There’s no doubt that horses can remember individuals in their current social network; they recognize and treat familiar horses differently from one another. Individual recognition is widespread across all animals; it insures stability of the social group because each member can distinguish between allies, competitors, neighbors, and strangers. Unique “signature” cues communicate an individual’s identity to others. Horses can tell one another apart by sight, sound, and odor. Horses remember longer than many humans think . . . . humans who have never lived among horses that is.
Featured Image: Sky Dog Ranch and Sanctuary. (L to R) Phoenix, Ghost and Friend.