Summary: Even though horses may appear more comfortable in a stall than in a group setting, one study indicates that physiological stress indicators may tell a different story. This article presents what the best housing option might be.
Source: The Horse.
Individual stabling systems have developed partially out of convenience and partially out of a mistaken understanding of what’s comfortable for a horse.
INSIGHTS: Horses are prey animals and have survived for millions of years on open range. Much of this survival has been attributed to their herd structure and interactions. While modern-day horses have less predatory concerns than those of thousands of years ago, they are still wired to need herd interactions and companionship of the equine nature.