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Horse Behavior

Photographer: Kathy Landman
Horses are prey animals.
Sight is their most important sense.
A highly developed sense of smell and hearing helps to warn horses against predators.
Chewing and licking indicate a relaxed horse.
Most Thoroughbred horses prefer being a part of a herd.
Photographer: Kathy Landman

Horses use their body posture, ears, tail, and teeth to show how they feel.  They also whinny and snort to express themselves.

Education Blogs

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 a...

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In the second and third months of a foal’s life, they are interested in socializing. This is an important step in ensuring the foals interact well with other horses. Foals will start to leave their dam’s (mother’s) side a bit more, exploring other foals. This is a time for play and both fil...

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Godolphin shares the process behind preparing horses for travel. Watch to learn more! There are questions and corresponding answers at the very end of this video.  Godolphin video Foal Transportation [1] from National Museum of Racing [2] on Vimeo [3].   [1] https://vimeo.com/295241263 [2] ...

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Ever wonder how race horses travel across the country or around the world? There are a few different ways! Airplane, boat and trailer transportation are most common. In the 1600 and 1700s, horses traveled by boat. They were loaded into a ship with hay and water for a long trip across the ocean. W...

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From Season 1, Memento d'Oro explores Old Tavern Farm during a snow storm. Horses are still turned out in the cold as they tolerate it well due to their ability to grow a winter coat and maintain heat after digestion.    MORESNOW [1] from National Museum of Racing [2] on Vimeo [3].   [1] ...

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