© 1992

Horses and Grasses

The Nutritional Ecology of Equids and Their Impact on the Camargue


Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 87)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction and Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 3-20
    3. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 21-50
  3. Harvesting Nutrients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 53-74
    3. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 98-125
  4. Nutrient Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 152-170
  5. Equids and Their Habitats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Patrick Duncan
      Pages 195-204
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-287

About this book


In 1973, a herd of Camargue horses was released into a nature reserve in the Rhone delta of France. The comprehensive long-term study of the resulting population eruption provided the opportunity for a unique analysis of the feeding ecology of free-ranging horses. Horses and Grasses summarizes the study covering digestive physiology, behavior, growth, and demography of wild horses and zebras. It examines how these equids are affected by variations in abundance and quality of grasses and in turn, how grazing affects the plant communities. The book also provides insight into the consequences of the hind-gut fermentation system for equid behavior and ecology and contrasts this feeding strategy with that of the recently evolved, highly successful grazing bovids.


animals bird ecology nutrition parasites physiology reproduction social behavior system tissue vegetation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueCentre d’Etudes Biologiques de ChizeVilliers-en-BoisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Horses and Grasses
  • Book Subtitle The Nutritional Ecology of Equids and Their Impact on the Camargue
  • Authors Patrick Duncan
  • Series Title Ecological Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97543-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7661-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-2770-0
  • Series ISSN 0070-8356
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 287
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Zoology
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