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Daniel Klich and Magdalena Grudzien (2013)

Selective use of forest habitat by Bilgoraj horses


Primitive horses are quite often kept in nature reserves with access to the forest, which they sometimes penetrate to use the vegetation. Horses, as grazers, use specific foraging and anti-predator strategies that differ from typical browsers. The aim of the study was to assess the factors influencing the pattern of forest use by Bilgoraj horses. We hypothesized that the essential factors influencing their pattern of foraging are: browse abundance, distance to pasture, and openness of the habitat. Data were collected at the Bilgoraj Horse-Breeding Centre near Janow Lubelski, Poland. The horses browsed significantly more on woody vegetation in parts of the forest more exposed to sunlight and more abundant in browse material (especially containing preferred species). Distance to the main pasture had a significant effect upon browsing intensity only when an interaction with the abundance of preferred browse was considered.

Bilgoraj horse; browse; forest; habitat openness
  • ISSN: 0777-6276

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium


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