HORSES CAN TELL HOW YOU’RE FEELING
A study at the University of Tokyo has discovered the exciting news that horses can recognise emotion in our faces and voices. Humans have lived with domesticated horses for 5,500 years and often share a close relationship. While recognition of social signals plays an important role in how the two species interact, little has been done to understand horses’ awareness of human emotions. Until now, that is. Nineteen horses were shown pictures of people looking happy or angry and then played a recording of a human voice that was either gentle or scolding. The researchers clearly observed that the horses looked at the speaker’s picture for significantly longer when the emotion conveyed in the voice did not match that in the picture, than when it did. They concluded that horses can distinguish human emotions using multiple senses and that emotional information has played an important role throughout the history of horse/human cooperation. Clever horses!
New research shows our horses know more about how we’re feeling than we thought