How do horses in a herd interact?
How do horses in a herd interact with other horses? How do horses interact with people? If I were to pick a social model, I would say, “Horses in a herd live in a herd hierarchy”. Think of a social ladder, with some horse occupying each rung. If this were the case, then the horses that live in our horse herd would be so calm and orderly.
Do horses individually think in horse herd dynamics?
We are also curious about whether horses “thought” about anything other then a flake of hay. More than that, we were interested in what it means to think when you are a horse. Do they scheme, plan, organize, or engage in any of those more complex thinking & communication activities? Or, do horses act as individuals when it comes to horse herd dynamics.
We couldn’t really know. Horse herd dynamics are complicated. But we did see the strangest thing not too long ago when it started to rain after a long dry spell.