Why Does a Horse Whinny?
Q: Why does a horse whinny or neigh?

A: Last week I described the nicker as a quiet, affiliative vocalization. The whinny, or neigh, is a louder, longer call. The whinny is defined in “The Equid Ethogram” by animal behaviorist Sue McDonnell, PhD, as a “loud, prolonged call … beginning high pitched and ending lower pitched. The head is elevated and the mouth slightly opened.”

Because it is loud and carries over a distance, the whinny seems to be a means of seeking social cont

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