Raspberry horses were a sign of positive emotions and a symbol of the approval of the owner, say zoologists, published an article in the journal PLoS One.
Dog breed Husky at the international exhibition of dogs of all breeds Mister Great Novgorod — 2014
Our observations have shown that horses often snort during pleasant events in their lives — for example, during lunch or walking to the pasture, as also says the fact that their ears are directed forward and up. We now have a robust indicator that will help you understand what you like and don’t like racers, says Stomp Mathilde (Mathilde Stomp) from Rennes University (France).
In recent years, scientists are discovering more and more evidence that the typical human traits of intelligence and ability to show complex emotions are common to many other animals, including dogs, primates and even crows.
For example, recently neuroscientists have found that dogs understand tone and meaning of words that they are told the owners that they are communicating with people not for food, but for the sake of attention and positive emotions, and that they are able to recognize emotions on the face of friends and strangers. In addition, dogs were able to memorize unnecessary information and use it when communicating with the host.
Stamp and her colleagues found that emotional “non-verbal” way may not only dogs, but also horses. To do this, they watched the lives of five dozen horses, or living in very unfavourable conditions, in cramped and untidy stables, or on the absolute freedom in the pasture.
Scholars interested in the impact of these circumstances on the emotional state of the horses, and if so, how these differences manifest in behavior. Their analysis, in turn, can detect real emotions of animals, invisible or not obvious to humans.
Observations have revealed a curious phenomenon: horses, spending more time in the stables and experiencing higher levels of stress, and snorting significantly less likely than their relatives from pastures. In addition, it was found that the horses snorted more often when they ate more fresh and juicy grass on the new field, or was just happy with life, communicating with other dogs and people.
Changes in the frequency of hyrcania say that horses make that sound not just clearing the nose of mucus and dirt, it is believed by many zoologists, and demonstrating emotional state. This can be used to study the psychology of horses and improve their lives, the authors conclude the article.