Horse-Facts

About Behavior

Horse-facts about behavior are presented here in a concise list. When observing our horse's behavior these facts can help us to understand why our horse is acting or reacting in a certain way .


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  • Horses are prey for many types of predators.

  • Because horses are prey animals they have a very keenly developed sense of:

    Hearing
    Sight
    Smell.
    Awareness of movement under foot.

  • Horses can sense fear.

  • Horses are most vulnerable when they are eating or drinking.

  • Horses are animals of habit that have GREAT memories.



  • Horses are inherently curious.
  • Horses live in herds that have a very sophisticated social order.

  • Dominance is obtained by the head mare through wisdom, respect and giving a sense of safety.

  • After the dominant mare, the rest of the herd is also divided into a social order or “pecking order".

  • Dominance among horses is not determined by aggressive behavior.

  • Dominance in a herd is demonstrated by one horse being able to make another horse move OR stop it from moving.

  • Body language is the way horses communicate.

  • Horses are very social beings, needing the companionship of another being.

The practical applications of horse facts about behavior can help us in our efforts to 'get along' with our equine partner.








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