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.
|Publication Title||Farm animal behaviour|
|Location of Publication||Wallingford|
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