Horses have an extraordinary ability to understand the meaning behind human body language, facial cues and even eye movements, researchers say. The ability -- described as a "reverse 'Dr. Doolittle' phenomenon" -- is especially exciting, because unlike dogs, horses have generally been bred for traits other than companionship and communication ability. That means that with some careful breeding and training, it ought to be possible to boost horses' social skills still further, researchers say.

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