Thought 4the day: Ok who else will admit hands up in the air that they talk to their horses happily chatting away as you muck out, tack up, feed them or just in general. Talking to them lets them know by the tone of your voice not just where you are but how you are feeling as they hear this not in the words you use just the tones and body language. Some horses and ponies are sympathetic and if you... have had a bad day they will turn to comfort you but you get the odd few that will turn away as they are like oh god not this again can't you find someone else to lean on? Its normally these ones that have never really had love til they came to you and in time they do come around and stand there for that hug. It might take a few years but they adjust. We have one mare in who has been a permanant machine all her life and shes not been loved and coddled and was sooooo grumpy if you tried now she stands and waits for her hug off of the young lady who has adopted her. Its a beautiful sight to see. I have to admit i happily talk to all the horses and any i meet as far as i am concerned it would be rude not too!!!!
Fact4the day: The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus, or the wild horse. It is a single-hooved (ungulate) mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC, and their domes...tication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's Horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior.
Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight instinct. Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months, and a young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four. They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years.
Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are over 300 breeds of horses in the world today, developed for many different uses.
Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, agriculture, entertainment, and therapy. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Many products are derived from horses, including meat, milk, hide, hair, bone, and pharmaceuticals extracted from the urine of pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers.
Quote 4the day: Of course some times you read a quote and it doesn't make any sense.....yet. So you store it away and one day, during a work session with your horse, it's like a light bulb clicks. You remember the quote at the precise moment you have come to consciously observe the principle in action.