Equine Behavior

Equine Behavior

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Equine Behavior is a guide for veterinarians and students written for all those who really want to know what makes horses tick. Behavioural problems in the stable and under the saddle are a concern for veterinarians around the world because their underlying cause is often problems with welfare and abuse. Vets, trainers, and breeders must, therefore, know their horse's behaviour well and treat it as a guide to the problem, regardless of whether it is of clinical or training origin. Because they should constantly observe the reactions of horses to their surroundings, they are really involuntary students of horse behaviourism.

Based on more than a thousand references, Equine Behavior presents the topic based on the rules prevailing among free-living horses, and also considering the impact of management and training on reactions of domestic horses. Veterinarians often think that their patients' mental health is beyond their qualifications. This book raises many important gaps to allow practitioners to understand how horses can learn unwanted behaviours and how to change this behaviour if necessary.

The new edition is based on the success of the previous version and presents a detailed overview of all chapters, supplemented with the latest developments in the dynamically developing field of horse behaviourism. The chapter on Equitation Science has been significantly expanded, and important changes have been introduced in the sections on stereotypical behaviour, cognitive research, nutrition and breeding conditions. The book is a mandatory purchase for all veterinarians and scientists who deal with horses, trainers, riders, and everyone interested in the subject.

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. Behavior of the mare
13. Equitation Science
14. Handling and transport
15. Miscellaneous unwelcome behaviours, their causes and resolution
Glossary of colloquialisms, ethological and equestrian terms

Language: English
Cover: hard
Number of pages: 378
Year of publication: 2012