Like people, horses see, smell, hear, touch, and taste. Unlike people, horses are not hunters but prey, and so the way in which their senses developed differs from ours. Domestication has also played its part, dulling some senses that once helped wild horses flee from predators and danger. An understanding of the differences between how horses and people interpret the world translates to a better understanding of why horses act as they do, and how to communicate more effectively with them.
Equine fact: Sudden, unfamiliar, and fast movement can spook a horse. Equines that shy, or startle, frequently may benefit from being a few extra seconds to use their binocular vision, allowing them more time to understand what's expected of them.
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