Equine Behaviour: Principles and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

Understanding the flexibility and limits of behaviour is essential to improving both the horse's welfare and its performance. This book tackles the fundamental principles which will enable owners, riders, trainers and students to understand scientific principles and apply them in practice. Subjects covered include the analysis of influences on equine behaviour, the perceptual world of the horse, learning and training techniques including the latest developments in "join-up" and "imprint training".

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Douglas E. Hutchens, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This softcover book is divided into three sections and ten chapters covering origins and concepts, mechanisms, and learning, training, management, and/or modification of equine behavior. Welfare aspects of the domesticated horse are also discussed. Other topics for discussion are included, as are references at the conclusion of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide equine specialists and veterinary students with a basic understanding of equine behavior.
Audience: The intended audience is equine specialists and veterinary students.
Features: This text features both basic animal science and its practical application to demonstrate cause and reason for most equine behavior. The authors thoroughly review the evolution of equines to today's horses to further illustrate the mechanism of common reactions of horses in most situations. Also, the physiology of external stimuli processing is explained in great detail. Finally, at the end of each chapter, important topics for discussion are listed to stimulate thought and interaction of students to promote a better understanding of the material.
Assessment: The authors do a good job of elucidating the mechanisms behind equine behavior and habits. Through this approach, many equine behaviors are easily understood. Those veterinary students without an extensive background and knowledge in equine husbandry and behavior will find this information especially helpful as they fulfill their requirements in equine medicine in the curriculum. Conversely, it should be noted that this text is not another book describing the 'in vogue' training method but is the basis for a thorough understanding of the mechanisms and origins of equine behavior.
Douglas E. Hutchens
This softcover book is divided into three sections and ten chapters covering origins and concepts, mechanisms, and learning, training, management, and/or modification of equine behavior. Welfare aspects of the domesticated horse are also discussed. Other topics for discussion are included, as are references at the conclusion of each chapter. The purpose is to provide equine specialists and veterinary students with a basic understanding of equine behavior. The intended audience is equine specialists and veterinary students. This text features both basic animal science and its practical application to demonstrate cause and reason for most equine behavior. The authors thoroughly review the evolution of equines to today's horses to further illustrate the mechanism of common reactions of horses in most situations. Also, the physiology of external stimuli processing is explained in great detail. Finally, at the end of each chapter, important topics for discussion are listed to stimulate thought and interaction of students to promote a better understanding of the material. The authors do a good job of elucidating the mechanisms behind equine behavior and habits. Through this approach, many equine behaviors are easily understood. Those veterinary students without an extensive background and knowledge in equine husbandry and behavior will find this information especially helpful as they fulfill their requirements in equine medicine in the curriculum. Conversely, it should be noted that this text is not another book describing the 'in vogue' training method but is the basis for a thorough understanding of the mechanisms and origins of equine behavior.
Booknews
Primarily geared towards horse trainers and others who work with horses, this guide uses nonscientific language to describe scientific principles behind behavior. Including advice on how to correct problems, material covered includes equine evolution, biology, development, social organization, information processing, and sexual behavior. Distributed by Iowa State U. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632048786
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Mills BVSc, MRCVS is a Veterinary Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Studies at De Montfort University, Lincoln, from where he also runs a referral behaviour clinic, and Kathryn Nankervis BSC (Hons), MSc is a Lecturer in Equine Physiology at De Montfort University, Lincoln. She is also the founder of the Equi-Tutor Learning Programme.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements..

PART ONE: Understanding Behaviour Concepts.

1. Approaches to the Study of Behaviour.

2. Origins of behaviour.

3. The Evolutionary History of the Horse.

4. The Lifetime Development of Behavior..

PART TWO: Mechanisms of Behaviour.

5. The processing of Information.

6. The Special Senses.

7. Communication and Social Organisation.

8. Sexual and reproductive behaviour of Horses..

PART THREE: The Flexibility of behaviour and its Management.

9.Learning and Training.

10. Welfare.

Appendix.

Index.

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