Equine Behavior

1st Edition

A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists

Authors: Paul McGreevy
Paperback ISBN: 9780702026348
Imprint: Saunders Ltd.
Published Date: 23rd July 2004
Page Count: 412


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.

Key Features

  • Features a practical, hands-on approach to all aspects of equine behavior
  • Discusses all factors that effect equine behavior
  • Contrasts normal behavior with abnormal behavior
  • Reviews all behavioral problems
  • Lists and reviews the latest drug therapies
  • Addresses difficult-to-treat clinical problems such as head-shaking, with insights from the leading researcher in this area
  • Provides a brief clinical evaluation of 'horse-whispering'
  • Illustrates the key behavioral differences between horses and donkeys

Table of Contents

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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About the Author

Paul McGreevy

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Animal Science, University of Sydney, NSW, Austrialia