Have you ever paid attention to horses in herds? When do you hear them vocalizing? Generally when calling for a friend. They call out when they are stressed. Stallions chatter when they are excited by a mare or irritated by a rival. Mares will call to their foals to bring them into line or nicker softly to settle them. Foals will call frantically if they are out of sight of their dam. But if you watch a herd of content horses, they are generally quiet vocally. They are saying what needs to be said through body language and touches.
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