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Can a horse really be brave?

Can a horse really be brave?

Postby Chevalblanc » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:52 pm

This is interesting:

Would love to get a heart rate monitor and see what happens with mine. Would G and Tari have higher heart rates than Sky? :hmmm:

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Re: Can a horse really be brave?

Postby littlewhitehorse » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:49 pm

Interesting. Not sure about the conclusions, am chewing it over. It would be interesting to know heart rate, you could probably buy a monitor. But I'm thinking we should be able to spot other signs. Sometimes you can feel the heart thumping.
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Re: Can a horse really be brave?

Postby Trudi » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:15 am

No sound on the desk top so will have to watch later but looks interesting.
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Re: Can a horse really be brave?

Postby Late Starter » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:22 pm

courage = fear faced with fortitude.
Problem is that we cannot avoid anthropomorphism in such circumstances. Is a "brave" horse merely abdicating decision making about a threat to the rider? Does the stress of leaving the decision to the rider lead to the increased heart rate while the "spooky" horse is more in tune with its own nature and therefore less stressed about scary stimuli?
Physiological data do not answer the question, just add new dimensions to it!
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Re: Can a horse really be brave?

Postby spottygiraffe » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:19 am

I think I agree with Alick...

And it would be so extremely interesting to measure heart rates in scary situations. But just thinking about hacking out with Squaw and Izzie -in a major spook situation I'm sure Squaw's HR would be elevated purely because of Izzie's reaction. Out of my three I would say Mav is the 'bravest' but that could just translate into he's the one who I've had since a baby so he probably trusts me the most, and neither has he had any bad experiences. I've got a HR monitor but I don't think it would fit around a horse!
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