Do horses recognize people? Specialist answers!
Most people who communicate with horses will not argue that the horse distinguishes between people. That's about whether she loves someone, there may be controversy. Athletes often adhere to the point of view of James Phyllis that "the horse does not feel attachment, it is only a habit to it." Those for whom the horse is not just a sports equipment can argue with this statement.
However, the topic of attachment is a separate issue. But does the horse really recognize specific people?
For the horse, familiar elements are very important. She is able to recognize other horses from afar, and she also recognizes people by appearance. And already having approached, by smell she understands whether she was mistaken.
And try to release one of them into the herd of horses that are familiar with each other, putting on a blanket for the first time. And you will see that, probably, the other horses at first shy away to the side, will carefully peer into the “miracle judo”, and only then, approaching, they will recognize the old friend.
The same is true for horse perception of people. Somehow I appeared in front of my horse not in trousers, as usual, but in a dress (it was necessary for a photo shoot). And at the first moment he was very surprised: he arched his neck and began to sniff. But he recognized the familiar jacket from afar: neighing, ran to the exit of the levada and waited for me to come after him. So if you put on a horse’s clothes unknown to the horse, and she reacted “strangely” (became sweet or shy to the side), do not be offended.She just didn't recognize you! Approach the maned friend gradually and allow yourself to sniff - so the horse will be convinced that a stranger has not taken your place, and will begin to communicate again as before.
The horse is alarmed by everything new, and it is useful to remember this feature. Otherwise, your performance at competitions or shows can be “ruined” by white breeches or a stage costume.