Updated: Dec 14, 2020
An interesting new University study from Australia has just been issued and it's findings outline what we all remember (and some of us know from experience!) from reading those childhood 'Thelwell' and 'Penelope' books when we were younger - overweight, under-exercised horses and ponies are naughtier than slim ones!
It concludes that very fat horses and ponies are three times more likely to misbehave in comparison to their slimmer counterparts.
The study, 'Misbehaviour in Pony Club Horses: Incidence and Risk Factors', published in April this year by the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) is ground-breaking as it is the first paper of its kind to quantify the incidence of misbehaviour in a population of horses.