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The Beautiful Herd

If you know what you are observing, the experience of watching a herd of horses interact can be a beautiful and profound experience. There are both simple and complex dynamics at play that, with some understanding, can impact how we conduct our lives and interact with those around us. While much of our society is […]

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The Peace of the Alpha

The term “alpha” has earned a negative connotation in our current language. It implies dominance and suggests an unhealthy power dynamic. In a herd, however, it’s important to remember that a dominance hierarchy promotes harmony. Often times the alpha of a herd is an older mare. Why is this? Robert Miller, DVM, who has studied […]

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