Horses learn to communicate with people

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By Patrick Jones, Buzz60

If your favorite movie is Dr. Dolittle, then you'll love this latest development.

Researchers studied horses in situations where the animals were either too hot or too cold. They had the horses experience those conditions for about ten to fifteen minutes.

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Researchers then had the horses make a selection on a board that would lead to them getting a blanket if they were too cold or having the blanket removed if they were too hot.

Researchers would give the horses a carrot if they made the selection that made the most sense. The horses were tested for ten minutes a day for two weeks.

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Researchers report that when the horses realized they could make themselves more comfortable they were rushing to press the board immediately so that they could get the blanket on or off.

This occurred with 100 percent of the animals, meaning the scientists either stumbled on the Harvard of horse stables or horses are actually a lot smarter than we think they are.

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