Horse Behavior - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780815514848, 9780815517924

Horse Behavior

2nd Edition

Authors: George Waring
Print ISBN: 9780815514848
eBook ISBN: 9780815517924
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 3rd December 2002
Page Count: 456

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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 Play 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 Appendix Variety of Behavioral Symptoms and Possible Problems Indicated


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About the Author

George Waring

Affiliations and Expertise

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA


"The coverage in the book is incredibly broad, thorough and detailed." - Cheryl Asa, Director of Research, St. Louis Zoo