This module explores the natural behaviour of the horse in a free-ranging environment, looking at their social organization, maintenance, sexual and developmental behaviours, motivational priorities and examining the impact of domestic managements systems on these natural behavioural patterns. Students will explore how horses interact with one another through various means of communication and examine in particular the effects of these methods on the horse-human relationship in day to day activities, including handling and ridden procedures. Students will learn how to analyse the different situations leading to aggressive, agonistic and affiliative displays of behaviour, and whether horses are displaying dominant, submissive or neutral gestures. In-depth study of how common husbandry procedures and management regimes can lead to unwanted behaviours will also be discussed.

This module involves the delivery of content that allows assessment of the following SEBC module:
3. Understanding Equine Social Behaviour