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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.

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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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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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