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Study to learn secrets of equine couch potatoes
  It is hoped the Big Brother tactics will deliver results useful in tackling growing levels of equine obesity.

Researchers hope the study will help them discover exactly what makes the equine equivalent of a couch potato.

One in three horses in Britain, and over 80 per cent of ponies, are currently believed to be in danger of fat-related health risks such as laminitis - the equine equivalent of a human heart attack.

Tiny cameras, GPS devices and movement monitors will be attached to the horses used in the study to analyse every last aspect of their lifestyles.

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  • Date:

    31 October 2010

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  • Library of Congress:

    QL Zoology

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    591.5 Behaviour


Smith, D. (2010). Study to learn secrets of equine couch potatoes.,



Horses; obesity; animal nutrition;

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