Equine Behavior, 2nd Edition

By Paul McGreevy, BVSc, PhD
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  • practical, hands-on approach to all aspects of equine behaviour
  • all factors that effect equine behaviour are discussed in detail
  • contrasts normal behaviour with abnormal behaviour
  • reviews all behavioural problems
  • latest drug therapies listed and reviewed
  • difficult-to-treat clinical problems such as head-shaking discussed by the leading researcher in this area
  • provides brief, clinical evaluation of 'horse-whispering'
  • key behavioural differences between horses and donkeys included

  • 特徴
    • 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 donkeys
    ISBN 9780702052927
    Author Information By Paul McGreevy, BVSc, PhD, Department of Animal Science, University of Sydney, NSW, Austrialia
    Published Reviews "With our association with animals there is the ever present tendency by us humans to interpret animal behaviour in a human way, and it is no different with horses. There are many occasions when we see or use human values and interpretations to describe or define the behaviour of our equine companions. More often than not it is done without us recognizing the fact, and to do so is to insult the uniqueness of equines and their behaviour. Observations on equine behaviour have been conducted for centuries and today there is greater inquiry from horse owners for information to understand more fully the behaviour of equines.

    If you have an inquiring and analytical mind and wish to understand better why and how your horse behaves then Dr Paul McGreevy's book Equine Behaviour is an outstanding reference. Although it is referred to as a guide for veterinarians and equine scientists, do not be put off. It contains a feast of information for the non-scientifically trained reader.
    There is a glossary of colloquialisms, ethological (what did you say? Hit an English dictionary it is in there) and equestrian terms for the vets and equine scientists, many of which would be only too familiar to equestrians.

    There are fifteen chapters covering 369 pages and the depth and breadth of the work is outstanding. Following the introductory chapter this reference work covers perception, behaviour and the brain, learning, social behaviour, communication, locomotory behaviour, ingestive behaviour, eliminative behaviour, body care, behaviour of the stallion, behaviour of the mare, training, handling and transport, and miscellaneous unwelcome behaviours, their causes and resolution. The utilization of photographs, line diagrams and tables to illustrate and amplify aspects of behaviour and key points is beautifully done. Furthermore the layout of the book is extremely reader friendly.

    What separates Dr McGreevy's book from other popular publications in the equine behaviour field is that his work is based on scientific study. Moreover it draws on scientific knowledge from over 1000 references. Dr McGreevy has drawn on the expertise of two contributors to enhance the work - Dr Caroline Hahn from the University of Edinburgh, UK wrote the chapter on behaviour and the brain and Dr McGreevy and Andrew McLean from the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, Victoria jointly wrote the chapter on training." Jane Vincent, Australian Horse Industry Research Newsletter, September 2004

    Hoofbeats, October 2004
    "This book is a unique attempt to throw light onto the how and why of problems and unwelcome behaviours, offering solutions and a practical hands-on approach to all aspects of equuine handling and management. The easy to read and well laid out format, including excellent illstrations, photo's, tables, graphs and a comprehensive glossary allow any horseperson to understand and benefit from this book."

    "This is a well-researched and well-presented review of current observations and ideas on the subject of equine behaviour. This book does educate and, in my opinion, should be read by anyone working with, or training to work, with horses."
    Deirdre Carson, February 2005
    Table of Content




    1. Introduction  

    2. Perception  

    3. Behavior and the brain  

    4. Learning  

    5. Social behavior  

    6. Communication  

    7. Locomotory behavior  

    8. Ingestive behavior  

    9. Eliminative behavior  

    10. Body care  

    11. Behavior of the stallion  

    12. Behavior of the mare  

    13. Equitation Science  

    14. Handling and transport  

    15. Miscellaneous unwelcome behaviors, their causes and resolution  

    Further reading  

    Glossary of colloquialisms, ethological and equestrian terms  

    発行日 07-09-2012
    Pages 354
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