Nonpharmacologic management of stereotypic self-mutilative behavior in a stallion. Academic Article uri icon


  • Self-mutilative behavior, a form of stereotypic behavior, can be a serious problem in stallion management. An 11-year-old Quarter Horse stallion was referred for evaluation of repeated episodes of self-mutilation and aggressive behavior. Historically, this behavior worsened when the horse was isolated from other animals and confined to a stall for long periods. Observations of the stallion revealed episodes of self-mutilation and other forms of stereotypic behavior precipitated by stressful situations. Modification of this behavior was achieved by environmental and nutritional management and provision of adequate exercise. Nonpharmacologic intervention can be a simple and inexpensive way to correct self-mutilative behavior.

author list (cited authors)

  • McClure, S. R., Chaffin, M. K., & Beaver, B. V.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • June 1992