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Written by Anouk van Breukelen
Posted in Social behavior

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Communication between domesticated horses and humans

Due to being in close relationship with humans, domestic animals may have developed social interaction and communication skills with humans.

The signalling behaviour of horses increased significantly in conditions where the caretakers had not seen the hiding of the food. These results suggest that horses change their communicative behaviour towards humans in accordance with humans´ knowledge state. This study suggests that horses may have a more advanced cognitive ability. However, further research is needed to confirm this in a larger scale experiment.

> From: Ringhofer, Animal Cognition 20 (2017) 397-405. All rights reserved to Springer- Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 . Click here for the online summary.

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