The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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Can Horses Recognize Body Language in Humans?


Previous research has indicted some animals have the ability to recognize and react to different body language in humans (Udell et al.). The purpose of this study is to see if horses are also able to make this distinction. By testing two adult horses separately allowing them to choose between two experimenters, one in a neutral position and one in one of four predetermined positions: back turned, covered face, head in hands, and arms raised. It was found that the horses were not able to accurately choose between the two experimenters and the hypothesis was proved incorrect.

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