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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Do U think horses remember?????

I was just sitting here wondering about something.... Do you think horses remember previous owners?? Have any of you sold a beloved horse and then years later somehow were able to buy them back and did that horse remember who you were? As I'm writing this the movie Black Beauty comes to mind and I'm curious to know if this can actually happen.....please share your stories!
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 01:54 PM
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I don't have any stories to support it, but yes, I do believe horses can remember people who were kind or mean to them. They may not remember them as "Oh, that guy used to own me" so much as ", that guy used to beat me with a stick" or "that guy used to feed me sugar cubes every day and scratch me in my favorite spot".
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 02:29 PM
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Of course horses remember. That's why some horses that were abused are afraid of all people, and you have to gain their trust back. And when you train a horse they remember what you taught them. And if they remember that then I'm sure they remember people
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 02:29 PM
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There is a lot of scientific evidence to support that horses have excellent long-term memories, perhaps even better than ours. If you think about it, having a good memory is vital to a nomadic prey animal's survival.

So, yes, they remember.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 02:32 PM
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Of course horses remember. That's why some horses that were abused are afraid of all people, and you have to gain their trust back. And when you train a horse they remember what you taught them. And if they remember that then I'm sure they remember people
That could be more an example of conditioned response (human=pain) a la Pavlov rather than memory, but I do agree that horses can and do remember things, just not exactly like us humans.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 02:58 PM
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Of course they remember people and other animals they used to know.

I've seen this first hand more than once, and I'll give you one example.

I took Conny on a trail ride given by a Maryland Arabian riding group, and there was someone there riding a black gelding.

The black horse saw Conny and started getting antsy; prancing, pulling on his rider, calling, and generally trying to keep Conny in his sight.

She rode her horse over to where we were, and he stood there literally thrumming with excitement, ears up, and eyes bright. He made whickering sounds at Conny, who was supremely disinterested.

Come to find out, this horse had been boarded as a weanling at the same barn where I had Conny. He was sold on when he was 5 y/o, and this woman was his second or third owner.

Fury had always adored Conny (who didn't return the affection), and made sure to follow him around the pasture during the 5 years they were boarded together.

This reunion happened when Fury was 15 y/o, which means it had been 10 years since he'd seen Conny.

So yes, they remember people and animals who meant something to them.
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I think they do remember.

I had a little pony 7years ago and sold her on three owners later she happened to end up about 20mins away from home(i used to hack her out thatw ay every now and again)
Anyway one day she got out of her field and came home. We woke up in the morning to her in our field happy out nickering to each of us i was the best thing iv ever seen she remebered everyhting from feed room to tack room and where her field was.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 03:17 PM
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We woke up in the morning to her in our field happy out nickering to each of us i was the best thing iv ever seen she remebered everyhting from feed room to tack room and where her field was.

That is so cute, she must have loved you

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 08:11 PM
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I do think they remember. Renas old owner came up to visit her and she nickered to her and came to meet her in the feild.
They also definitly remember eachother, Renas friend she grewup with her whole life with(myles) came ti the barn and was put in her feild and (after not seeing eachother for a few monthes (he came from south dakota) and they trotted to eachother nickering and playing and stuff, and she usually just pins her ears and ignore the new horse, but not him!

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 08:14 PM
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they most definitely remember.

I went to visit my old horse before she died (colic at the age of 14) and she whinnied at me at galloped to see me. It was cute :)

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