Thought 4the day: In life things are not always as straight forward as they might seem. It could be that a horse is standing in a field and it could seem alone yet they might prefer to be alone. Its not often horses don't seek each others company. They might like seeing them from a far but do not want to be in the group. We have one that will not and never will be in a group as his a rig and its n...ot possible as he would hurt any horse he is with. Then you get the ones that panic and run and try to go through a fence if not over a fence if you take their friend away before them! They can't cope with being seperated!!! Its almost like an anxiety! Have you never noticed with horses and ponies that there very sensitive and some can feed off of moods so however you feel or how you act they mimic. Jinx mimics the other horses picking up their habits. She started to chew like postie. Postie(may she rip) was moving the tumour and feeling where it was so she could eat without biting it. Jinx copied! They are mostly social creatures but you do get the odd one that simply wants to be alone. Is your horse/pony a group leader, part of the crowd or a loaner....
Fact4 the day: The Front Legs- The Fetlock
Toed-Out/Lateral Deviation of Pastern from Fetlock/ Fetlock Valgus
An angular limb deformity that creates a toed-out appearance from the fetlock down.
A fairly common fault
... Creates excess strain on one side of the hoof, pastern and fetlock, predisposing the horse to DJD, ringbone, foot soreness or bruising.
The horse will tend to wing, possibly causing an interference injury. May damage splint or cannon bone.
This conformation diminishes the push from rear legs, as symmetry and timing of the striding is altered with the rotated foot placement, particularity at the trot. Thus, stride efficiency is affected to slow the horse’s gait.
The horse is unable to sustain years of hard work.
Toed-In/Medial Deviation of Pastern/Fetlock Varus
An angular limb deformity causing a pigeon toed appearance from the fetlock down, with the toe pointing in toward the opposite limb.
Horse is most suited for pleasure riding, non-impact, low-speed, and non-pivoting work.
These horses tend to paddle, creating excess motion and twisting of the joints with the hoof in the air. This is unappealing in show horse, wasteful energy, which reduces the efficiency of the stride, so the horse fatigues more quickly. The hoof initially impacts ground on inside wall, causing excess stress on the inside structures of the limb, leading to ringbone (DJD) and sole or heel bruising in inside of hoof.
Quote4 the day: "Xenophon was the first one to claim that horses can become only more beautiful with correct training, never uglier. I would like to add to this that if the horse becomes uglier in the course of his work, it is the unmistakable proof for a wrong dressage training." ~ Colonel Alois Pohajsky