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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.