Real ethology with Lucy Rees, part 7
The flehmen response
What it really means when horses "smile"
Google pictures of "smiling horse" and the results will be a string of photos of the flehmen response. This strange looking grimace never fails to amuse but its real purpose is poorly understood by many horse owners. In this feature, ethologist Lucy Rees talks about the flehmen response and its natural application.
And what is it not? Why studying horse behaviour does not automatically make you an ethologist.