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Horse sense: social status of horses (Equus caballus ) affects their likelihood of copying other horses’ behaviour

Konstanze Krueger and Jürgen Heinze Animal Cognition 2007, Volume 11, Number 3, 431-439.

 

Brief summary and comments

 

This study shows that horses pay attention to, and copy the behaviour of, other horses that are higher ranking than themselves from the same group, but not lower ranking or strange horses.

 

It also gives us an idea of how the hierarchy works – if a horse that’s higher in the order thinks you’re worth following, a lower ranking horse will probably think so too!

 

This highlights that it is important to offer our horses credible, consistent leadership.

 

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