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Understanding Horse Body Language

Dr. Katherine Houpt

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Speaker: Dr. Katherine Houpt, Cornell University

: Perception and communication in horses will be discussed including auditory (neigh, nicker, roar, snort); visual (ears, tail, nostrils) and olfactory (feces, urine, breath and equine appeasing pheromone) and the role of flehmen (lip curl) in the special sense perceived in the vomeronasal organ.

Speaker Information: Katherine Houpt, James Law Professor of animal behavior, is a veterinarian. She is also a PhD and board certified by the American College of Veterinary behaviorists. She has published a textbook titled Domestic Animal Behavior, now in its fourth edition, as well as numerous scientific articles. Her current research interests are cribbing and foal rejection. Dr. Houpt also has a column in Horse and Rider magazine. Dr. Houpt has ridden and fallen off horses in more countries than most and rides her grey Arabian gelding at home. See the Behavior Clinic website for more information on Dr. Houpt's research program at Cornell University. In addition if you have a horse that cribs or rejects her foal or own an English Springer Spaniel and would like to participate in Dr. Houpt's research program, please contact the Behavior Clinic at

Read the related article, Equine Expressions: Understanding Your Horse's Body Language, in  magazine.

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