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Computer software may be able to help us understand what our horses are thinking and feeling, researchers say.

A horse-loving computer scientist is working on an animal-computer interaction research project.

Dr. Steve North, a Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) at The University of Nottingham, is developing a Horse Automated Behavior Identification Tool (HABIT). It is new animal-computer interaction software.

The researchers say the goal is to identify horse behavior from amateur video so humans can interpret the reactions and understand why they are happening. They say the tool could be used on horse farms, by individuals, and in veterinary practices.
The research is being carried out in collaboration with veterinary and equitation science experts.

Human-computer interaction is an established science, but animal-computer interaction is still an emerging discipline, according to Dr. North.