An investigation into the effect of floor colour on the behaviour of the horse

Hall, C.A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5916-311X and Cassaday, H.J., 2006. An investigation into the effect of floor colour on the behaviour of the horse. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 99 (34), pp. 301-314. ISSN 0168-1591

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Adverse reactions of the domestic horse to environmental stimuli can be problematic in training and management. Hesitation and alarm reactions to visual features of the ground can occur in both ridden work and when handling horses. To assess the effect of one visual feature (colour) on the behaviour of the domestic horse, the reactions of sixteen riding horses to eight different coloured mats were recorded. The effect of stimulus position on these reactions was assessed by presenting them in two different positions, either on the ground (where the horses had to walk over them) or against a wall (where the horses walked past them). Each colour/position combination was presented twice in order to assess the effect of previous experience. An alleyway was constructed to allow the horses to be tested unconstrained and freely walking throughout. The time taken to traverse the alleyway and the observed reaction to the colour was recorded.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Creators: Hall, C.A. and Cassaday, H.J.
Publisher: Elsevier (not including Cell Press)
Date: 2006
Volume: 99
Number: 34
ISSN: 0168-1591
Rights: Copyright © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:40

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