By Paul D. McGreevy, Andrew N. McLean
Equitation technological know-how is a kind of infrequent books that's going to alter the way in which we teach and deal with horses perpetually. It brings jointly a primary knowing of ways horses imagine and behave and offers a procedure of contemporary education that has the welfare of the pony at its middle – it has to be the basis paintings for the following iteration and beginner riders and running shoes. Riders will trip greater, running shoes will teach larger and we are going to have happier, more fit horses.
—Wayne Channon, foreign Grand Prix Rider
Written by means of the world over recognized specialists, Equitation Science is the 1st e-book to attract jointly the foundations of this rising box right into a much-needed coherent resource of information.
The aim of equitation technology is to augment our knowing of ways horses imagine and examine, and to exploit their common behaviour to coach, trip or compete with them in as reasonable a way as attainable. The welfare outcomes of educating and competing horses less than diversified protocols are explored. Drawing on conventional and emergent thoughts, this booklet accommodates studying thought into a moral equine education approach compatible for all degrees. It additionally makes a speciality of evidence-based techniques that increase rider safety.
I chanced on this a really attention-grabbing and enlightening book. Equitation technological know-how will aid somebody concerned with horses to appreciate them extra and to be more suitable of their education and schooling. the information this brings to a person concerned with horses may help to make the horses’ lives more straightforward and for that reason enable the partnership among people and equines to flourish.
—Yogi Breisner, British Eventing functionality Manager
Equitation technology is an formidable and thorough examine a massive diversity of parts, ways and elements about the education of horses. The authors have an underlying topic to their textual content of scientifically assessing after which additionally selling using moral and humane equipment of horse education to extend all activity horses’ welfare and happiness inside their carrying requirements. Equitation technological know-how also offers a useful perception as to how and why what we do with our horses really works.
—Paul Tapner, specialist overseas complex Eventing Rider, Badminton CCI**** 2010 Winner
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Tention of neighbouring horses. 13). As social animals with excellent vision, one might predict that horses would use observations to improve their biological fitness. With animals that conform to a certain social order, it makes sense that they should be able to learn from pre-trained conspecifics; for example, young farm horses were traditionally harnessed alongside a steady mature plough horse to be taught verbal driving commands. But this is associative and not necessarily observational learning (see Glossary).
That said, responses trained in-hand can reliably transfer to the ridden context. Relating ethologically There are great difficulties in determining social hierarchies among groups of horses. , 2000). Even if we confine ourselves to a study of food-related displacements, motivation can change from one hour to the next. For example, a horse is less likely to defend a feed bucket after it has recently sated its appetite. Furthermore, hierarchies are often not simply linear because coalitions among horses within an established social group mean that the presence of key affiliates affects the ability of individuals to retain and access resources (McGreevy, 2004).
The lack of active behavioural responses in such animals increases the need for physiological measures that characterise the state of learned helplessness. Giving horses control of their own environment can be a very successful method of enrichment. One application of such operant devices is in consumer-demand studies, where custom-built devices are operated by the horse (as the consumer) to grant it access to resources such as food, liberty and company. The work that horses put into using these devices reflects, at least in part, the value they place on each resource.