Friday, 30 September 2016

Norwegians Teach Horses to Communicate

Horses were able to convey their preference for blanket-wearing in a study conducted in Norway. The researchers reported in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science that they successfully trained all 23 horses used in the study to convey their choice by pointing to symbols. The horse used were of various ages and breeds. They were able to signal whether they wanted their blanket put on, taken off, or left unchanged. All the horses were performing well in the experiment following two weeks of training. The study team, comprising Cecilie Mejdell, Turid Buvik, Grete Jørgensen and Knut Bøe, described how they taught the horses to communicate by touching one of three different visual symbols on white painted wooden display boards to tell the handler their blanketing preference. Sept.22

Horses seem to capture our imagination and are a symbol of strength and freedom but till now they have been generally thought to be dumb and unable to communicate. The new study in Norway indicates otherwise.

The Moon entered its Last Quarter Phase on September 23, just a day after the news of this study broke. Notice that a chart for the Moon phase at Oslo, the location of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, where the research was carried out has a prominent Mercury-Saturn-Neptune T-square straddling the meridian. 

Mercury-Saturn-Neptune: The dissolution (Neptune) of language (Mercury) barriers (Saturn).

Here Saturn is in Sagittarius – the sign linked to horses [1]!

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