Equine Behavior: A guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists is
the quintessential reference for all who really want to know what
makes horses tick. Research in horse behavior has made great
strides in recent years. This book examines the truth behind modern
trends and ancient traditions. Full of insight, it rounds up the
latest findings of practitioners and researchers from all over the
world, drawing on both cutting-edge research and best practice.
With more than 1,000 references, the book explores equine behavior
from first principles, by considering the behavior of free-ranging
horses and focusing on ways in which management and training
influence the responses of their domestic counterparts. Equine
physicians, trainers, handlers and owners all need to be students
of equine behavior, because the first sign of a problem is often a
change in behavior. So, whether you own, ride, lead, groom, feed or
heal horses, what you observe is vital to your understanding.
Behavioral problems in the stable and under saddle are a grave
concern for equine veterinarians worldwide, because they can lead
to poor performance, welfare issues, abuse and, ultimately,
wastage. Traditionally, veterinarians gave priority to the physical
health of their equine patients. This book is a unique attempt to
demonstrate the way science can throw light on how and why problems
and unwelcome behaviors arise. It also offers ways to bring about
change for the better. Beautifully illustrated with more than 500
photographs and line diagrams, Equine Behavior: A guide for
veterinarians and equine scientists is an essential resource for
practising veterinarians, students and enthusiasts with a specific
interest in horses, ponies, and donkeys. Professional trainers and
handlers, equine scientists and behavior therapists will also find
its contents invaluable. Paul McGreevy is Senior Lecturer in Animal
Behavior at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary
Science Features a practical, hands-on approach to all aspects of
equine behavior Discusses all factors that effect equine behavior
Contrasts normal behavior with abnormal behavior Reviews all
behavioral problems Lists and reviews the latest drug therapies
Addresses difficult-to-treat clinical problems such as
head-shaking, with insights from the leading researcher in this
area Provides a brief clinical evaluation of 'horse-whispering'
Illustrates the key behavioral differences between horses and
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