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Horse Family

2 May

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Do horses remember each other?  Since horses are useful animals, we end up buying/selling/moving them around a lot.  They are adaptable.  But at their heart, they are herd animals, much as we are, and remember their family and friends and suffer from separation.  I don’t believe this is just anthropomorphism.

After Katie returned home after six months, her former pasturemate (of three years) was so glad to see her, they immediately began scratching each other’s withers with their teeth.  OK, that horse language for “I love you.”

They kept grooming for hours over the next few months.  It slowly decreased as they realized neither was going anywhere.  But if you spend time in a herd of horses, you realize that left to their own devices, horses would form family groups and stay with them.  And perhaps they suffer more than we know by leaving their herdmates.