Experimenting With Horses On Communication

Experimenting With Horses On CommunicationImagine speaking to animals and actually knowing what is going on with them instead of having to try and guess whether they have a sore foot or whether they are upset. Many horse lovers from around the world are dedicated to their horses and for them, life would be a lot easier if they could interact on a deeper level.

We all know that this only happens in the movies. In saying that, it is interesting to find that the Equine Vocalization Project has come up with an method to work on this idea. This was initiated from a group of horse lovers whereby various horse sounds were put onto a database indicating the stress levels of the horses. This will tell us more about when a horse is feeling a certain way. Riders and owners will now at least be able to tell when a horse is not enjoying something like photo ops by 1840 Photography, competitions or just at the barn by the sound it makes and this is a mild form of communication which we are now able to have with this beautiful animal.

With this experience in place, it makes it easier for veterinarians to see where the horse is having a problem and it will be simpler for someone who’s job it is to analyze the behaviour of the horse. Now that we have the basics, we can apply our understanding of these sounds to similar animals like zebras and donkeys and further get a better understanding from their behaviour.

The fact that these animals have the ability to produce so many different sounds makes it a lot easier. This method, however, won’t work with every animal. Horses are unique because they can vary their sounds. Something like a cow or a sheep is going to be more difficult because it is one sound that you hear continuously.

The thing that researchers are working on at the moment is to see whether the horse is able to see a horse as well as a human as a friend as people do. Do the sounds they make indicate that they are happy to see you? This would make any horse lover’s day. It would be like arriving at your front door to be greeted by your dog who is jumping all over you with his tail wagging like crazy. The next step that scienticts are experimenting with is to find more about particular social noises and this may give us some idea of how the horse is feeling.

This is going to be more of an intense study and it will be more complicated than identifying certain stress levels. It is not something that will happen overnight and it definitely is a process which needs in depth analysis and constant regulation. Whether this will work or not is a question that not even a scientict can answer, but it definitely is a worthwhile experiment because it would be truely amazing if we do get to see a result. Who knows, maybe we can start analyzing the noise levels that our dogs and cats make.

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What To Think About When Building A Barn Stall For Your Equine Pets

The barn stall is a very important area for horses hence you have to pay attention to a lot of details when thinking about designing a new one for your horses. Today, most stalls are built with 12 square feet of space. However, the size should vary depending on the size of your horses. In designing stalls, make sure that there is always enough room or space for your horse to get up or down and move around without discomfort. However, make sure not to oversize the stalls so there is less to clean and maintain.

For multiple stalls, the walls or partitions should be not less than 8 feet in height so the horses cannot leap and get their hoofs over the walls. The partitions do not have to be rock solid. Wooden stalls with an inch of space in between the boards can facilitate good ventilation. On top of that, the space between the wooden boards will also allow the horses to view the other horses in the barn as well as provide easy access for you to observe your pets.

As for stall doors, make sure that there are stall gates or stall guards to keep the horses inside as well as allow enough light and ventilation to pass through when the doors are opened. If you make use of stall bars, the spaces between them should not be more than 3 inches to prevent the horse’s hoof from getting caught in between.

Furthermore, the stall doors should also be big enough to allow the wheelbarrow to enter. Sliding doors are ideal for to use compared to swinging doors as they are very easy to use. When you need to take out your horse, you don’t need to close the sliding door. Whereas, if you go for swinging doors, it can consume aisle space and can even cause a few hazards when it is caught by a strong wind.

A barn stall should also be within close proximity to its designated feeding bucket so it becomes much easier to feed the horse without the need for closing and opening the barn doors. The feeding buckets should also come with a lock so it can be shut close when feeding is over. Sometimes, horses can get really bored and they can meddle with the feeding buckets with their lips. Consider installing automatic waterers to your horses. This way, you can ensure that they are always provided with fresh water when they are thirsty.  Make sure proper and adequate ventilation passes through your barn windows also.

You could have your current barn remodeled to accomodate all of the things mentioned above. Just be sure that you take care of your barn renovation construction trash container once you are done.

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