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Survival of the fittest? Why your modern day horse might show aggressive behaviors

Survival of the fittest? Why your modern day horse might show aggressive behaviors

Horses have two primary motives for aggressive behavior--perception of being dominant or fear that has evolved from occupying too submissive a role. Long before we kept horses, they roamed the earth in herds. Submission by the herd to a dominant horse was a survival mechanism that served their species well. The herd looked to one horse--the most dominant member--to lead them to good pasture, fresh water, shelter, and when a dangerous predator was approaching, to signal that it was time to flee.

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