- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Eclipse Press (Feb. 25 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581500904
- ISBN-13: 978-1581500905
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 23 cm
- Shipping Weight: 871 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #753,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Equid Ethogram: A Practical Field Guide to Horse Behavior Hardcover – Feb 25 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
More than 15 years of research and observation from students and experts at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center have gone into McDonnell's formal catalogue of equine behavior. Designed to be useful to the widest possible range of readers, from veterinarians to high school students, and from horse buffs to those engaged in serious scientific study, this fully illustrated volume (the first of its kind) offers definitions of hundreds of actions observed in domestic horses and other equids such as zebras, donkeys and Przewalski horses (the domestic horse's primitive living ancestor). McDonnell (Understanding Horse Behavior) organizes the book into six general categories, including maintenance behavior, social communication, intermale interaction and play; each specific behavior is defined and illustrated with both a photograph and a line drawing. Additional comments about the behavior are often included in the entry (e.g. rearing is a way of establishing dominance), as well as brief lists of scientific papers that also identify the behavior. Many of the observations come from the study of a semi-feral pony herd that McDonnell established at the Bolton Center (and most of the photos, like the one captioned "foal picking up field data sheet," feature these ponies as well), but the author also includes a section on shaped and aberrant behaviors more common in "domestically managed" horses. A careful and serious reference, this volume is also an accessible introduction to horse behavior.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are many behaviors listed in this book. Some with drawings (not really professional but you get the idea of them).
Example: You have a drawing with a description of the act; THAT'S IT! No explanation of why it is occurring, possible impact, not even an utterance!
Anyone can sit there and watch a horse for a week and document what they see. Good job on that accomplishment. You certainly don't need a PHD for this task unless it is in marketing useless stuff. Next week I am going to watch my dog and write a book on everything he does. I have to remind myself NOT to include any interpretation of why he is doing this. Hopefully some people who really want to know answers will buy this book and find it just as useless as I cash my monthly commission check.
Where is the meat of this book? In the past I have bought some pretty horrible books. Even with the worst of them I could find a reason not to have to repack and reship it back. In this case I couldn't find one! This is the first book among over $15,000 worth of book, bought in the last 4 years to ever be returned.
I can almost put money on WHO wrote the rave review!
Great as puppy lining in a crate
Something to give a grade school student for the nice roughly draw photos
Something to give to a writer on what not to write
You have to pay for it
You have to invest about 5 min before you realize what you have purchased
You have to make a choice of throwing it out or shipping it back
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
For horse owners who are already well versed in equid behavior, or those casually studying behavior and looking for a more in-depth description to assist them in reading the scientific literature, you need this book.
But if you just want to know why horses do what they do, or are interested in better horsekeeping, then read "Equine Welfare" by Marthe Kiley-Worthington.
The text that is in the book challenges the conventional view of horse herd behavior that focus on an "alpha mare" and stallion running the show with submissive horses falling in line. Dr. McDonnell's nuanced view of horse herd behavior shows us, in her words, a "more complex, less linear order; with division of leadership and defense roles played by a number of individuals and sometimes with alliances that swing into action depending upon the situation."
If you are interested in horse behavior in the herd and how horses relate to each other, there is no better place to start than by purchasing Dr. McDonnell's "The Equid Ethogram."