If anyone wonders whether horses and humans form strong bonds, then this story proves it.
People have been using horses for thousands of years.
Thanks to horses, humans were able to travel faster, plow fields and do so many things.
But in the last 100 or so years, horses have become less essential for our everyday needs.
However, humans are still riding them all over the world. And often, these horses form incredibly strong emotional attachments for the people that look after them and own them.
Wagner Lima was one person who loved his horse, Sereno. And Sereno loved Wagner back.
The two lived in Brazil. Every day, Wagner and Sereno would meet up, ride around and have a great time together. It was clear to most people that the two were best friends. For eight years, the animal and Wagner had a fantastic life with one another.
But then one-day tragedy struck. Wagner was out on a motorcycle, when he got into a terrible crash.
Sadly, Wagner died shortly after the accident.
At first, Sereno was confused. He was wondering why his best friend wouldn’t come to see him and ride with him anymore.
Eventually, the horse started to think that Wagner just didn’t care about him.
But Wagner’s family wanted to show the horse that Wagner wasn’t coming for him because he couldn’t come for him. So they brought Sereno to the funeral.
Wagner’s brother, Wando, took the horse to the church on the day of the funeral.
The brother walked with Sereno to the hearse outside, so the animal could be part of the procession.
But when the horse got close to the coffin, something shocking happened.
The horse started making pained neighing noises. Clearly, Sereno could smell Wagner inside the coffin. Suddenly, the horse realized why his best friend had disappeared.
But the horse wasn’t done with grieving. Sereno lay his head down onto the coffin. The distraught animal was saying “goodbye” to his best friend. He just wished that Wagner could come back.
The pallbearers started carrying the coffin to the cemetery, with Sereno in tow.
Throughout the march, the horse wouldn’t stop whimpering. The loss was still setting in. Wagner was gone forever.
The horse’s emotions grew stronger, and Sereno started beating his paws to the ground.
“This horse was everything to him. It was as if the horse knew what was happening and wanted to say goodbye.” – Wando Lima.
But the good news is that Wando was more than happy to adopt Sereno.
His brother’s beloved horse was a member of the family, and people in Wagner’s family care for each other.
Things can never be the same for Sereno or Wando. Wagner was a one of a kind human being, and they miss him terribly every day. But thanks to the love that Wando is showing to his brother’s horse, the two are carrying on and trying to enjoy life to the fullest.
Not all owners have such a strong bond with their horses. But there are ways for humans to boost their connections with the animals.
Robin Foster, who is a certified equine behaviorist, says that there is a range of ways that humans can build up trust with a horse. The most effective means of building up a human-horse relationship is through reciprocal altruism, where a human rewards a horse with kindness when they act in a kind manner.
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