Quote 4the day:
Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
By Ronald Duncan, "The Horse," 1954
Fact4 the day: A feral horse is a free-roaming horse of domesticated ancestry. As such, a feral horse is not a wild animal in the sense of an animal without domesticated ancestors. However, some populations of feral horses are managed as wildlife, and these horses often are popularly called "wild" horses. Feral horses are descended from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. Away from humans, over time, these animals' patterns of behavior revert to behavior more closely resembling that of wild horses. Some horses that live in a feral condition but may be occasionally handled or managed by humans, particularly if privately owned, are referred to as "semi-feral."
Feral horses live in groups called a band, herd, harem, or mob. Feral horse herds, like those of wild horses, are usually made up of small bands led by a dominant mare, containing additional mares, their foals, and immature horses of both sexes. There is usually one herd stallion, though occasionally a few less-dominant males may remain with the group. Horse "herds" in the wild are best described as groups of several small bands who share a common territory. Bands are usually on the small side, as few as three to five animals, but sometimes over a dozen. The makeup of bands shifts over time as young animals are driven out of the band they were born into and join other bands, or as young stallions challenge older males for dominance. However, in a given closed ecosystem such as the isolated refuges in which most feral horses live today, to maintain genetic diversity the minimum size for a sustainable free-roaming horse or burro population is 150-200 animals.
Thought 4the day: Phobias we all have them. Everyone to a degree. I will hold my hands up and admit i am petrified of spiders to the point they can hold me hostage!!! Henry has a random fear of donkies. He can now walk past them but exagerates his walk as if we were doing a dressage test!! Rosie our new forest shes not scared of anything..until... a peacock spreads its feathers out and then shes stopped dead in her tracks!! Callie bless her is fine with all cars going past and parked if someone in them but give her an empty car and she sees her reflection she goes sideways as if there is a horse trapped in that car!! Phobias are here to keep us alive and alert and its the same for our four legged friends. We all need the odd bit of fear/excitement it gets the heart pumping! Or in my case the odd scream and run in fear lol What are your and your horses random fear? I remember when i first got henry and took him out he would not go past a bush as there was an odd purple leaf in amoungst the green lmao Gotta love them for it :o))