Well... let's not be so quick to jump to conclusions about the irrelevance of this article! Were these studies performed on naive (never exposed to humans) horses--which I expect they were (or should have been!)? Do horses innately understand tone, or is it a learned behavior (horses raised around people, trained, etc)? Are horses more affected by breathing (sharp intakes of breath, soothing long exhalations during words?) or intonation?
We have very complex neurological wiring that allows us to perceive the meaning of different sounds, tones, and intonations-- because we have developed complex audible language. Horses have different language such that learning harsh or soothing tones may occur over time/with domestication, but might not be present in a wild mustang!
The point of science isn't to provide answers-- it's to provoke more questions. ;) Although as a neuroscientist I've spent many years calling BS on psychologists... haha!
Last edited by existentialpony; 02-22-2013 at 01:20 AM.