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Overview

Equitation Science is one of those rare books that is going to change the way we train and manage horses forever. It brings together a fundamental understanding of the way horses think and behave and presents a system of modern training that has the welfare of the horse at its core – it must be the foundation work for the next generation of professional and amateur riders and trainers. Riders will ride better, trainers will train better and we will have happier, healthier horses.
Wayne Channon, International Grand Prix Rider

Written by two internationally recognised experts, Equitation Science is the first book to draw together the principles of this emerging field into a much-needed coherent source of information.

The goal of equitation science is to enhance our understanding of how horses think and learn, and to use their natural behaviour to train, ride or compete with them in as fair a manner as possible. The welfare consequences of training and competing horses under different protocols are explored. Drawing on traditional and emergent techniques, this book incorporates learning theory into an ethical equine training system suitable for all levels. It also focuses on evidence-based approaches that improve rider safety.

I found this a very interesting and enlightening book. Equitation Science will help anyone involved with horses to understand them more and to be more effective in their training and education. The knowledge this brings to anyone involved with horses should help to make the horses’ lives easier and therefore allow the partnership between humans and equines to flourish.
Yogi Breisner, British Eventing Performance Manager

Equitation Science is an ambitious and thorough look at an enormous range of areas, approaches and factors concerning the training of horses. The authors have an underlying theme to their text of scientifically assessing and then also promoting the use of ethical and humane methods of horse training to increase all sport horses’ welfare and happiness within their sporting requirements. Equitation Science also provides an invaluable insight as to how and why what we do with our horses actually works.
Paul Tapner, Professional International Advanced Eventing Rider, Badminton CCI**** 2010 Winner

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This is a brilliant and extensive effort at explaining the science behind many common correct and incorrect horsemanship and training techniques. The first half on the science of behavior and learning theory will not be for all readers, but for those who persist, it builds the foundation for the second half where misbehaviors are dealt with from a scientific standpoint. This is an excellent addition to the scientific behavioral literature.” (Doddy's, 20 April 2012)

'...the book is a must for every equine veterinary practice, equine training and teaching institution, and anyone concerned with horses who wants to be involved with their own individual training and development. It is a thought provoking textbook that will help the next generation of horse owners and equine enthusiasts to consider and reconsider their training and development protocols and will provide many others with the knowledge that what they are doing is right – and, more importantly, why it is right. Ultimately this book can only have a positive effect on the welfare of the horse and on the human– equine bond.' (The Vet Journal, December 2011)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book was written by two expert Australian behaviorists with extensive horse industry experience.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe "the first equine-training system that is totally based on what is referred to in the behavioural sciences as 'learning theory.'" While laudable, the bold statement that "it will help to ensure that humane, proficient horsemanship becomes more prevalent" will prove difficult to measure as an outcome of this publication.
Audience: The book is intended for "horse industry personnel, and indeed everyone who spends time with horses and ponies." While the intent is to appeal to a wide section of the horse industry, some of the science described may be difficult for the novice, layman, or nonscientist. On the other hand, some of the training techniques may prove difficult to understand by the inexperienced veterinarian who may not have an extensive horsemanship background.
Features: The first half of the book is devoted to the complex sciences of behavior and learning theory. The second half, devoted more to the biomechanics, behavior, and misbehavior of horses at work, is more directly applicable immediately without as much concentrated study as the first half. The book is richly illustrated with photographs and drawings and is supplemented extensively with charts and graphs that help to explain succinctly what is described at length in the text.
Assessment: This is a brilliant and extensive effort at explaining the science behind many common correct and incorrect horsemanship and training techniques. The first half on the science of behavior and learning theory will not be for all readers, but for those who persist, it builds the foundation for the second half where misbehaviors are dealt with from a scientific standpoint. This is an excellent addition to the scientific behavioral literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405189057
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/27/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 755,528
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul McGreevy BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, MACVS (Animal Welfare), is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia. He is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, and has a PhD in horse behaviour. His research work and teaching in horse welfare have been recognised by numerous international awards and he acts as a scientific advisor to many of the world’s leading animal charities. He has a wealth of practical experience both as a riding instructor and an equine veterinary practitioner, and has been training dogs and horses since his childhood.

Andrew McLean BSc DipEd PhD is one of the world’s foremost equine behavioral practitioners and is Principal Trainer at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. He regularly conducts clinics in a variety of international locations, and holds a PhD in animal neuroscience. He has represented Australia in Horse Trials, in dressage he has competed to FEI level and he has also ridden to Grand Prix and Championship level in Show-jumping. He has trained and coached some of the world’s leading riders, trainers and coaches, and has reformed internationally competitive horses up to Olympic Games and World Championship level.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

1 The Quest for Knowledge 1

2 Cognitive Ethology 6

3 Anthropomorphism 36

4 Learning I: Non-associative 56

5 Learning II: Associative (Attractive) 70

6 Learning III: Associative (Aversive) 85

7 Applying Learning Theory 104

8 Training 128

9 Horses in Sport and Work 162

10 Apparatus 179

11 Biomechanics 198

12 Unorthodox Techniques 218

13 Fight and Flight Responses and Manifestations 225

14 Ethical Equitation 258

15 The Future of Equitation Science 265

Glossary of the Terms and Definitions and of Processes Associated with Equitation 273

References 289

Index 305

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