Not as scared, or just as scared?

Senast ändrad: 26 oktober 2023

In the horse industry, many have noted that Icelandic horses reacts less fearful in fear eliciting situations in comparison to e.g. Warmblood horses. It is however unknown whether these horses are actually less scared or just reacting less scared. It may be that Icelandic horses have been selected to react less. A theory could therefore be that Icelandic horses react less fearful, but e.g. a heart rate measure could indicate how fearful they in fact are. This project would demand investigations on both breeds of horses conducted either 1) at the same location (the same stable/farm), or 2) on several farms if not possible to locate a farm with both breeds.


Qualifications: Master/kandidat student with a background in animal science, veterinary science or similar fields. As the studies are in collaborations with private training stables, good communication skills are required. Knowledge of ethology and animal welfare is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

Practical information: Experiments will be conducted indoor or outdoor depending on season and availability on the chosen farms. Previous experience with horses (preferably both breeds) and a driver’s license is required.