Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/1/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 17/1/12

Thought 4the day: Naughty or misinderstood? How do you tell the difference? The signs are there its in the ears and eyes and body language you need to read them and see them for who they are as you might end up disaplining a horse that is actually not being naughty but either immature or scared. Horses are like us humans they have many layers and you need to peel each layer away and look inside the box and see what they say and have to offer. They all have many qualities...just help them to find them :o)
Fact4 the day: Conformation of the head and neck

The standard of the ideal head varies dramatically from breed to breed based on a mixture of the role the horse is bred for and what breeders, owners and enthusiasts find appealing. Breed standards frequently cite large eyes, a broad forehead and a dry head-to-neck connection as important to correctness about the head. Traditionally, the length of... head as measured from poll to upper lip should be two-thirds the length of the neck topline (measured from poll to withers). Presumably, the construction of the horse's head influences its breathing, though there are few studies to support this. Historically, a width of 4 fingers or 7.2 cm was associated with an unrestricted airflow and greater endurance. However, a study in 2000 which compared the intermandibular width-to-size ratio of Thoroughbreds with their racing success showed this to be untrue. The relationship between head conformation and performance are not well-understood, and an appealing head may be more a matter of marketability than performance. Among mammals, morphology of the head often plays a role in temperature regulation. Many ungulates have a specialized network of blood vessels called the carotid rete, which keeps the brain cool while the body temperature rises during exercise. Horses lack a carotid rete and instead use their sinuses to cool blood around the brain. These factors suggest that the conformation of a horse's head influences its ability to regulate temperature.
Quote 4the day: "Thou must learn the thoughts of the noble horse whom thou wouldst ride. The horse is a wise animal. Let him show you the best and most natural way to accomplish a desired end." - Johann Wolfgang Goethe
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