Psychological factors affecting equine performance

McBride, Sebastian D. and Mills, Daniel (2012) Psychological factors affecting equine performance. BMC Veterinary Research, 8 (1). pp. 180-190. ISSN 1746-6148

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Abstract

For optimal individual performance within any equestrian discipline horses must be in peak physical condition and have the correct psychological state. This review discusses the psychological factors that affect the performance of the horse and, in turn, identifies areas within the competition horse industry where current behavioral research and established behavioral modification techniques could be applied to further enhance the performance of animals. In particular, the role of affective processes underpinning temperament, mood and emotional reaction in determining discipline-specific performance is discussed. A comparison is then made between the training and the competition environment and the review completes with a discussion on how behavioral modification techniques and general husbandry can be used advantageously from a performance perspective.

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Additional Information:For optimal individual performance within any equestrian discipline horses must be in peak physical condition and have the correct psychological state. This review discusses the psychological factors that affect the performance of the horse and, in turn, identifies areas within the competition horse industry where current behavioral research and established behavioral modification techniques could be applied to further enhance the performance of animals. In particular, the role of affective processes underpinning temperament, mood and emotional reaction in determining discipline-specific performance is discussed. A comparison is then made between the training and the competition environment and the review completes with a discussion on how behavioral modification techniques and general husbandry can be used advantageously from a performance perspective.
Keywords:temperament, behaviour, horse, performance
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D320 Animal Health
C Biological Sciences > C110 Applied Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:6440
Deposited By: Daniel Mills
Deposited On:05 Oct 2012 11:27
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:16

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