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In a recent television adaptation of Vanity Fair, in which there were many scenes which had horses, the lovely animals were heard neighing. That’s the sound we usually hear out of a horse, so no surprise there.
Nonetheless, in the classic’s television portrayal, you can hear horses neighing every time one appears on screen. This is a flaw since you see that their mouths are shut.
In truth, horses are quiet animals and do not often neigh. Least of all, at night. They only do so as a reaction to a distinctive situation or person.
Like any vet will tell you, horses don’t make any specific sounds that send out a particular idea. You will hear a number of horse sounds (if you are around them) that may convey general feelings.
Sounds begin anywhere from low-key noises to high-pitched ones, but this may not happen often.
The Horse’s Neigh
If you hear a horse neigh, the animal is probably stimulated, whether it’s a docile or wild. In case you wish to ride a neighing horse or has just neighed, you need to pay extra attention. Handling such a horse, or riding him or her, needs to be done with care.
Experts say that a neigh can either convey feelings of fear and anxiety or confidence and excitement. So horses neighing at night, should you hear them, will probably be in some kind of distress.
The Tone of a Neigh
People who are in contact with horses, either owners, breeders, or stable hands, are quite familiar with their behavior patterns and will “know” what horse sounds mean proficiently. Depending on the tone of the neigh, as well as the body language that matches it, people can discover what’s up.
Neighs Are The Sounds Of Emotions
Like dogs, horses are very faithful animals and know their caregivers as much as their caregivers know them. Caregivers instantly know horses may be anxious as they will neigh a lot, and loudly, if they are left alone. They may keep pacing outer areas of an enclosed space, near fencing, trying to say, “let me out”. In the event, such a circumstance takes place at night, you may well hear horses neighing at night.
A common occurrence in a large stable from which a favorite stablemate is absent is a horse giving out a high-pitched neigh. The neigh will sound tremulous and quite scary to a person unaccustomed to the horse fraternity. The fretful horse may break into a sweat, not to mention get nervous and defecate.
Typically, a worried horse’s ears will shift back and forth, and his eyes will rove here and there. Usually, the animal’s tail will be raised, then dropped. After a bothersome bout of neighing, some horses hunker down as if to make themselves seem small.
A Confident Neigh
A confident neigh is the sound of a happy horse. The sound itself is one of joy, sounding like a bugle. If you’re considering other body movements, the happy and excited horse will have perked-up ears, a bold demeanor, and a slightly lifted tail.
A horse may neigh at mealtime, and if you’re late in feeding him, neighs come out as if the horse were demanding food. In case this happens at night, the situation will cause the horse to neigh. Excited horses who see their beloved owners after a while may exhibit neighing at night if owners visit them at that time.