Horse Behaviour Explained: Origins, Treatment and Prevention of Problems, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Horse Behaviour Explained

Origins, Treatment and Prevention of Problems, 1st Edition

By Margit H Zeitler-Feicht

CRC Press

224 pages

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This book is a general guide to understanding horse behavior, how the horse learns and how horse handlers can adjust their behavior to avoid creating anxiety in the horse. The author begins by providing an overview of the evolution of the horse and the consequences of domestication. She goes on to provide a very detailed description of normal equine behavior and its impact on husbandry and training. This is followed by the causes of abnormal and undesirable behavior in the stable, handling and when being ridden. The author links difficulties arising from the management of horses today with the natural behavior of the horse and recommends therapeutic, as well as training, methods for horses exhibiting behavioral problems.

The central theme of this book is prevention or cure of undesirable behavior through understanding making this book useful to anyone who routinely works with horses, and is concerned with equine wellbeing.


…the photographs and line drawings are of very high quality and are used very effectively…a useful and user-friendly text.

Irish Veterinary Journal

This book is a welcome combination of the scientific and the practical…it would be hard to think of a behavioural problem which cannot be found in this book.

Equine Behaviour Forum

Table of Contents

The horse’s adaptability to the environment




Limitations of behavioral adaptability

Inborn behavioral patterns – implications for management and handling

Daily routine of free-roaming horses

Social behavior

Breeding behavior

Mare-foal behavior

Eating behavior

Drinking behavior

Resting behavior

Locomotion behavior

Excretion and marking behavior

Comfort behavior

Playing behavior

Curiosity and exploration behavior

Causes, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of problem behavior

Behavioural aberration or unwanted behavior?

Classification of behavioral abnormalities

Causes and triggers of problem behavior

Diagnosis of problem behavior

Basics of handling and learning psychology

Therapy and prevention of problem behavior

Problem behavior in the stable

Feeding behavior

Locomotion behavior

Social behavior

Comfort behavior

Resting behavior

Problem behavior during handling and use

Unwanted behavior during handling

Unwanted behavior during use

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal