‘Blan­ket, Please, Mom’

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What if your horse could tell you whether he wants his blan­ket on or off? Fas­ci­nat­ing re­search from Nor­way in­di­cates horses ac­tu­ally can be taught to do this. They did it by point­ing their muz­zles to sym­bols on boards they’d pre­vi­ously been trained mean “put blan­ket on,” “take blan­ket off,” or “no change.” On one sunny day, 10 of 22 horses were al­ready wear­ing blan­kets, and when asked to choose, all 10 chose the “blan­ket off” sym­bol. On a 45- de­gree day, 10 of the horses al­ready wear­ing blan­kets se­lected “no change.” Not only that, but of the 12 not wear­ing blan­kets that day, 10 se­lected the “blan­ket on” op­tion. Read more about this in­trigu­ing study at

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