Horse Blink Rate Linked to Stress Levels

Want to get a read on your horses stress levels? Maybe check out their blinking and eye habits, says Katrina Merkies, PhD, associate professor and equine program coordinator at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada.

Her study of nearly two dozen horses shows that rapid blinking and various other patterns were linked to various stress levels. Full blinks and half blinks decease when the animals are in stressful situations. Eye blinks have long been an age-old study in humans to linked to stress, pain, and even lying.

Merkies states, “The eye flutters are reminiscent of what we see in the horse grimace scale (HGS) with regard to what they call a triangular eye,” she said. “Horses had more worry wrinkles or piqued eye shape when they were in pain in the HGS study, and that’s similar to what we saw in our study with the eye flutters—likening the stress to worry or pain.”

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