Part 1 looks at the constraints which apply to the modern horse because of its evolutionary history and the nature of the evolutionary process itself. Part 2 examines the processes and mechanism which control the behaviour and responses of a horse and explores the sources of individual variation, whilst Part 3 looks at the effect of the environment on the horse′s behaviour and welfare. This includes a critical look at current and recent training techniques such as ′imprint training and ′join up′.
Here is a readable, scientific text expertly illustrated throughout the clarify the key concepts in equine behaviour.
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.