The Bite – level 4

“Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.” 

~Wilkie Collins

Avoiding at all costs ‘the bite’ is wild, harem mare, Bella.  Her band stallion, Sidekick, had had enough of her stalling and was anxious enough to get her to move that he lost his ‘temper’ and went in hard and fast to attempt to get her to move off with the rest of the harem.   Off in the wings was that handsome stallion, Flax.  In addition, causing all the ruckus and delay and disobedience from the harem were two new foals born that morning to Sidekick’s band.

The bite and the kick both involving physical contact of some type, but serious injury is rare, is exhibited by both males and females and is the fourth level of agonistic behavior and bite threats are the most common in this mid-level aggressive display. 

The moral here…..always have your wits about you!  At any given moment there is no equid without admonishment regardless of their age or social status in the band.