The Nature of Horses by Stephen Budiansky
Exploring Equine Evolution, Intelligence, and Behavior

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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.
 

About Stephen Budiansky

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Stephen Budiansky, formerly U.S. Editor of Nature, is currently Senior Writer at U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of Covenant of the Wild and Nature's Keepers: The New Science of Nature Management. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by W&N. 256 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Budiansky, a writer at U.S. News and World Report, may not provide as many ""insights into the true nature of the beast"" as he hopes, but he serves up fascinating historical, behavioral, and biological nuggets about our equine friends.

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Budiansky, a writer at U.S. News and World Report, may not provide as many ``insights into the true nature of the beast'' as he hopes, but he serves up fascinating historical, behavioral, and biological nuggets about our equine friends.

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Throughout its 6000 years of domesti-cation, the horse has been viewed--not always to its benefit--through the distorting lens of human perception. I would argue that at this late date in the shared

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U.S. News & World Report staffer Budiansky offers three major premises: humans have always interacted with and influenced the natural environment;

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