Assateague Island, a barrier island off the eastern coast of the Delmarva Peninsula measuring 37 miles (60 kilometers) long, was the scene of the first horse combat. Filmed footage shows a painted horse’s gaze lingering on a bay horse. Invader or not, the paint does not want the bay in his herd. Despite the paint’s warnings, the bay refused to go declaring in his head, “I’m not leaving because I’m higher than you.”
Everyone was startled when a video posted on YouTube went viral with almost 10 million views. A youngster can be heard saying “Horse fight, horse fight” in the background of the video, clearly amused by the white horse’s eagerness to engage in combat and the white horse’s subsequent bite to the bum. The folks who filmed this should be commended for their cool demeanor, which ensured that no significant harm was done.
You’ll just make things worse if you flee in a state of fear. Fear and self-preservation can drive the domestic horse to use combat as a major defense mechanism, as it has relatively few options for flight. Make sure to remember that a horse doesn’t necessarily need to be terrified in order to seek to protect itself. Even if she isn’t terrified of you, a new mother may not want you near her foal. If you get too close, she might defend the baby.
In the same way, horses and ponies of all kinds can go into defense mode when asked to perform something they don’t want to do, such as grooming sensitive areas or tacking up. It’s safe to say that everything works out alright in the end of the video.