Thought 4the day: Not everything in life can be as straight forward as you want it to be. It could be that the horse/pony wasn't the same when you got him/her home. It could be that the loss of a job could mean that you can no longer afford to keep your friend at that time. It could be that something changes and you could out grow your friend and have to think whats best for them. It could be that your friend has grown old and needs to retire. Not everything in life is straight forward or plain sailing but when you sit back and look at it we are the impetuous ones and the horses are the ones that kept and keep us grounded. They make you think more about right and wrong and perhaps it should be this way and not that way. You stop literally flying by the seat of your pants and fly as one with your friend... make the most of everything while you can and have the best friendship possible in the process :o)
Quote 4the day:
Brooks too wide for our leaping, hedges far too high.
Loads too heavy for our moving,
burdens too cumbersome for us to bear.
Distances far beyond our journeying.
The horse gave us mastery.
~ Pam Brown
Fact4 the day: Tail
High Tail Set
Tail comes out of body on a level with the top of the back.
Commonly seen, usually in Arabians, Saddlebreds, Gaited horses, and Morgans
... There is no direct performance consequence. Often, although not always, it is associated with a flat croup. A high-set tail contributes to the appearance of a horizontal croup, which may be an aesthetic concern to some.
Gives as animated appearance, which is good for parade, showing, or driving
Low Tail Set
Tail comes out of the body well down along the haunches. Associated with goose-rumped or steep pelvis.
Seen in any breed, especially in draft breeds
Only aesthetic concern unless directly caused by pelvic conformation.
Wry Tail/ Tail Carried to One Side
The tail is carried cocked to one side rather than parallel to the spine
May be linked to spinal misalignment, possibly due to injury
May be because the horse is not straight between the rider’s aids, can be used to determine how straight a horse is traveling behind. Over time, incorrect body carriage may place undue stress on limbs.
May be from discomfort, irritation or injury