Horse’s ears are for more than just listening

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Latest research has shown that a horse will look at another horses ears to gauge what they are thinking.

Researchers from the University of Sussex set up an experiment with 72 horses in which they had to take visual cues from another horse to work out where to feed. Two buckets of food were placed and on a wall behind them a life size picture of a horse’s head was placed.  In some of the pictures the horses eyes and ears were covered.

When the horse could see a picture of a horse with its eyes and ears visible, it would select the bucket towards its gaze and ears were directed. In the cases of when the eyes and ears were covered, the horse would just select a bucket at random.

Horses can rotate their ears by up to 180 degrees and it looks like they have more importance than people think.

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