If you had to guess what a horse’s favorite instrument is, what would you say?

You might say: “A horses favorite instrument? What is this some kind of bad joke?” But when you see this horse’s reaction to a Native American flute, you’ll understand.

Marty Calhoun is the one playing the flute, and he’s also the horse’s caretaker. According to Marty, this is the horse’s first time hearing the flute, and it’s pretty safe to say he loves it!

One more little factoid that Marty added in a comment on the Facebook video: This horse’s niece is the spotted horse that Leonardo Dicaprio rides in “The Revenant,” pretty cool!

Here’s a short clip from The Revenant, starring the horses niece. They sure look a lot alike!

Image is a screenshot from the Facebook video

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9 thoughts on “Video: Watch the Horse’s Reaction to Native American Flute

  1. What’s the rationale behind claiming that the horse likes it? Don’t anthropomorphize the horse – it’s not “rocking out”. Is this normal horse behavior? My guess is that certain tones from the flute are stimulating to the horse but I’m not sure it’s in a good or bad way, right?

    1. If you knew horses you would see it. Ears pinned back tight against head means not good. Ears moving all around front to back and licking and chewing are happy horse indicators. Also they don’t try to reach toward what they are afraid of or irritated by, they retreat. Unless they are challenging another horse. Hope this helps.

    2. Wow really? You can’t take something positive from this little video so you have to minimize the natural bond between music and nature? Whether he’s “rocking out” or not is irrelevant it’s the reaction that music brings to living things that’s amazing. To humans or beasts music is as universal as mathematics. I guess you’ve never experienced a pet which exhibited human type behaviors before? Obviously, it takes a special connection between a human and animal to break down known means of communication to truly see when an animal is happy. They’re very intelligent and at the very least I think it shows how well this owner has bonded with his horse. We only have a short time on earth, it’s best to make as many positive influences as we can on those our lives touch including our pets. Putting good out in the universe reaps many benefits in the long run….not negativity and pessimism.

  2. Very cool. A beautiful illustration of our inextricable connection to nature and the responsibility of holding dominion of earth. The horse was both a blessing and a curse to the Native American. It eased the burden of being on foot for travel and hunting, but, ushered in the means by which they were overwhelmed. It also illustrates our individual sovereignty and the power of forgiveness. The horse being an amiable slave, the man easing the burden of the horse and life through music. Mans offering to the equation.

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