hoofpreference 300x224 Hoof preference: Is your horse right  or left handed?It’s likely that your horse is either right- or left-handed.

In the wild it makes sense to have a hoof preference, because in emergencies, one side of the body will take the lead.

Do the test:

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Step 1: Place some food about 5m in front of your horse.

Step 2: Encourage it to come forward and eat the food.

Step 3: When it begins to eat the food, note whether the left or right hoof is placed furthest forward.

Step 4: Do this twice more.

Results:

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Click Here eBook ST 205x300 Hoof preference: Is your horse right  or left handed?A – Horse places left hoof forward most of the time

B – Horse places right hoof forward most of the time

C – Difficult to tell

If option A – Your horse appears to be left-handed. Left-handedness in humans is often associated with creativity and a natural musical ability. Maybe your horse has hidden talents as well!

If option B – Your horse appears to be right-handed. Right-handedness in humans is often associated with language ability and a logical mind. There is some evidence that right-handed animals can be better at remembering words (commands).

If option C – It could be that your horse has no preference; in other words, he could be ambidextrous. In some animals this has been shown to be unhelpful. It’s often good to have a dominant hand to lead the way.

Source: BBC via Wouter Marcus

 

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