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Horse Behavior

Photographer: Kathy Landman
Horses are prey animals; meaning that in the wild, they are hunted and captured by predators. This has a great impact on their behavior.
Highly developed senses of sight, smell, and hearing help to warn horses against danger.
Horses are very social animals. During training and racing, they spend time with other horses to increase endurance and calm their nerves.
Thoroughbreds are referred to as "hot-blooded" as they tend to be more energetic and nervous than other equines.
Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Horses use their body posture, ears, tail, and teeth to show humans and other animals how they are feeling.

Education Blogs

Godolphin shares a great deal of educational videos and insightful content on their social media accounts. Below is a link to a short video on foster foals and mares. From their page: "Take a look back at our Godolphin foster foal diaries... After being rejected by its mother, a week old foal lea...

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Thoroughbred horses are social animals. They benefit greatly from interacting with horses as well as other animals for friendship and support. Pasture/barn companions are common and range from old, retired racehorses, to farm horses, to ponies that have a steadfast, calm temperament. A pasture/ba...

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has some great education resources available online. The Foal Patrol program offers live streaming video of each horse along with informational photos, videos and updates on their progress and status at each farm. Along with these resources, there ...

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The thoroughbred horse is an animal of prey meaning they are sought after by a predator. Although they are large 1200 pound animals, they are still inherently affected by this and it factors into their behavior. The horse is a precocial species, meaning that foals are neurologically mature and mo...

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In celebration of President’s Day, we wanted to highlight some of the USA Presidents who have owned horses and/or been involved in horse racing. Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned horses and were very proud of them; breeding different types of horses to enhance those blood...

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