This week, some research was publicised that confirmed horses can recognise human emotions (read here).
Although this is great to have this fact confirmed for the world to read, it is something that many (all?!) of us horse-lovers already knew. Horses love routine, they love food, they love companionship of their fellow herd members – whether that be their favourite sheep, goat, a donkey, mule, pony or other horse or animal. But they also love attention and respond well if we’re happy and relaxed.
When I used to see my horse on livery yards, the other horses in their stables or in the field always wanted to be said hello to as well. It’s a bit like us going into a room with a few people and only acknowledging one person and ignoring everyone else, it’s a bit rude isn’t it?
I’ve seen some horses get so upset or frustrated when they aren’t given any attention or acknowledgement when their equine friend/neighbour is, that they start “misbehaving”. To the person out of touch with equine emotions, it may look like misbehaving, but of course it’s not is it? If we were to be ignored and couldn’t say “hello look i’m here”, we might start biting, kicking or otherwise making our presence known!
But of course it takes time to acknowledge and say hello ……….We do live in a fast-paced world, where it can seem we have no time to stop, but everyone can take a few minutes out to stop really. It’s important to take the time to see what’s really going on around us. Horses and dogs rely on us to care for them – “to us they maybe part of our world, but to them we are their world” – I’ve seen this quote quite a lot lately….but how true it is!
I do think – hopefully not too controversially, that if we’ve not got time to spend quality time with our animals, and make sure they’re safe, secure and emotionally happy and content,then we shouldn’t have them. They are living beings with intelligence, -and as this recent research shows, emotional intelligence.
A bit of kindness – whether to our fellow human, or to our horses can go a long way to helping to create a happier environment……Feeling valued is a basic but often overlooked element to help health and wellbeing.
A holistic approach to caring for our animals, isn’t just about using different complementary therapies, but also being relaxed and creating a positive happy environment for our animals – starting with ensuring we act the best we can around them.
Until next time,
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