Did you know that horses can read human emotions as well, and that they may do it in startlingly precise ways, alerting us to our grief or anxiousness before we even realize it? It has been argued that dogs and horses comprehend our emotions better than philosophers.
Horses have a remarkable capacity to perceive human mood through sound and touch. Horses, on the other hand, have the ability to interpret people’s facial emotions. Until now, this sophisticated capacity has only been demonstrated in dogs. While horses cannot see color and have a blind spot right in front of them due to their eyes being on the side of their head, their vision is superior to that of domestic cats or dogs.
Horses are extremely perceptive. They don’t always comprehend the human causes underlying our emotional responses, and they don’t always respond in the same manner that humans do. They are, nonetheless, aware. Horse herds communicate on a level that is sometimes undetectable to humans — a system of minute movements, gestures, tension and release, hormones, and other signals. As a result, even if we are unconscious of it, everything we do has meaning for them.
Horses who have a caring relationship with a human can respond to that human’s needs with incredible and practical compassion. These are, nonetheless, incredibly exceptional partnerships that do not occur by chance. As sentient and intellectual beings, they require mutual trust, learning, and being open to one another. A horse may react to human sadness, worry, or pain with anxiety or terror unless that relationship is well established.
Some horses are compassionate and peaceful with every human they come into contact with. These horses are widely employed in therapy programs and provide as genuine examples of how to interact with others. Unfortunately, some horses have a history of fear and pain, and our negative feelings will aggravate this. Horses, on the other hand, are well aware of how they react.
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