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Fantastic write-up from Science Magazine (AAAS) about some of the research being done with horses! All of us horse people have experienced our equine partners communicating with us in some way — we are so glad that science is starting to recognize that too! In this article, scientists explored whether or not horses would communicate their preference in wearing a blanket or not based on the weather.
Morell, V. (2016). Horses can use symbols to talk to us. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aah7335
Check out this fantastic article by Anna Blake! Anna is an equine professional, author, horse advocate, and proud member of the herd at Infinity Farm, on the Colorado prairie. She trains horses and riders equine communication skills and dressage, and writes parables about horses and life.
Article Excerpt: “Most of us have been told to push our horses when they become afraid; to ride them through whatever behavior they are doing. Some horses submit and show passive resistance by shutting down, while other horses come apart and get in more trouble for that. Does it sound too dramatic to say that lots of horses live lives of quiet desperation? Not enough fear to be horribly dangerous, but certainly enough resistance and tension that they are visibly uncomfortable. For the record, chronic fear isn’t normal.”