Aww!
Curious horse scoots baby closer to get a better look
Both the baby and the horse aren't quite sure what they're looking at. 😂
Eduardo Gaskell
10.07.21

Horses are, so to speak, uncanny creatures. These animals have been a part of our history as far back as we can remember, and yet there’s still so much we can learn from them.

They have helped our ancestors with work, served as transportation, and even provide us with food. Ancient civilizations and modern society have horses to thank.

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Horses are highly intelligent creatures.

They know how to reciprocate feelings towards humans. So it only follows that when presented with a baby, they know it’s a sweet, innocent little thing that needs TLC!

This horse knows it!

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In a short clip taken by probably the baby’s parent, this horse curiously looks at the tiny human in a rocker before reaching for the handle with its mouth so it can take a closer look.

The horse even rocks the baby, albeit a little too much, but he’s got good intentions. All he wants is to get to know the baby.

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Though it is questionable as to why the baby was left to be that close to an animal. Animals, whether domesticated or not, are still unpredictable. Let’s hope the parents knew what they were doing.

Here’s a viewer’s comment about the situation,

“I used to help train and take care of horses with a friend of mine several years ago and I learned a lot. They have pretty particular movements and nuanced responses for particular things, and I believe this horse was trying to play, not get a better look. And horses can play rough, but I’m glad this one didn’t. I sincerely hope though that they realize this could definitely be a fluke and keep the baby farther away until a fit age.”

The baby seems to be okay, thankfully.

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The horse does succeed in pulling the baby closer, his head craning to get a better look at the human in the rocker.

Humans and horses are reliant on touch, emotional connection and becoming attuned to physical movements. It’s a language between the two that’s been developed over the many years of interacting with each other.

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Linguists call it an “embodied language system”.

It’s different from dogs and cats where we can hold, hug, and kiss them. Communicating with horses requires a high level of body control and sensitivity. An empathetic physical dialogue, with the goal of establishing a rhythm as a single body.

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But the baby wasn’t even doing anything!

The horse was really curious. It’s used to adults talking, coaxing and stroking him in that barn or even out on the field. Here comes a helpless little human just waiting there.

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This time it’s the horse making the first move, wanting to get to know the little one instead of the other way around when adults approach him.

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There is a certain intimacy about it. An innocent intimacy, one that adults may not fully grasp. We can only sit back in wonder when animals interact with babies and kids. It’s just too precious.

Check out how the horse reaches for the baby below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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