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Preface vii Acknowledgements ix 1 The Quest for Knowledge 1 2 Cognitive Ethology 6 3 Anthropomorphism 36 4 Learning I: Non-associative 56 5 Learning II: Associative (Attractive) 70 6 Learning III: Associative (Aversive) 85 7 Applying Learning Theory 104 8 Training 128 9 Horses in Sport andWork 162 10 Apparatus 179 11 Biomechanics 198 12 Unorthodox Techniques 218 13 Fight and Flight Responses and Manifestations 225 14 Ethical Equitation 258 15 The Future of Equitation Science 265 Glossary of the Terms and Definitions and of Processes Associated with Equitation 273 References 289 Index 305

About the Author

Paul McGreevy BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, MACVS (Animal Welfare), isAssociate Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,University of Sydney, Australia. He is an RCVS RecognisedSpecialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, and has a PhD inhorse behaviour. His research work and teaching in horse welfarehave been recognised by numerous international awards and he actsas a scientific advisor to many of the world s leading animalcharities. He has a wealth of practical experience both as a ridinginstructor and an equine veterinary practitioner, and has beentraining dogs and horses since his childhood. Andrew McLean BSc DipEd PhD is one of the world sforemost equine behavioral practitioners and is Principal Trainerat the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre. He regularly conductsclinics in a variety of international locations, and holds a PhD inanimal neuroscience. He has represented Australia in Horse Trials,in dressage he has competed to FEI level and he has also ridden toGrand Prix and Championship level in Show-jumping. He has trainedand coached some of the world s leading riders, trainers andcoaches, and has reformed internationally competitive horses up toOlympic Games and World Championship level.


This is a brilliant and extensive effort at explainingthe science behind many common correct and incorrect horsemanshipand training techniques. The first half on the science of behaviorand learning theory will not be for all readers, but for those whopersist, it builds the foundation for the second half wheremisbehaviors are dealt with from a scientific standpoint. This isan excellent addition to the scientific behavioralliterature. (Doddy's, 20 April 2012)'...the book is a must for every equine veterinary practice, equinetraining and teaching institution, and anyone concerned with horseswho wants to be involved with their own individual training anddevelopment. It is a thought provoking textbook that will help thenext generation of horse owners and equine enthusiasts to considerand reconsider their training and development protocols and willprovide many others with the knowledge that what they are doing isright and, more importantly, why it is right. Ultimatelythis book can only have a positive effect on the welfare of thehorse and on the human equine bond.' (The Vet Journal,December 2011)

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