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Horses (Equus caballus) use human local enhancement cues and adjust to human attention

Krüger, K., Flauger, B., Farmer, K., Maros, K. Animal Cognition, September 2010

 

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Horses, as we all know, are always eager to find food, but they also respond to the focus of attention of a person they know well. In this study, horses were presented with 3 feed buckets, one of which had feed in it, and the correct bucket was indicated by a person squatting or standing at the bucket. In some instances, the horses approached the person before taking the food, and this happened significantly more often when the person was familiar to the horse.

 

In fact, if a familiar person moved away from the buckets, and stood looking away into the distance, 75% of the horses approached the person instead of the food on at least one occasion! When the horses approached in this way, they aligned themselves to look in the same direction as the person.

 

 


The more comfortable your horse feels around you, the more inclined he will be to follow your attention. This is something to keep in mind both with groundwork and riding – look where you want to go, and your horse will look there too!

 

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