Horse Behavior

Horse Behavior

2nd Edition - December 3, 2002

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  • Author: George Waring
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780815514848

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First published in 1983, the second edition of this informative book remains the most comprehensive and current overview of the behavioral traits and adaptations of horses. The book integrates findings from hundreds of international researchers to provide the reader a factual synthesis of the behavior of domestic and feral horses. Building on the strengths of the first edition, the author has thoroughly updated coverage of horse ancestry, development, perception, learning, play, social behavior, behavioral manipulation, maintenance activities, and sexual behavior. In this second edition more emphasis has been given to animal husbandry and management. Additionally, the second edition includes an all-new section on ecological influences on activity patterns, habitat utilization, social behavior and reproduction. An expanded section on applied ethology provides behavioral considerations for management and insight regarding the behavioral indicators of horse health and well being. This is followed with an updated appendix listing behavioral symptoms and possible causes. The text contains numerous tables and nearly 100 illustrations and photos.


Animal scientists, veterinarians, horse breeders, agricultural and zoological managers and handlers, animal behaviorists, and horse enthusiasts worldwide.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Ancestry of the Horse
    Perception and Orientation
    Motor Patterns
    Behavioral Development
    Ontogeny of Behavior Patterns
    Investigative Behavior
    Learning and Memory
    Maintenance Activities
    Resting and Sleep
    Ingestive Behavior
    Eliminative Behavior
    Comfort Behavior
    Reproductive Behavior
    Sexual Behavior of Stallions
    Sexual Behavior of Mares
    Maternal Behavior
    Social Behavior
    Social Organization
    Social Attachment
    Home Range and Territoriality
    Social Dominance
    Agonistic Behavior
    Communicative Behavior
    Ecological Influences
    Interaction of Horses and Their Environment
    Ecological Influences on Reproduction and Social Behavior
    Applied Ethology in Horse Care and Management
    Behavioral Considerations in Horse Management
    Behavioral Manipulation
    Behavioral Indicators Relevant to Health and Well-Being
    Variety of Behavioral Symptoms and Possible Problems Indicated

Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2007
  • Published: December 3, 2002
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780815514848

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George Waring

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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA

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