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The Horse: A natural history
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Debbie Busby Catrin Rutland
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The Horse: A natural history

Debbie Busby Catrin Rutland



Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: mammals;
Horses & ponies


224 pages

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The Horse: A Natural History looks not only at the horse in the human context, but also at its own story, and at the way horses live and have lived both alongside people and independently. An initial chapter on Evolution & Development takes the reader from the tiny prehistoric Eohippus to modern-day Equus. Subsequent chapters on Anatomy & Biology and Society & Behaviour offer a succinct explanation of equine anatomy, and outline the current thinking on horse behaviour, incorporating information taken from the most recent research. Chapter 4, Horses & People, studies the part the horse has played in human history. Finally, a visually stunning gallery of breeds offers wonderful photographs alongside individual breed profiles. This is an essential addition to every horse enthusiasts library.

By:   Debbie Busby, Catrin Rutland
Imprint:   Ivy
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 196mm, 
ISBN:   9781782405658
ISBN 10:   1782405658
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introducing the horse 6-11 Chapter 1 Evolution & Development Ancestors of the modern horse 14-15 Related species & distant cousins 16-19 The full breadth of species 20-23 Conquering the globe 24-7 First links with humans 28-31 Chapter 2 Anatomy & Biology The horse as a mammal 32-3 Life cycle of the horse 34-5 The mechanics of breeding 36-9 The skeleton 40-43 The teeth & jaw 44-7 How the hoof developed 48-9 Eating & digestive system 50-51 Hearing & smell 52-5 Coat & color 56-7 Horse sense-how horses think 58-61 Equine illness 62-3 The horse genome 64-5 Chapter 3 Society & Behavior Eating & sleeping 66-9 Courtship & mating 70-73 Birth & parenting 72-3 Foals & early life 74-7 Social groups & behavior 78-81 Horse-horse communication 82-85 Horse vocalization 86-7 Cognition in horses 88-9 Memory in horses 90-91 Learning in horses 92-3 Wild vs. domesticated horses 94-5 Chapter 4 Horses & People Early relations: before domestication 96-7 The first herders 98-101 Many uses: early horses 102-105 Riding horses: the story of tack 106-109 The history of training 110-15 The war horse 116-19 The sporting horse 120-123 Early breeding science 124-7 Breeding for specifics 128-131 Centers of breeding worldwide 132-35 Horses for profit: the economy of horses 136-39 Ethology & ethics 140-45 What we know about how horses think 146-49 Chapter 5 Horse Breeds Historic breeds 150-53 The range of modern breeds 154-7 Directory of horses 158-213 The future of breeding 214-17 Useful Resources Author biographies 218 Bibliography 219-220 Index 221-23 Acknowledgments 224

Debbie Busby is an equine behaviorist with degrees in Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare and Psychology. She is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and runs the Evolution Equine website.

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