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  • Writer's pictureKathy Winkler Studio

Friendship Train

I know that it is a play on words to describe a group of horses as a “Friendship Train”, but they are very social creatures and have a wonderful social hierarchy. Like in mustangs, there is always some horse, such as the stallion, in charge of moving the herd on, and a mare to keep order, to discipline the youngsters, and to decide where to graze. “Friendship Train” is a very powerful and moving song, made popular by Gladys Knight and the Pips in the 1970s.

It doesn’t just have to be about people. It is the train that stands for justice, freedom, harmony, peace, and love, and that everybody has to work together. It is a matter of survival, whether man or beast!

These four adult mustangs and one young foal stopped at a waterhole in the Nevada desert, where water is obviously a premium commodity. But, they all stuck together and trusted the leadership in the herd to get them to the next water hole, and the next grazing point. In an environment where grass is a sparse and coveted commodity, survival through teamwork is at its finest!


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