Observing And Understanding Herd Dynamics

by | 02.17.2016 | 7:20am

Equine caretakers can learn a lot from simply watching horses in the fields and how they interact with one another. There's always a lot of communication taking place—some of it subtle and some of it not!

A lot of these actions and reactions can be applied to human dynamics, as well. Here are a few of their actions mean:

  • Horse arguments don't last long.
    Horses that are buddies in the pasture may have minor squabbles, but they don't let it affect the rest of their relationship. They may pin their ears or push each other around, but when the desired outcome is achieved (one horse moves from the gate or a pile of hay, for example), the argument is dropped.
  • Leaders are a good thing, but individuals still have a say.
    Many times one dominant horse will ride to the top in a pasture or turnout situation that is the natural leader. He is the one who decides where they herd will graze or when they will move. However, not all horses will follow this herd mentality, and for the herd leader, this is usually OK.
  • Stick together.
    In inclement weather, horses usually stand as a group, blocking as much wind from each other as they can and protecting each other as much as possible.

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