Herd Hierarchy

Horses live, like most animals, in groups led by one horse, structuring the rest of the horses into a gradient of order from most dominant to least. The horse’s personality may play a role, especially in a panic situation.

Human interactions with one or more horses are included in this structure. The result is always the human (horse owner/trainer/professional) being placed by the horse either above, equal to, or below the horse’s self-determined dominance.

When there is no pressure, the separation is blurred, and all seem to get along. But when pressure is applied (for example, spooking to a sudden noise or action), the leader will rise. Then, the energy of the individuals proves to be the motivator, with the one having the lowest energy affecting all others. This is why most effective leaders “keep their cool.”

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