Herd Psychology is the understanding of how a horse herd works so we can care for our horse’s emotional health better.
If our horse is mentally and emotionally healthy, then this makes our interactions so much more pleasant for both us and our equine.
Did you know a herd is actually all the groups of horses you have on a property? A band or harem refers to the smaller group of horses that live together. A band can be a group of geldings, mares, or stallions, or a mixture of both. All male bands are referred to as ‘Batchelors’ and a harem is usually made up of a male, and several females.
Even though a herd may have several groups that live in separate areas, they will still interact even if it is only by sight and sound. This is why it’s important to consider what is happening (or may happen) when you re-arrange a band/harem, or remove a member for riding etc.
When a horse is mentally and emotionally attached to a herd, it does make it harder to remove them without fuss. However with gradual, careful and positive training you can have your horse enjoy outings and interactions with others. The following articles will help with some ideas and solutions to problems commonly encountered.