Part 2. Life in the herd

Video - Here's a video showing a stallion defending his herd:

Video - Here's a video of wild stallions fighting
Video - Have you ever seen this? It's called snaking. 


-Who is usually the boss in a herd?

-What happens to the colt and fillies once they have grown up?

-Explain the snaking behaviour of the stallion in the video above.

Video - Here's a video mutual grooming:


-How can you recognise the boss in the stables / paddock?

-When do signs of dominations and submission become most apparent?

Video - Here's a video showing dominance hierarchies in horses:

Video - Here's a video showing a pushy horse:


-List the main signs that your horse is trying to dominate you.

-Why is it important to recognise these signs?


-How long have horses been around?

-Why is it so important to know about herd dynamics with our domesticated horses?

-Do horses still behave in the same way in the wild and in the domestic environment?

-List some of the signs that a horse is being dominant and / or submissive.

-What are the risks if you let your horse be dominant towards you?

-What can you do protect a horse that is being attacked by other horses?

Exercise at home

* Watch some videos of wild horses and try to identify the dominant horse as well as the weaker ones. Look at the ways stallions defend their herds.

Exercise at the stables

* Observe the horses at the stables and look for signs of domination and submission. You can also observe the interaction between people and horses and identify how the horse is behaving towards people.

Video - Here's a video showing handling practices during feeding time:

Video - Here's a video showing the reunion of Mustangs after being separated:


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