Many horse owners know from their own experience has now been confirmed by the results of a new study. The animals differentiate humans between their genders as a result some horses do not like men. That is what researchers in Australia found out. The elegant animals differentiate between the human genders. In doing so, they trust women and obey men. So there are real female horses who have problems dealing with men.
The extensive study analysed the data related with 1,500 horses, which came from 33 different countries worldwide. The researchers recorded data from the animals and also their owners and keepers. All participants had to answer a total of 300 questions. The aim of the investigation was not apparent from the questions. Little did the study participants know that the scientists were targeting the horses’ gender-specific behaviour.
Mares are not problematic
The study was the second one. Last year, it concluded that there are only insignificant gender-specific differences between mares and geldings when riding. The result saved the reputation of the mares, who, unlike their male counterparts, are considered problematic. But when it comes to dealing with people, things look different. Horses make a clear distinction between the genders. That is what Kate Fenner’s team found out after evaluating the data.
Men Put Off
Animals, which are mainly ridden and cared for by men, often cause problems when taken from the paddock. They are more difficult to make simple and show themselves unruly. That suggests that they are less enthusiastic about riding and the subsequent care. Men seem to deter horses. According to the scientists, this could be because they have repeatedly had bad experiences with men in their lives. Hence the reservations. Another reason could be the dominant appearance of men. Horses prefer a submissive position and avoided eye contact. An expressive gait and the restraint of the horse could frighten them and trigger defensive behaviour. However, it looks different when riding.
Women Have Problems With Riding
Unlike women, male riders have fewer problems with rein contact. So it looks more as if horses, which men mainly ride, are more likely to do their job than women’s horses. These show a defensive behaviour against rein contact significantly more often. They are more likely to go against the hand and get stuck in the throat. In addition, they are more likely to hit their heads and lean on the reins. According to the researchers, men correct undesirable behaviour in the horse more quickly than women. Men also hold the reins tighter in their hands at the same time. The animal can therefore not react so quickly with defence. You can say that horses have less confidence in men but are more obedient when riding. Those who ensure that the animal has positive experiences will find that they are respectful and enjoy being with their humans. So the relationship between horse and human becomes harmonious.