Horses perceive the world differently from humans because their senses developed differently through evolution to cope with different ways of living and surviving. Horses are essentially prey/flight animals. The horse’s senses therefore determine how the world appears to him and how he reacts to it. As the horse’s perception and understanding are very different to ours sometimes their reaction to events and their surroundings seem strange to us. In this book the author compares the horses sensory organs with those of humans to avoid misunderstandings as lack of knowledge can lead to many problems when dealing with horses.
The five senses are covered in this book – hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. Each section explains how the horses sense works and then this is related to care, behaviour and riding, explaining why some practices are appropriate and why some are not. The behavioural aspect of dealing with horses is emphasised throughout. The author is founder of the Equine Behaviour Forum and author of over 40 books on equine topics. She has an HNC in Equine Sciences and Management, is a Classical Riding Club Gold Award Holder and classical trainer, an equine shiatsu practitioner and an Associate Member of the International Society for Equitation Science.
This book is useful for all horse owners, horse breeders and trainers who wish to gain a better understanding of how the horse’s senses function, and for veterinary students and practitioners.
o The author explains how the five senses define the horse’s perception of the world and how they are very different from our own. • The senses are related to care of the horse, behaviour and riding • The behavioural aspect of dealing with horses is emphasised throughout
Part 1: General Anatomy and Physiology
1.The Nervous System
2.The Endocrine/Hormonal System
Part 2: Systems of Communication and Control
3.The Sense of Smell
4.The Sense of Taste
5.The Sense of Hearing
6.The Sense of Sight
7.The Sense of Touch
Part 3: Management and Work
8.The Sense of Smell
9.The Sense of Taste
10.The Sense of Hearing
11.The Sense of Sight
12.The Sense of Touch
...well structured... well illustrated, and Susan McBane has made full use
of diagrams and pictures to portray the science and her own theories... touches
on many complementary therapies... this section may appeal to those attracted
to these therapies, although others with little experience in these fields may
also benefit from its informative and well-written descriptions... informative
and easy to read.
Natasha Hillary, Veterinary Record, 31 Mar 2012
...contains many gems of insight... Bottom Line: If you’re a real student
of horsemanship, this book will increase your depth of understanding without
over-doing it on anatomy and physiology. You’ll finish it thinking more,
well, like a horse... Best Suited For: Those who crave insight into your horse’s
natural behavoir and how that can improve communcation... fascinating tidbits
about equine mutual grooming, stall design, trailering problems, managing feeding
time and more.
Lee Foley, Horse Journal, 01 May 2012
...clear language which is well supported by diagrams and coloured photographs...
McBane has been there and done it and her experience makes her book very readable...
lively and inspiring... promotes empathy... blends formal science with everyday
life in a very stimulating way.
Marion McCullagh, Veterinary Practice, 01 Jun 2012
“In the introduction the author says ‘This book aims to bridge
the gap between scientific textbooks and books for the general equestrian reader’.
It succeeds in this aim admirably, and I have no hesitation in recommending
t to novices and experienced horse owners alike. “
Lesley Skipper, Equine Behaviour, 30 May 2012