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Gender roles

horses at waterIn a typical natural family group or harem, there is usually one stallion with several mares. (Group sizes vary, but are commonly between 6 and 12 horses).

The mares have a hierarchy among themselves, with the leaders being higher ranking horses. These are responsible for guiding the group to the best grazing, to water and to safety when under threat.

The group stallion, or the highest ranking stallion in unusual cases where there is more than one in the group, is responsible for ensuring the production of foals, and for protecting his mares. While each mare has their own “bubble” of personal space, the stallion has two “bubbles” – his own, and one that extends around his mares and their foals.

 

 

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