Horse Blanket On or Off?
Wish your horse could tell you if they want their horse blanket on or off on a cold, but sunny day, so they don’t end up a sweaty mess?
A study finds horses can use symbols to communicate their preferences with us.
The study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science explores the training of more than 20 horses in Norway. Researchers used three neutral symbols so the animals can communicate their blanketing preferences to their handlers.
The study states positive reinforcement training increases horses’ interest in humans and their motivation to participate. When the horses realized they could communicate regarding their blankets, many of the horses became eager and focused.