Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares
Better than a book. Take a lawn chair and lunch out to a ranch, have a sit, and do nothing but watch them for a day. Most people that I know that board have absolutely no idea how their horse acts when they're not there.
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I have actually done this a couple times and learned a lot from watching. In the pasture was my filly, a mini, and an older mare( who was most definantly the lead mare of this little group). A day before this they had moved a new mare into the pasture with them. It was really kind of interesting to watch the new mare learn her place in the herd.