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Individual Responses in the Domestic Horse Regarding Human Behaviour in Identical Settings

Version 1 : Received: 19 February 2018 / Approved: 20 February 2018 / Online: 20 February 2018 (15:23:46 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 18 September 2018 / Approved: 19 September 2018 / Online: 19 September 2018 (05:25:22 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 28 January 2019 / Approved: 29 January 2019 / Online: 29 January 2019 (04:59:54 CET)

How to cite: Schütz, K.; Rötters, A.; Oebel, L. Individual Responses in the Domestic Horse Regarding Human Behaviour in Identical Settings. Preprints 2018, 2018020129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0129.v2). Schütz, K.; Rötters, A.; Oebel, L. Individual Responses in the Domestic Horse Regarding Human Behaviour in Identical Settings. Preprints 2018, 2018020129 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201802.0129.v2).

Abstract

Although there has been research regarding the response of horses to human behaviour, there is still a gap concerning the knowledge about the interaction of horses and humans in showing individual responses to different human behaviour in the same situation. In this work, the horses´ individual responses to different humans were examined to close this research gap and to identify whether or not  horses actually respond differently to different people. To this end, 29 interactions between horses and humans, where the humans were supposed to lead the horse through a training course (including two identical exercises in each situation) were videoed and then transcribed in the style of the action-oriented system of notations HANOS (Handlungsorientiertes Notationssystem). The qualitative content analysis was appropriated on the basis of Mayring. Just nonverbal interactions between each person and one horse were focused. In total, just under 600 interactions were analyzed and categorized. The categories were then put into a chi-square-test (quantitative analyses). Based on these analyses, it can be assumed that each human individual received an individual, different feedback from the horses.

Subject Areas

nonverbal communication; interspecific communication; domestic horse

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