Dominance Hierarchy

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The mare demonstrates her dominance by getting
to the feed tub first. The gelding is submissive to the mare and initially circles the feed
tub rather than trying to eat the grain. When the gelding does try to take a bite of grain,
the mare snakes out her neck and pins her ears in a threatening manner. The gelding
responds to the mare’s threatening body language by leaving the feed tub thus preventing a
fight.

 

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