Thought4 the day: rules, boundaries and being soft on occassions lol We all set rules and boundaries and limitations with our children and without realising it with our horses and ponies. They do need them but sometimes we do not realise we have them! For example if your horse is in his or her stable and you want to exit you ask them to move back and you expect them to respect you and step back. 9... out of 10 horses will but you get the odd one thats no mum i am coming and squashes you! Horses and ponies are like having kids as they rely on you for food, water, being let out or put out and even ridden out or taken for walks. Wouldn't it be weird if you went out the yard one day and your horse goes to you sorry mum i done my breakfast and cleaned out my room and went out to play for a while as you were late!!! Without realising it horses can be very demanding yet with all they give us emotionally, physically and spiritually we never notice!!!!! I love my two daughters, 5 dogs, 3 cats and all the 34 horses we have in the yard!!!! who could ask for anything more in life. Well maybe a few happy ever after homes but the right people will come when the time is right :o)))
Fact 4the day: Neck length and position
A neck of ideal length is about one third of the horse's length, measured from poll to withers, with a length comparable to the length of the legs.
An ideally placed neck is called a horizontal neck. It is set on the chest neither too high nor too low, with its weight and balance aligned with the forward movement of the body. The horse is easy to supple, d...evelop strength, and to control with hand and legs aids. Although relatively uncommon, it is usually seen in Thoroughbreds, American Quarter Horses, and some Warmbloods. Horizontal neck is advantageous to every sport, as the neck is flexible and works well for balancing.
A short neck is one that is less than one third the length of the horse. Short necks are common, and found in any breed. A short neck hinders the balancing ability of the horse, making it more prone to stumbling and clumsiness. A short neck also adds more weight on the forehand, reducing agility.
Bull neck: short and thick. A short, thick, and beefy neck with short upper curve is called a bull neck. The attachment to its body is beneath the half-way point down the length of shoulder. Bull neck is fairly common, especially in draft breeds, Quarter Horses, and Morgans. Bull neck makes it more difficult to maintain balance if the rider is large and heavy or out of balance, which causes the horse to fall onto its forehand. Without a rider, the horse usually balances well. A bull neck is desirable for draft or carriage horses, so as to provide comfort for the neck collar. The muscles of the neck also generate pulling power. A horse with bull neck is best for non-speed sports. Bull neck is not considered a deformity.
A long neck is one that is more than one third the length of the horse. Long necks are common, especially in Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, and Gaited Horses. A long neck may hinder the balancing ability of the horse, and the horse may fatigue more quickly as a result of the greater weight on its front end. The muscles of a long neck are more difficult to develop in size and strength. A long neck needs broad withers to support its weight. It is easier for a long necked horse to fall into the bend of an S-curve than to come through the bridle, which causes the horse to fall onto its inside shoulder. This makes it difficult for the rider to straighten. A horse with this trait is best used for jumping, speed sports without quick changes of direction, or for straight line riding such as trail riding.
Quote 4the day: "A horse gallops with its lungs, perseveres with its heart, and wins with its character." ~ Tessio