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Do horses smell fear?

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Suzanne Vieira

It depends on who you ask. Nancy Diehl, an equine scientist at Penn State suggests that an animal's sense of fear may depend more on behavioral clues than on olfactory(smell) signals. In horses, she notes, visual and auditory stimuli play a strong role in triggering behavioral responses."A good horseman will say, 'Now be careful, don't let him smell your fear,'" she says, "In reality the horse is recognizing behavioral clues in people that it has seen and learned."

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