Horse BehaviorJune 11th, 2019
Thoroughbred horses are herd animals. At 6 months of age, foals are placed in a herd of horses their age. This provides some important opportunities to socialize and learn. It is an introduction to their peers and their pre-training will begin in a group setting.
Horses are strongly social and are at a higher comfort level when they can make visual contact with other horses. During their time training and racing, horses are around other horses and interact in various ways. This can be to calm their nerves as well as to increase their endurance and stamina on the racetrack. In terms of grouping them into herds, different personalities warrant different results. Some horses are not comfortable in a large group and others prefer a large group over small ones. Trainers and farm mangers spend time observing the horses to implement best practices for each horse.