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Author (up) Sankey, C.; Henry, S.; Clouard, C.; Richard-Yris, M.-A.; Hausberger, M. url  doi
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  Title Asymmetry of behavioral responses to a human approach in young naive vs. trained horses Type Journal Article
  Year 2011 Publication Physiology & Behavior Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume 104 Issue 3 Pages 464-468  
  Keywords Laterality; Emotionality; Human approach; Horse  
  Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of training experience on young horses (Equus caballus) lateralized responses to an approaching human. The results show that the one year old untrained horses display asymmetrical responses to an approaching human, with more negative reactions (escapes, threats) when approached from the left side, while approaches towards the right shoulder elicited more positive behaviors. On the contrary, two years old trained horses reacted equally positively to approaches and contact on both sides. Our findings support those of previous studies investigating a link between emotionality and laterality and confirm the role of the left hemisphere in the processing of novel or negative stimuli. Moreover, the data underline the impact work and training can have on this laterality in horses.  
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  Call Number Equine Behaviour @ team @ Serial 5688  
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