Most mares quickly comply, but the obstinate ones
must sometimes be forcibly moved or reprimanded,
with the “snaking” turning into a chase highlighted
by vicious bites to the hindquarters. Mares often kick
during such chases in shows of defiance.
Within the herd, competition often erupts between
band stallions, as each is willing to win additional mares
from another band. The close proximity of the bands
inside a herd leads to constant vigilance, shu;ing,
and protecting of turf; a band stallion’s stamina is
Numerous bachelors on the outskirts of
the herd also pose a threat. Most spend
their time in small bachelor bands, quietly
grazing and soaking up sun a short distance
from the herd. Many bachelors form tight
bonds, clearly enjoying each other’s company,
openly displaying a;ection.
This bachelor stallion displays a
challenge at the watering hole.
Stallions will get their mares back in
line by “snaking,” or getting low to
the ground with their neck and body.