Young Horse Captivates Internet With His Adorable Facial Expressions
Marsha Gillis 2/6/2018
There's nothing better than a tummy rub for a dog, a rub under the chin for a kitten and a scratch behind the ears for a horse. Pets love such signs of affection and the extra scratching in areas they find hard to reach.
In fact, research conducted by equine scientists show that scratching a horse actually increases the horse-human bond and serves as an effective reward for good behavior, according to The Horse website. Scratching is a natural behavior for animals and when a human helps out with this, the animal truly appreciates it.
The study showed that horses' heart rates increased when they received friendly scratches from their riders and owners. There also was movement in the upper lip when the horse was being scratched, according to the study.
That might be what prompted this beautiful colt to actually appear as if he's smiling when one of his human loved ones gave him a vigorous scratch on the back of his neck. The owner recorded the whole experience and it's just too precious not to watch!
This particular colt is very special to the family, because his grandmother was the owner's first horse who she had loved and cared for for 17 years. They are thrilled to have a third generation out of this family line.
Watch the video below and you'll be sure to get a kick out of the colt grinning as he gets a good neck scratch. His expression is so funny!