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Horse Communication

Description of the communication strategies used by horses

Francesca Guagliumi

on 28 May 2013

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HORSE COMMUNICATION Horses are social prey animals limited use of the voice to avoid attracting predators Social prey animals Ears most important body part in non-vocal communication agonistic interaction the more they are pinned back, the more serious the gravity of the threat turned to point backwords flattened during avoidance responses as a display of submission
listening to something behind him
precursor to pinned ears
horses to the rear of a moving group
during physical exhaustion or discomfort
facing down wind during inclement weather
pulling / responding to the bit bibliography Eyes Vocalizations Equine Behavior, Paul McGreevy
www.discoverhorses.com for recordings of the vocalizations
www.ethosearch.org swiveling pain
anxiety / alertness
overwhelmed by too many stimuli forward alert
paying attention / interested
avoidance of an object
approaching a jump lateral attention grazing
relaxed walk
asleep or relaxed
play fighting
acceptance of bit tension stress, fear or discomfort rapid darting scared, looking for a way to escape whites of the eyes showing angry, or very scared in some horses the sclera is always visible tail raised or "flagged" excitement clamped down stress
discomfort or pain rapid swishing irritation drooping lip relax
sleep clacking teeth typical of foals, conveys communicative intentions flehmen Push the scent particles trough the Vomeronasal Organ. flared nostrils the horse is startled or nervous tight, pinched or pursed mouth or muzzle worried, stressed, scared
pain gaping mouth with visible teeth angry
choke stomping irritation Tactile communication licking and nuzzling from the dam to the foal and viceversa contact with another horse's flank greeting odour communication sniffing each other and each other's breath greeting and recognition Ritualized display between stallions 1 - standing and staring
2 - posturing and mobile display with elevated trotted action
3 - close encounter and investigation
4 - threats and pushing
5 - defecation on a fecal pile Equine Behavior, P. McGreevy click to start the video Head carriage lowered feeling good
resting or asleep elevated snaking focusing on something
if ridden, may be in pain Lowering the head slightly and waving the neck from side to side: is an aggressive act stallions when fighting
stallion moving an uncooperative mare grooming used to reinforce the relationship with other horses prezi by Francesca Guagliumi
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