Horse intelligence: what do you look for?
Many people tell us that their horses are intelligent. Yet, how can this be assumed? It is pertinent to look at a horse as a horse and not as a human. However, I still believe one can guess that a horse is of above average equine intelligence by observing a few factors, such as:
-comprehends lessons/training easily. The horse learns at a faster rate.
-horse is more sensitive to the cues of its handler. If the handler is angry, the horse will be angry. If the handler is willing, the horse will be willing. Even if the handler was previously deemed the leader, the horse will begin to question that role quickly if the handler isn't up to par.
-when in turn out, the horse walks around exploring by sniffing, touching, and looking. The horse is not running around nervously or standing quietly and napping, the horse is interested in its environment.
-horse is playful, enjoys toys.
-horse gets bored easily and requires more variety in work than an average horse.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are certain and the intelligent are full of doubt"