What horses can teach humans
June 4, 2013 – Jerry Finch
“I wish I could understand horses.” That sentence is heard a lot when people and horses mix, probably more when a human is trying to get a horse to do something. Well, folks, the problem is solved, thanks to Uta König von Borstel, PhD, researcher at the University of Göttingen in Germany and his friend, Julia Keil, BSc, of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Vienna, Austria.
According to their study, to understand horses all you need to do is understand their goal in life, and that is nothing more than eating and hanging around other horses. “No!” you scream. “My horse loves to work!”
Maybe in your mind, but not according to the horse. Read “Study Evaluates Horses’ Desire to Work” at TheHorse.com
Okay, so as a human, I can certainly understand the desire to eat and hang with my friends, but that doesn’t get any work done and work is the basis of our culture, our motivation, the essence of our civilization. Sure we stress a little, so what does the horse say about that?
HorseTalk.co.nz has an article about horses and stress. “Horses face the same kinds of stresses and frustrations as humans in their day-to-day lives. It is little wonder they sometimes feel the strain. Researchers are taking an interest in how horses cope with the pressures of training.”
The stress factors in horses? “Learning difficult new tasks, boring day-to-day routines, poor relationships, negative reinforcement, insufficient rewards, and a troublesome boss (trainer). “
Dang, that sounds familiar. Maybe the bottom line to all this is simple. Life is too short as it is. Relax, enjoy your friends, listen to the sounds, breath deep, be part of the universe.
Because 10 millions years from now they will be doing the same thing to us as they are doing to these horses – Digging up the fossils and placing them in a visitors center.
These are very special fossils, because these are extinct American horses. According to the website, “Horses evolved in North America. A link between prehistoric and modern horses, the Hagerman Horse was the first true horse, but its bones most closely resembled Grevy’s zebra bones.”
Oops, here I am stressing again. The BLM says it ain’t so, so who do I believe – our own government or some scientist in Idaho? I mean, would our own government lie to us? Seriously?
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