Leader of the herd
Horses naturally establish a hierarchy of leadership and dominance within a herd. Simple body language and positioning are generally all it takes for a respected leader to communicate with his herd.
Flame is this way. He is sensitive and alert. The other horses defer to him without resistance. When Flame moves through the pen, the other horses make way.
His best friend and teammate, Jack, passed a couple of years ago. We worried that Flame would never recover from the loss, but thankfully, with the rest of the herd interacting with him, Flame has been ok. At his prime, weighing in at approximately 1700 pounds, Flame is the biggest horse on our farm.
If you are interested in discussing our programs further, join us as we walk into the herd to meet the horses.