Horses Associate Places With Positive, Negative Experiences
Your horse doesn’t want to go in that set of crossties. He gets all stressed, kind of flips out. But it’s just somewhere to stand, like any other set of crossties. Right?
Then you remember: That was the bay you always held him in when it was time for the veterinarian to debride a slow-healing wound. Is it possible your horse has associated that one particular place with a bad event and negative emotions? Absolutely, French scientists said.
It’s also likely your horse associates certain places with good events and good emotions. And what’s more, those associations can directly affect horses’
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