This is an expanded look at the values I have learned from horses and the horse world as first described in the blog post: Why Use Horses?

Horse resting its head on the back of another horse

Horses are herd animals.  They crave companionship and are highly in tune to each other.  I have seen many show and race horses that are often kept in individual paddocks develop vices from boredom, ulcers from stress, or even become aggressive from isolation.  Young horses learn how to behave from older horses.  New horses introduced to a herd learn where to find water and food from those more experienced.  Horses that tend to spook more easily find confidence and boldness from those that are calm and unflappable.  Within a herd, horses find trust, protection, guidance, and support.  In truth, horses need each other to remain healthy and balanced mentally and physically.

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