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Horses ( Equus caballus )

By I. Ekesbo

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This chapter covers horse domestication, changes in the animals and their environment, management, behaviour and welfare. Focus is given on innate or learned behaviour and different types of social behaviour. Some of the normal physiological frequency values of interest at clinical examination are presented. Moreover, the active and resting behaviour patterns are discussed as well as the eliminative behaviour (defaecation and urination). Body care and cleanliness are also highlighted. The temperature regulation and climate requirements of horses are also presented. Horse vision and their behaviour in light and darkness as well as acoustic communication are also considered. The senses of smell, taste and olfaction as well as tactile are also covered. The reproductive behaviour of horses are also discussed as well as nursing, suckling and playing behaviour. The assessment of horse health and welfare, capturing, fixation and handling and importance of human-horse relationship are also presented.

Date 2011
Publication Title Farm animal behaviour
Pages 3-16
ISBN/ISSN 978-1-84593-770-6
Publisher CABI
Location of Publication Wallingford
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal communication
  4. Animal diseases
  5. Animal genetics
  6. Animal health and hygiene
  7. Animal physiology
  8. Animal reproduction
  9. Animal welfare
  10. Assessment
  11. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  12. Body temperature
  13. Defecation
  14. Domestication
  15. Environment
  16. Grooming
  17. Handling
  18. Horses
  19. Learning
  20. Mating behavior
  21. play
  22. Reproduction
  23. rest
  24. restraint of animals
  25. senses
  26. Social behavior
  27. Sport animals
  28. suckling
  29. thermoregulation
  30. urination
  31. vision
  32. vocalizations