Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Learn the differences in perception between the horse and man
- understand horse behaviour as it is shaped by evolution and natural selection
- learn the bases of horse communication
- know the principal causes of abnormal behaviour in horses for prevention purposes
This course has been designed to create the basis for managing a human-horse relationship based on respect and cooperation that involves the use of non-violent techniques in training and handling.
Veterinary Ethology and Physiology of Equines are a prerequisite for this course.
Course contents summary
Perception in horses: the senses
Horse behaviour as it is shaped by evolution and natural selection. Concept of homeostasis
Communication: Language of the horse. Visual, tactile, acoustic and chemical signals
Neonatal behaviour in the foal and maternal behaviour of the mare. Suckling. Abnormal neonatal behaviour; abnormal maternal behaviour. Imprinting.
Social behaviour and learning in the foal; social and hierarchical instinct.
Feeding behaviour while grazing and in the stable.
Sexual behaviour of the mare and stallion. Abnormal sexual behaviour
Pathological stereotipies: causes, consequences and possible controls
D. Mills e K. Nankervis. Comportamento equino: principi e pratica. Calderini Edagricole
P.McGreevy. Equine behavior. Sauders
A. F. Fraser.Comportamento del cavallo. Edagricole
M. Roberts. From my hands to yours.
lecture with Power Point presentation
visits to stud-farms