Horses Understand Your Feelings Way Better Than You Think

More proof of just how amazing they are.

Horses were first domesticated 5,000 years ago, and there's no doubt that they have contributed more to human productivity than any other animal. 

Not only have they been almost universally used for transportation, but they've carried heavy loads, assisted with agriculture, participated in sports and recreation, and are now even used as therapy animals for people with certain mental and physical disabilities. 

Because of the shared history between humans and horses, it probably wasn't too much of a surprise when a paper in Biology Letters reported that horses are able to pick up on human emotions, and that they even show a biological response when the person looks angry.

Lisette Padilla from DNews breaks down this incredible research and explains that while horses are pretty good at reading emotions, dogs and pigeons are also in tune with what people are feeling. 

(Your cat can also read your emotions, the only difference is it doesn't care.)

Check out the video to find out more

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