The result of selective pressures on food acquisition?

McLean, A.N., 2001. Cognitive abilities: The result of selective pressures on food acquisition? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 71, (3) 241-258. Abstract Locating and capturing food are suggested as significant selection pressures for the evolution of various cognitive abilities in mammals and birds. The hypothesis is proposed that aspects of food procuring behaviour should be strongly…

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Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare.

McLean, A., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Horse-training techniques that may defy the principles of learning theory and compromise welfare. Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2010) 5, 187-195. Abstract This review considers some contemporary training and restraining techniques that may lead to confusion or abuse in ridden and non-ridden horses. As competitive equestrian sports boom, the welfare of…

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Ethical equitation. Ethical equitation: Capping the price horses pay for human glory.

McLean, A., McGreevy, P.D., 2010. Ethical equitation. Ethical equitation: Capping the price horses pay for human glory. Journal of Veterinary Behavior 5, 203-209. Abstract Ethical equitation is nowadays coming into sharp focus in equestrian culture. Concerns surround the ethics of sports based on controlling an animal’s locomotory responses and in using animals such as horses…

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Defining the terms and processes associated with equitation.

McGreevy, P.D., McLean, A.N., Warren-Smith, A.K., Waran, N., Goodwin D., 2005. Defining the terms and processes associated with equitation. Proceedings of the 1st International Equitation Science Symposium, Broadford, Victoria, pp.10-43. Eds: P. McGreevy, A. McLean, N. Waran, D. Goodwin, A. Warren-Smith. Post-Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science, Sydney. View ISES Proceeding Abstract The need for precise…

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SMART: Sensitivity Models for Animals in Response to Training.

McGreevy, P.D., McLean, A.N., Thomson, P.C., 2009b. SMART: Sensitivity Models for Animals in Response to Training. The Veterinary Journal. Abstract Trained responses are said to be under stimulus control when they appear reliably and exclusively on cue. The SMART system is a conceptual, three-dimensional graphic that uses four quadrants to chart a horse’s responsiveness to…

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Punishment in horse-training and the concept of ethical equitation.

McGreevy, P.D., McLean, A.N., 2009. Punishment in horse-training and the concept of ethical equitation. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 4, 193-197. Abstract By definition, punishment makes a response less likely in the future. Because horses are largely trained by negative reinforcement, they are susceptible to inadvertent punishment. Delays in the release of pressure can make desirable…

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The roles of learning theory and ethology in equitation.

McGreevy, P.D., McLean, A.N., 2007. The roles of learning theory and ethology in equitation. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2, 108-118. Abstract By definition, ethology is primarily the scientific study of animal behavior, especially as it occurs in a natural environment; applied ethology being the study of animal behavior in the human…

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Over-flexing the horse’s neck: a modern equestrian obsession?

McGreevy, P.D., Harman, A., McLean, A.N., Hawson, L.A. 2010. Over-flexing the horse’s neck: a modern equestrian obsession? Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. 5, 180-186. Abstract We used an opportunistic review of photographs of different adult and juvenile horses walking, trotting, and cantering (n = 828) to compare the angle of the nasal…

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