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The Horse: A natural history
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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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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