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EQUINE EMOTIONNAL INTELLIGENCE

What does research tell us about our sensitive partners?
Horses may demonstrate fear or curiosity when faced with a novel object.

Horse owners often wonder if their horses are expressing emotions. While they may not have the same capacity for complex human emotions like shame, embarrassment, pride and guilt, there is evidence that horses feel pain, loneliness, grief, happiness or contentment, and other simple emotions.

We can observe some horses grieving when a favorite human or horse companion passes away (case in point: the famous racehorse Man o’ War, who supposedly grieved himself to death shortly after his beloved groom, Will Harbut, died).

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