Thought, fact and quote 4the day 19/1/12
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Thought, fact and quote 4the day 19/1/12

Thought 4the day: When to rehome? When horses and ponies come into us now its not just the walking skeletons we have its ones that can be upto weight but were not wanted and were going to slaughter or ones that are perfect and were loved so much but funds can run out or ill health can take over. We have them from many back grounds. We are not biased so horses are welcome as long as we have the spa...ce. We set our limit at 30 and are 2 over on our side and have a lovely lady that is a livery and one on rest bite that will go home with in the 2 months. The question is when do we rehome them? The answer to that one is when the horses are ready. We go by them. They get assessed after a week or two to settle in (if they are the healthy ones). If they are medically with us they can be assessed over months or however long it takes for them to recover. The ones that are healthy as i said start assessment earlier to see how they behave and what they react too over and over just doing general things from mucking out, rugs on and off, brushing, picking up feet etc. If they are ridable its lean on them touch them all over lay a blanket on their back. We treat them as if its fresh we don;t just get on and off we go as thats where we might freak them out! When they are comfortable and passed all of this thats when they are ready and then we seek homes that suit them. One could be bulshy and need a strong leader another could be so so quiet and need someone to help them flourish. We never sell them. Yes that could be easy and we would have all the money for feeds etc but its not our policy and never will be. Their happiness and security comes first so we only loan them out on contracts (if vet checks are passed). We do ask for a small donation. we are finding people can afford to keep them just not buy one nowadays so they come to us and see what we have as we do have many just not many that are ready lol Its upto the horses when they are ready :o)
Fact 4the day: Conformation of the muzzle

A horse with a dished face or dished head has a muzzle with a concave profile on top, often further emphasized by slight bulging of forehead (jibbah). Dished heads are associated with Arabians and Arabian-influenced breeds, which excel at Endurance riding and were originally bred in the arid Arabian desert. There are several theories regarding the role of the dished head. It may be an adaptation to reduce airflow resistance and increase aerobic endurance. Dished head is not considered a deformity.

A Roman nose is a muzzle with a convex profile. Convex heads are associated with Draft horses, Baroque horse breeds and horses from cold regions. This trait likely plays a role in warming air as it is inhaled, but may also influence aerobic capacity. Roman nose is not considered a deformity.

A horse with a parrot mouth. A horse with small nostrils or small nares can be found in any breed and often accompanies a narrow jaw and muzzle. Small nostrils limit the horse's ability to breathe hard while exerting itself. This especially affects horses in high-speed activities (polo, racing, eventing, steeplechase) or those that need to sustain effort over long duration (endurance, competitive trial, combined driving). Horses with small nostrils are therefore best used for pleasure riding or non-speed sports.
Quote 4the day: "In partnership with a horse, one is seldom lacking for thought, emotion and inspiration. One is always attended by a great companion." ~John Astley
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