Real ethology with Lucy Rees, part 1
Meet the Pottokas
The primitive ponies who hold the key to better domestic horse welfare
In the Spanish Gredos Mountains, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, live 33 very lucky ponies. They don't know it but their job is to answer important questions for the students who come to observe them. Like "What does a stallion do all day?" "Do horses have leaders?" And: "How do horses bond with each other?"
In this feature you can meet renowned ethologist Lucy Rees and her black and white bands of Basque Pottokas. In the series to follow, you can learn more about the ponies and their history and you can also hear from some of the students about their observations of horse behaviour.
And what is it not? Why studying horse behaviour does not automatically make you an ethologist.