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Equine Behavior

A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists

Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists is the quintessential reference for all who really want to know what makes horses tick.

Research in horse behavior has made great strides in recent years. This book examines the truth behind modern trends and ancient traditions. Full of insight, it rounds up the latest findings of practitioners and researchers from all over the world, drawing on both cutting-edge research and best practice. With more than 1,000 references, the book explores equine behavior from first principles, by considering the behavior of free-ranging horses and focusing on ways in which management and training influence the responses of their domestic counterparts. Equine physicians, trainers, handlers and owners all need to be students of equine behavior, because the first sign of a problem is often a change in behavior. So, whether you own, ride, lead, groom, feed or heal horses, what you observe is vital to your understanding.

Behavioral problems in the stable and under saddle are a grave concern for equine veterinarians worldwide, because they can lead to poor performance, welfare issues, abuse and, ultimately, wastage. Traditionally, veterinarians gave priority to the physical health of their equine patients. This book is a unique attempt to demonstrate the way science can throw light on how and why problems and unwelcome behaviors arise. It also offers ways to bring about change for the better.

Beautifully illustrated with photographs and line diagrams, Equine Behavior: A guide for veterinarians and equine scientists is an essential resource for practising veterinarians, students and enthusiasts with a specific interest in horses, ponies, and donkeys. Professional trainers and handlers, equine scientists and behavior therapists will also find its contents invaluable.

Hardbound, 412 Pages

Published: July 2004

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-7020-2634-8

Contents

  • Foreword
    1. Introduction
    2. Perception
    3. Behaviour and the brain
    4. Learning
    5. Social behaviour
    6. Communication
    7. Locomotory behaviour
    8. Ingestive behaviour
    9. Eliminative behaviour
    10. Body care
    11. Behaviour of the stallion
    12. Behaviour of the mare
    13. Training
    14. Handling and transport
    15. Miscellaneous
    16. Glossary

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