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A youthful wild horse cavorts in a lush, green pasture.  The playful motion of the horse's tail indicates that it is enjoying the outside lifestyle.  As soon as the horse is done playing in the grass, it can enjoy some grazing in the sun.

Wild horses can be found in several places in the United States, from the island of Chincoteague made famous in the popular children's book Misty of Chincoteague, to the flats of the western states.

Wild horses travel in larger herds where they are part of smaller social groups that include a stallion, some mares, and foals. Stallions who are immature or very old typically form "bachelor" groups within the herd. These herds travel looking for fresh water and grass, which they spend about 20 hours per day grazing on.

One of the benefits of traveling in herds is it allows horses to alert each other to predators and other dangers. Horses trade lookout duties, ensuring that the members of the herd not only remain safe, but that those not on duty can graze or rest in peace.

In addition to communicating with sounds such as nickering, squealing, and neighing, horses also rely on body language. For example, a horse that is resting a hind leg and hanging its head is relaxed, while one that has its ears pricked and its tail held high may be indicating that there is cause for alarm.

Because horses are not equipped to fight, their best defense against predators is flight. Wild horses tend to graze in open areas rather than in sheltered areas, so that they have plenty of opportunity to run away if necessary.

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