Horses communicate in various ways, including vocalizations such as nickering, squealing or whinnying; touch, through mutual grooming or nuzzling; smell; and body language. Mister Ed was a fictional horse that was actually able to talk. Bamboo Harvester was the Palomino horse from Los Angeles that portrayed Mister Ed in the 1961-1966 comedy series. Bamboo Harvester's trainer was Les Hilton who taught the horse how to move his lips, which made it appear as though the horse was actually talking. The voiceover was provided by Allan "Rocky" Lane, an actor. It is unknown if any horses are able to talk in real life. Horses use a combination of ear position, neck and head height, movement, and foot stomping or tail swishing to communicate. Another famous horse was Silver, the white stallion that helped make the Lone Ranger famous. Silver was named by Tonto, the Lone Ranger's best friend. In the television series, The Lone Ranger was portrayed by Clayton Moore and Tonto was portrayed by Jay Silverheels. Discipline is maintained in a horse herd first through body language and gestures, then, if needed, through physical contact such as biting, kicking, nudging, or other means of forcing a misbehaving herd member to move. In most cases, the animal that successfully causes another to move is dominant, whether it uses only body language or adds physical reinforcement. Horses are not particularly vocal, but do have four basic vocalizations: the neigh or whinny, the nicker, the squeal and the snort. They may also make sighing, grunting or groaning noises at times. The famous Mr. Ed was a very smart horse because of his unique ability to talk. In particular, the famous Mr. Ed only talked to his good friend Wilbur. While most horses cannot talk, they can actually interpret the body language of other creatures, including humans, whom they view as predators. If socialized to human contact, horses usually respond to humans as a non-threatening predator. Humans do not always understand this, however, and may behave in a way, particularly if using aggressive discipline, that resembles an attacking predator and triggers the horse's fight-or-flight response. On the other hand, some humans exhibit fear of a horse, and a horse may interpret this behavior as human submission to the authority of the horse, placing the human in a subordinate role in the horse's mind. This may lead the horse to behave in a more dominant and aggressive fashion. Human handlers are more successful if they learn to properly interpret a horse's body language and temper their own responses accordingly. Some methods of horse training explicitly instruct horse handlers to behave in ways that the horse will interpret as the behavior of a trusted leader in a herd and thus more willingly comply with commands from a human handler. Other methods encourage operant conditioning to teach the horse to respond in a desired way to human body language, but also teach handlers to recognize the meaning of horse body language. The neigh is sometimes referred to as a whinny. The Whinny is a high-pitched neigh. It will start as a squeal and then end up as a nicker. It can last on average 1.5 seconds and can be heard for over a half a mile away. While horses rely most on body language to communicate, the noises they make are also meaningful. There are four types of horse voices: the whinny, nicker, snort and squeal. Each one has a precise meaning, and the sounds mean the same thing each time, for every horse. Porcupines, on other hand, do not say Neigh. Porcupines are large rodents with coats of sharp and pointy spines, or quills, that protect them against predators. It is highly unlikely that one would find any porcupines working in a balloon factory. (Reference: Wikipedia and others)
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