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post #1 of 12 Old 01-11-2014, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I've always wondered this...

How do horses recognize you? By sight, smell, or voice?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-11-2014, 11:26 PM
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I am not sure, but I think it is part visual and part voice. Both times when I cut my hair short and when I wore a large hat out into the field my horse didn't seem to recognize me, or pay any notice to me but once I called his name he came over to me and started acting normal.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-11-2014, 11:28 PM
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My horse knows my vehicle, he is already calling to me before I even get out of the truck. But he doesn't do it to any other vehicle, so I would say there's definitely a part of it that is by sound.
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-11-2014, 11:46 PM
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Mine know the sound of my truck & will come running if the are up in the corral. If they are in the pasture & I whistle, they will come, but if my BO does it, they look but wont come.

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-11-2014, 11:53 PM
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Horses use all their senses for recognition, just as we do.
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-12-2014, 01:54 AM
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I agree with sully, my horse knows the sound of my car and truck. I also whistle every time I am approaching them even when far away and both my horses come running when they hear that.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-12-2014, 02:17 AM
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My horse nickers every time I show up near the fence... I don't know which part makes him happy - sight, smell or what.. but ye..

My old horse recognized me 3 years after we had split up - noone had a doubt because we played exactly the same game and he treated me the same as 3 yrs ago, knew how to get me out of the saddle..
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-12-2014, 05:28 AM
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My horse knows the sound of my voice, when I walk down to his paddock I'll call out his name and he never fails to call back. I also think they pay attention to the general shape of you, how tall you are etc.
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-12-2014, 05:58 AM
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I suspect by all the above. One of my horses years ago was extremely attached to me. I kept her at a show barn for a time and there were close to 100 other horses in the barn. She was on the outside isle but further into the barn. There is no way that she could see the parking lot from her stall. There were often 40 + cars in the lot at any given time and I often parked on the far side of the barn so she likely didn't hear my car either. People in the barn always knew when I was coming as this horse would start to rear and buck and squeal in the stall when I was on my way in, not even in her isle yet. I suspect she smelled me? I don't know but everyone always teased and said she had a psychic connection to me. lol As the years went on, I leased her to a friend of mine to breed. It had been months since I had been able to get out to see her as I was going through some things in my life. I also had gotten a different car. When I went out there, she was in a pasture far away from the house but she somehow knew I was there and came flying up the hill squealing. My friend said she had never seen her act like that in all the months she had her. I have no idea how she knew but... I think she had a psychic connection. lol
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-12-2014, 06:09 AM
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All three: sight (including body language), sound and smell.

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