visiting Central Australia, I witnessed an interesting interaction between two wild stallions.
This observation took place shortly after the stallions were captured.
Both males were placed in separate enclosures, divided by a single fence.
The younger male was kept on his own, while the older male was placed in a paddock with several mares that did not belong to his harem in the wild.
The stallion assimilated with the mares in a short time and was seen mating with them on the first day.
One night, during an “over the fence” encounter between the two stallions, the dividing fence 11 | P a g e was pulled down, resulting in the younger male being harshly bitten by the older stallion.
This one aggressive encounter must have resolved a dispute between the two males, as they have never tried to fight each other again.
Moreover, after they were broken-in, the two stallions were ridden side-by-side with full acceptance of each other’s presence.
The younger stallion seemed to accept his subordinate status and has shown no intention of challenging the older male, although I am sure he wouldn’t mind mating with the mares in the temporary absence of the dominant male! Magdalena Anna Zabek www.magdalenas-art-work.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org +61 402 766 053 I wanted to thank Colleen O’Brien, the VBA president for her time and stimulating discussions on wild horse’s behaviour.
Colleen introduced me to all her domestic horses (and sheep, dogs, cats and guinea fowls) and wild horses from the Bogong and Kosciuszko National Parks, which are currently awaiting adoption in VBA sanctuary.
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