My question might seem odd but I’m a newbie to horses and I’d like to know if it’s true that when a stallion is about to fight with another for a mare, or when it wants to protect its position in the hierarchy or gain the leadership, then it will try to position or hold itself in a way that it seems larger?
I might just have dreamt it but I think I heard something like this.
Could you, please, be so kind as to tell me if there is such or a similar kind of behaviour in horses, and if yes, which situations it happens in and exactly what it is the stallion is doing? :think:
Thanks a lot! :-)
(P.s.: I didn’t find an appropriate subforum for the question, hence my posting it here.)
Stallions to arch their neck and elevate their head and neck. I am sure that appearance has something to do with it, more importantly though it allows them to use their body more appropriately so that they can fight.
Thank you very much!!
I guess we should never give up hope that our question will be answered :mrgreen:
You are more than welcome. Your appreciation made searching through all those pages looking for unanswered questions worth it :)
As long as we keep and open heart and mind and are patient the answer will always appear to us, in one form or another :wink:
It is called 'posturing'. It is like a dog raising the 'hackles' on its neck and baring its teeth or a rooster fluffing its hackle feathers straight out. Just about all dominant male animals have some way of posturing to warn a possible rival or an intruder.
Super, Thank you :)
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