Understanding Equine Intelligence: Interesting Facts About Horse Behavior

Horses are remarkably intelligent and wise animals. A wide range of emotional behavior and complex reactions characterizes them. Today we offer some surprising facts about these intelligent animals. Also, to learn more about horses, visit the wow essays website, where you can find many interesting essay samples on various topics.

Horses learn by association: Every experience lived by a horse will be engraved in his mind, so if you attack him before an object, he will feel fear towards it; because he will associate it with pain. That is why we should create association games for right and wrong. These experiences will be engraved in the horse’s head. It is his way of learning.

Horses have an excellent memory: A horse can keep in its memory an unpleasant experience for the rest of its life, and this makes re-training an animal quite complicated. We must consider that the horse is an intelligent and sensitive animal that uses its memory to avoid repeating unpleasant situations.

Horses have well-developed emotions: Contrary to what we usually think, the horse is very emotional; it can feel happiness, fear, love, trust, distrust, success, boredom, stress, frustration, curiosity, and jealousy. And we can get to know how our animal feels if we look closely at its body behavior: a sad horse will have floppy ears and will not be interested in what is around it; a bored horse may react the same way. Horses can mourn a loss and may need up to months to recover (the loss of a friendly horse can mean months of sadness).

Horses can only learn when they are calm: Hitting, shouting, or any other type of punishment may achieve what is desired, but it does not teach the horse. The horse will only learn to be afraid of the trainer. For a horse to learn something, it has to be relaxed and calm. Relaxation is the basis of learning. The horse will remember the exercise in his mind as a positive experience, and it will help him to want to do it the next time.

Horses do not consider food as a prize: A carnivorous animal understands food as a prize because if there is no prize, there is no food, but with the horse, it is different because they do not need to hunt.

Horses can learn during the night: People have often been surprised to realize that something that did not work during the day works the next day. In training sessions, people can get frustrated when the horse is not cooperating. By ending the session in a good atmosphere, stroking and pacing with long reins, you will give the horse a chance to record the last good moments.

The next day the horse may be much more cooperative and doing what you asked him to do the day before with more ease. This type of learning is called ‘latent learning’. Allowing him time to think about a situation will help him learn faster. Treating him with a firm hand may work, but it leaves the horse tense and unhappy, and he may not do it right the next time.

Not all horses are the same: As we have said before, each horse, like each person, has physical and psychological characteristics that are unique to him and that differentiate him from others. That is why each horse is more skilled in some disciplines than in others.

Horses imitate others: The horse imitates the behavior of others, not only the good habits but also the vices. That is why it is not good to have a horse with vices in the stable with the others because there is the possibility that the others imitate it. On the positive side, you can improve a foal (for example, in jumping) by letting him jump behind a more experienced one, so he learns that the obstacle is not dangerous and he will be more confident when jumping it.

When a horse is in front of potential danger, the first thing it will do is not fight but turn around and try to escape. They do not usually wait until the danger is very close. Suppose one horse in the herd senses a little possibility of danger. In that case, the herd will gallop in the opposite direction without stopping until there is a significant enough distance to feel safe again. Therefore, it is unreasonable to ask him not to be afraid of something new to him or something that has once caused him harm. If you physically attack a horse, you will only be generating a greater fear.

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