Kimura, R. 2007. Feral horses of Sable Island. Pages 47-83 in Mandala of Equus: Field Science for Wild Horses, Zebras and Donkeys. University of Tokyo Press, 2007. (Language Japanese)
Note (ZL): This chapter of the book begins with a general description of the Sable horses, and is primarily about the activities and social relationships of band stallions, tags, bachelor groups, and solitary males. The author visited Sable Island on three occasions between 1992 to 1996, each time for a week of field work. Her particular interest was in the scent-marking behaviour of the males, including urination and defecation on deposits of urine and feces of other horses, and the flehmen response. She discusses the collection and use of urine and feces for study of pheromones and related behaviours, and the possible functions of the scent-marking behaviour. The latter includes masking the reproductive status of a mare by a band stallion urinating on the mare’s feces and urine. The strategy of male tags and challengers is described in a three-page account of how a band stallion, Betelgeuse, lost all his mares to three young males. The author concludes the chapter with some history of the island and an account of the roles of the Sable Island Station and the importance of the Sable Station in providing stewardship for the island and its horses.
In 2006, Rikako Kimura established the Institute of Human-Equid Relationships in Delhi.