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The nature of horses : exploring equine evolution, intelligence, and behavior

Author: Stephen Budiansky
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Horses have a shared history with man going back millennia to their domestication around 4000 B.C. Yet only in very recent years have scientists begun to turn the tools of modern science on this remarkable animal that has been so wrapped up in human dreams and legends. Now modern scientific research is beginning to explain long-standing mysteries about the true nature of the horse. How well can horses really see?  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Budiansky
ISBN: 0684827689 9780684827681
OCLC Number: 35723713
Description: xiii, 290 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Franklin M. Loew --
Ch. 1. The Improbability of the Horse --
Ch. 2. From the Brink of Oblivion --
Ch. 3. Equine Nature, Human Nature --
Ch. 4. Socioecology --
Ch. 6. Seeing and Perceiving --
Ch. 6. Horse Talk --
Ch. 7. Horse Sense --
Ch. 8. The Mechanics of Movement --
Ch. 9. Assume a Spherical Horse --
Ch. 10. Nature or Nurture? --
Conclusion: The Fate of the Horse.
Responsibility: Stephen Budiansky.
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Horses have a shared history with man going back millennia to their domestication around 4000 B.C. Yet only in very recent years have scientists begun to turn the tools of modern science on this remarkable animal that has been so wrapped up in human dreams and legends. Now modern scientific research is beginning to explain long-standing mysteries about the true nature of the horse. How well can horses really see? What causes breakdowns in racehorses? How intelligent are they compared to other animals, and are some breeds smarter than others? Does nature or nurture matter more in creating a great sport horse? What causes cribbing and other vices? In this beautifully illustrated, compelling narrative, Budiansky tells the story of the origins, behavior, intelligence and language of the horse.

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