Social Behaviour (S)

Horses are a highly social species. Most of what they do is done in a social context, or at least in close proximity to other group members. It is plausible to consider that the majority of behaviour patterns described in this ethogram, even when individuals display them on their own, are in fact triggered or consequential to the social environment. An example of this is Solitary Play in youngsters, wherein they play when others are around.

Further reading:

Social interactions (Si)

The social life of feral horses

Affiliative behavior in Equus caballus

Huddling in horses

Herding behavior

Play (P)

Group specific behavior as a basis for equine culture

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