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Horses express emotion through sound

Beyond knowing if an emotion was negative or positive, researchers were able to gauge the intensity of each feeling.

ALI BERMAN: ‘We already know that horses communicate a great deal of information through their ears and eyes. Research shows that equines convey both positive and negative emotions to one another through their complex vocalizations. When horses make a funny snorting sound, they are more than likely feeling very happy and peaceful, a new study shows…

Through these tests the researchers discovered that positive emotions were accompanied by shorter whinnies. The higher frequency in those shorter whinnies was lower and the horse also lowered its head. When a negative emotion was being conveyed, the whinny was longer and the higher fundamental frequency was higher.

Beyond knowing if an emotion was negative or positive, researchers were able to gauge the intensity of each feeling. By looking at factors like the horses’ respiratory rates, physical movements, and the higher and lower frequencies of the horses’ whinnies, researchers were able to see the intensity of the emotion a horse was feeling at that time’. SOURCE…

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