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Feb 12, 2016

Horses understand human facial expressions

Like fearful humans, horses raise the inner brow of their eyes when threatened or surprised. Altogether their faces can convey 17 emotions (ours express 27), and they readily recognize the expressions on their fellow equines. But can they read our facial cues? To find out, researchers tested 28 horses, including 21 geldings and seven mares, from stables in the United Kingdom. Each horse was led by his/her halter rope to a position in the stable, and then presented with a life-size color photograph of the face of a man. The man was either smiling or frowning angrily. The scientists recorded the animals’ reactions, and measured their heart rates. Other studies have shown that stressed horses’ heart rates fluctuate, and when the horses looked at the angry man, their hearts reached a maximum heart rate more quickly than when they viewed the smiling image. When shown the angry face, 20 of the horses also turned their heads so that they could look at it with their left eye—a response that suggests they understood the expression, the scientists report online today in Biology Letters, because the right hemisphere of the brain is specialized for processing negative emotions. Dogs, too, have this “left-gaze bias” when confronting angry faces. Also, like dogs, the horses showed no such bias, such as moving their heads to look with the right eye, when viewing the happy faces—perhaps because the animals don’t need to respond to nonthreatening cues. But an angry expression carries a warning—the person may be about to strike. The discovery that horses as well as dogs—the only two animals this has been tested in—can read our facial expressions spontaneously and without training suggests one of two things: Either these domesticated species devote a lot of time to learning our facial cues, or the ability is innate and more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought.

Nov 15, 2015

Hoary alyssum

In a recent CapitalPress article there was mention of a toxic plant called 'hoary alyssum'. This plant, found in Washington is becoming more prevalent. It has been found mixed with alfalfa. It is toxic to cattle and horses. In the horse it increases foot temperature, which causes swelling from the knee down in one or more legs and can turn into laminitis, a crippling disease for which there is no specific treatment.

Source: CapitalPress Nov 13, 2015

July  2015

                                      Building a Hall of Fame list

Mimi Busk-Downey and I are compiling a list of registered (in any registry) Peruvian Paso horses that lived to at least 25 yrs. of age.

Since most breeders don't advise registries when horses die, there is no such 'Hall of Fame' in our breed. We plan to post this information on an Internet website, available to everyone, free of charge.

These horses can be owned by anyone-- not necessarily you. and they can be deceased or still alive.

We hope you will help us to make this list  as complete as possible, but please do not send information directly to us. That will slow the process. In the near future, a form, designed to make it easy and convenient will be sent to anyone via e-mail. If you want to make sure a particular person receives the Survey submission form, kindly send that e-mail address to Debbie Pye at wepye@sbcglobal.net

Regards, Verne R. Albright

Jan 4, 2013
Dear friends:
So that you all know that the government of Peru has declared the Peruvian Paso Horse as a “PRODUCTO BANDERA” of our nation along with 10 other products of Peru as the Pisco and others. We are proud of this award to say the less.
Best regards,
Here is the document:


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