Recent research has proven that horses will “talk” to their handlers. As horse owners and riders, this is not news, we have known this for decades. Horses use body language very well and so long as we’re observant we can see it. act upon it and therefore reinforce it.
“Do horses talk to humans?”
“They sure do,” said Rachele Malavasi, PhD, of the School of Ethical Equitation, in Moncigoli Di Fivizzano, Italy. Malavasi carried out her research in association with Ludwig Huber, PhD, professor at the Comparative Cognition Unit at the Messerli Research Institute at the University of Veterinary Medicine of Vienna in Austria.
“Horses are social animals which have evolved skills to maintain their social unity: affiliative relationships, protection from outsiders, social facilitation, and even social learning,” Malavasi explained. “We know now that their skill set also includes the ability to communicate intentionally with humans.”
It is up to us to listen and watch them carefully to interpret exactly what they’re saying!