It is part of equine nature, stemming from wild herd days, that groups of horses create social hierarchies. These rankings work to safeguard the herd, maintain family groups, and determine priority access to resources – food, water, and shelter. These horse hierarchies are often rather complex – with no clean line of pecking order. There’s always a leader, and there’s always a top dominant horse over the herd, but interestingly, that’s not always the same horse.
This painting is the first in a series that explores this idea.