Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.
It is said that this cat has learned to walk like a dressage horse during dressage because he lives with the horse. In other words, it’s an example of self-training through observation. This may be true but I’m not sure. When a cat walks, both legs on each side of the cat move in parallel which is unusual but when domestic cats trot, they trot like other mammals. But this is an exaggerated version of a trot and it is as if the cat is doing dressage which may have been copied by observation or it may have been trained by the person who trained the horse.
Certainly, horses and cats often make good friends. We see a lot of it on the internet. It is one of those natural interspecies friendships as there are many barn cats who befriend stabled horses. It is lovely to see.
The domestic cat is very good at learning through observation. It is the way they learn from their mother but to trot in this exaggerated way indicates a very strong influence by a horse over this cat if he or she has learnt through observation. It would imply, to me, that the cat has imprinted upon the horse in the belief that the horse is his mother. I can’t see any other way that this cat would learn to trot like this. The alternative is that the cat has been trained, as mentioned, by the dressage trainer and competitor.
Update May 7, 2022: there is a comment below which tells us that another Bengal cat has learned to trot like a dressage horse but, according to this commenter, this Bengal cat has no connection with horses. It’s a bit of a mystery. I have a feeling now that the Bengal cat in this article was trained specifically to move like that. But we have to speculate. I think there has to have been human intervention because there’s nothing evolutionary which would drive a domestic cat to adopt such a gait.
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