Horses know you’re a horrible person, says science

Did you know that horses can read your emotions just by looking at you? It’s true. Just one glance and a horse knows that you’re a seething cauldron of resentment and impotent rage. According to a study published in the journal Biology Letters, horses can pick up human emotions by reading facial cues.

In the study titled “Functionally relevant responses to human facial expressions of emotion in the domestic horse” the test horses were shown pictures of people looking either happy or angry and recorded the horse’s reactions. Horses typically look to the left when they are taking in negative stimuli, and as you may have guessed, that’s the reaction the angry photos overwhelmingly produced, along with an increased heart rate.

So, when a horse sees your furious, twisted up face, it can’t help but look away. Apparently dogs are the only other animal that can successfully suss out human emotion.

It’s something to consider the next time you come face to face with a horse. They can sense the hate buried deep down in your heart. They know, and they all get together and talk shit on you in this chat.

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