Ancient Purebred Horse With Bronze-Plated Saddle Is Discovered in Pompeii

The horse, a purebred, was wearing a bronze-plated military saddle and ready to go when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient city of Pompeii in A.D. 79. The horse, too, was covered in pumice and ash. Almost 2,000 years later, archaeologists unearthed the immobilized horse, along with the remains of two others, in theContinue reading “Ancient Purebred Horse With Bronze-Plated Saddle Is Discovered in Pompeii”

Horses remember if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you

By Sam Wong Why the long face? Horses can remember the facial expressions they see on human faces and respond differently if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you. Leanne Proops, now at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and her colleagues at the University of Sussex showed in 2016 that horses respond differentlyContinue reading “Horses remember if you smiled or frowned when they last saw you”

New research shows that horses can recognize human emotion

Psychologists studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. When viewing angry faces, horses looked more with their left eye, a behaviour associated with perceiving negative stimuli. Their heart rate also increased more quickly and they showed more stress-related behaviours. The study, published February 10 in Biology Letters,Continue reading “New research shows that horses can recognize human emotion”