We’ve always known horses are pretty smart, but did you know they can talk to us? Of course, we don’t mean talking in the Mr. Ed sense, but horses can be trained to tell us what they want with simple gestures.
A study from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute shows that horses can be trained to indicate preferences of whether or not they want to wear blankets. According to Horse Channel, 23 horses were presented with three different boards that showed various symbols: a horizontal line to put a blanket on, a vertical line to take the blanket off or a blank board to indicate no change was desired. Initially, the horses were presented with one board at a time and were rewarded with a carrot and the proper action when their muzzle touched the board.