The horse in the wild

Nature SGNODLOL July 25, 2016 0 13
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To properly use horses to go, we have to understand them. The best way to learn that is by studying horses in the wild. Through knowledge of the lifestyle of wild horses, we can keep our way of horses conform as closely as possible to how the horse lives naturally and we ensure that our horses can be as healthy and happy as possible.

The horse is a herd animal

The horse is a herd animal. In the wild they live so along with peers. Indeed, it is always more secure in a group, since the chance that a predator behind you is concerned is smaller. Also, you get to help other horses in an emergency. The size of flock as ?? n ranges from 3 or 4 horses up to several tens or even more than one hundred animals. There are different combinations of herds. A herd of mares and foals led by a stallion is most common. In addition, there are also herds that consist of only stallions. These stallions are often expelled from their ancient herds and have sought each other's company. Some wait for an opportunity to start their own flock, others are old, ill or injured and just want to recover in peace or spend their last days.
Hierarchy within the herd
Within the herd exists an order, but that order is not fixed. Horses are constantly working to determine the ranking and this therefore changes from minute to minute. The horse that another horse late from pressure 'is higher in rank. Despite these constant changes in ranking, there are some general patterns that seem to exist in most herds. The leader is usually mentioned as the strongest stallion. He has a harem of mares gathered together, that's his flock. Mares which he used to produce foals with his genes. That's his instinct and he will do everything therefore to protect his mares and their foals against intruders and other threats. The mares in turn, have benefited from it again because they and their foals are protected by a strong stallion.
The stallion drives his flock to him.
The lead mare
If you like ?? n herd studied carefully you will see that the ranking continues to go down. Among the stallion is the next leader often the oldest and most experienced mare. She has the ?? day ?? charge of the herd. She knows the best places to graze and drink, she keeps the herd together and determines the rules of conduct. Where necessary, she shares hefty punishments. But also punishing each other mares and young horses in the herd when needed.
Communication in the herd
Horses are very social animals and so that means they also need to communicate with each other. This often happens in a very unobtrusive way, almost invisible to humans. Therefore, it may be boring to watch a herd of horses, but it is advisable to do so once. If you're more aware of the subtle communication you will see that horses constantly with each other to talk, even when it seems that they only graze a little stand. Horses speak so softly because they want to not attract predators. If you take the time to study the behavior of the horses in the herd, you will better understand horse language.

Horses are prey animals

Horses are prey animals. That means there are predators hunted them. Prey animals develop ways to defend themselves some use camouflage to hide, others poison and others dig holes to hide under the ground. Horses to defend themselves by in the first place flights. Only when they have no other choice, they will fight. This is because the chance of being injured in a fight is bigger than if they run away.
The horse is a prey animal
In order to escape a horse must hazard notice as quickly as possible in time. That means they must always pay attention to their surroundings, even when they sleep. As a horse sleeps only small poosjes throughout the day. They can sleep standing to run away quickly when danger threatens and even asleep, they often have their eyes open and their ears pricked for possible danger. Only when a horse feels completely safe will lie down to sleep really deeply, but even they do that very briefly.
Once a horse notice something dangerous will outrun in the first place. When it is safely out of reach of the danger until it stops and looks than what it actually has fled. Within a herd only need one horse somewhere and scare the whole herd refers collectively to flight. As the leading stallion or mare has sensed the danger they will float quickly to safety of the herd.
This horse has noticed something and look on, alert to possible danger.

Daily life in the wild

Fortunately, such situations are not very common. Most of the day bring horses to graze nice and quiet. Often eat and run them simultaneously. They pick a piece of grass, chewing all take a few steps and get the next harvest. Thus, they can already grazing best make a nice finish. They indeed do this day and night because horses have no circadian rhythm. They also love to take care of each other. They do this through their teeth to nibble gently on the hard to reach areas. So you often see two horses grooming each other's shoulders. A sign of true friendship.
Naturally curious
Horses are naturally curious and eager to learn, they explore love to learn everything in their environment and are capable of new things. So they come to know whether something is dangerous or not. So you will be in a herd sometimes see a foal carefully examining an unknown object or animal, suddenly all bucking flee and then still comes back out of curiosity. By curiosity, they learn what is and is not dangerous. It is mainly thanks to their natural curiosity and their social nature that we can tame and ride.
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