The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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An Examination of Spatial Memory in Domestic Horses: A Preliminary Study Using an Eight Arm Radial Maze


The spatial memory of domestic horses was tested using an eight arm radial maze. The main measure of performance used was number of novel feeding site choices made in the first eight visits. For the most part, horses performed above chance levels of 5.25 novel choices in the first eight choices. These results indicate that domestic horses are capable of place learning and possess spatial memory for places visited. The results are discussed in terms of optimal foraging theory and the feeding behaviour of large grazing animals. Applications of the results and future research opportunities are also discussed.

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