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BluegrassBelle
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
They're aware, for better or worse. Some thrive running against others. Some can get distracted by it (hence the use of blinders).


Gorilla Ball
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
Lol


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
I have often the same thoughts


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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
Oh they know.
I’ve had horses who would bow up and put on a show in front of crowds and who refused to ride behind other horses.
As herd animals, some horses are more inclined to have that competitive drive than others. They are competing for herd dominance


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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
I remember the jockey on Secretariat's crazy run, saying he was trying to hold him back, but he was just along for the ride. That horse just wanted to run that day.


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sugar71
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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I guess the best way to explain it is they want to run ahead of the other horses but don't know why they should be there.


Natural prey instincts of equine? Stronger/ fastest at the front of the herd are less likely to be eaten?


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diat150
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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They're aware, for better or worse. Some thrive running against others. Some can get distracted by it (hence the use of blinders).


Anyone that fools with horses know that some horses just have “it”.... whatever it is.



brett randall
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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Anyone that fools with horses know that some horses just have “it”.... whatever it is.



There it is.


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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
My uncles were on the rodeo circuit and then bred and trained horses for rodeo and horse shows. Horses have a will to learn and succeed and are highly intelligent. They might not fully understand but they sense when they are successful.

They are also used for physical therapy for humans and those horses are equally amazing.


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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William Nack said he once saw Secretariat look up in the sky because there was a plane flying over and Secretariat stared at it until it was gone.


Pssh. My dog does this all the time


Because dogs are super smart.

Dogs are the only animal we know of that can be shown a 2-D representation of an object and go retrieve the 3-D version. Dogs read our faces and emotions.

They've done studies where if you put a treat under a bowl in a row of three bowls and point to a bowl that doesn't have the treat but glance over at the bowl that does have the treat, dogs will go where your eyes went and not where you were pointing.

Dogs whole existence is understanding us to basically get what they want. They've mastered it to a symbiotic degree between human and dog.

There was a dog, an Australian Sheppard that learned over 500 words to retrieve objects. Dogs can also detect seizures in humans before they happen and are the only species on the planet that prefers the company of another species over their own.
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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They've done studies where if you put a treat under a bowl in a row of three bowls and point to a bowl that doesn't have the treat but glance over at the bowl that does have the treat, dogs will go where your eyes went and not where you were pointing.


Uh, maybe they just smell the treat?


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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
Smart is not as two-dimensional as that.

Most dogs would be fricked if not for the kindness of people.


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
No.

The treat is far away.

Watch Dogs Decoded and maybe it would make you less a smartass.

Yeah, like PH.D. researchers couldn't set up a test that nullified smell, they're that stupid...they never thought of smell. Maybe the treats were just cardboard? Ever think of that. Watch the doc.
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FightingTigers138
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
I think they probably run faster with other horses running next to them; just like you idiots that speed up when I'm trying to pass on the interstate.


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Strannix
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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or the concept of competition


Lol an animals entire existence is a competition to eat, breed, stake out territory etc. They are acutely aware of competition.


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gthog61
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
Once they know what it is the stallions perk up when they start going toward the breeding shed


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DropaDeuce
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
No, they are so loaded up on amphetamines


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Gorilla Ball
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
Awesome lol


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SeeeeK
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
yes, they know

you will see some horses, as soon as they break and see another go for the front, go right after the horse and the midget on back has to choke him down, to not burn himself out.

some will stop running when they clear the lead, they think race is over. Some will look another horse in the eye, and keep going, when engaged.



habz007
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re: Do you think horses know they’re racing against each other?
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some will stop running when they clear the lead, they think race is over. Some will look another horse in the eye, and keep goin


I believe this is what happened to Real Quiet. Cost him the triple crown by a nose. He got way out in the lead and quit running his best because no other horse around. Kent Desormeaux knew other horse was starting to gain and tried to make him go but it was too late before the horse actually realized it. Tried to kick it back in gear but it was too late at the finish line.


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