Thought, quote and fact for the day 16/2/12
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Thought, quote and fact for the day 16/2/12

Thought 4the day: It seems to be one out and one in at the moment but to be truthful i would have that anytime. As the places become available they are literally filled or we have some waiting now to come in. The horses and people that have them are great at waiting and knowing that in time things will become available to them. This weekend we have star and nellie going to a new loving home and a mare coming back who needs a little help. Then on sunday we have Jackpot spreading his wings already to a great young lady who will treasure him and another young man coming back in from about 30 miles from jackpot. He also needs our help. There are a few more in the sidelines waiting to come in but its when their owners are ready through personal reasons. They know we are here when they need us and the space will be made to accomodate them at this time. I know we are only an unregistered charity but in time we are hoping and praying that we can become registered if we can raise enough over the year. All we want is whats best for all the four legged friends that come through our door. Time, love and understanding is all they need and we have that in abundance to give...
Quote 4the day: You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That's what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder...What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?
By Monica Dickens
Fact4 the day: Visual field

The range of a horse's monocular vision, blind spots are in shaded areas

A horse can use binocular vision to focus on distant objects by raising its head.
A horse with the head held vertical will have binocular focus on objects near its feet.
Like most animals of prey, the horse's eyes are set on the sides of its head, allowing it close to a 350 degree range of monocular vision. Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal, and are lateral-eyed, meaning that their eyes are positioned on the sides of their heads. This means that horses have a range of vision of more than 350°, with approximately 65° of this being binocular vision and the remaining 285° monocular vision.

This provides a horse with the best chance to spot predators. The horse's wide range of monocular vision has two "blind spots," or areas where the animal can not see: in front of the face (making a cone that comes to a point at about 3–4 feet in front of the horse) and right behind his head, which extends over the back and behind the tail when standing with the head facing straight forward. Therefore, as a horse jumps an obstacle, it briefly disappears from sight right before the horse takes off.

There is a trade-off to a wide range of monocular vision: The placement of the horse's eyes decreases the possible range of binocular vision (vision using both eyes at the same time) to around 65 degrees on a horizontal plane, occurring in a triangular shape primarily in front of the horse's face. Therefore the horse has a smaller field of depth perception than a human. The horse uses its binocular vision by looking straight at an object, raising its head when a horse looks at a distant predator or focuses on an obstacle to jump. To use binocular vision on a closer object near the ground, such as a snake or threat to its feet, the horse drops its nose and looks downward with neck somewhat arched.

A horse will raise or lower its head to increase its range of binocular vision. A horse's visual field is lowered when it is asked to go "on the bit" with the head held perpendicular to the ground. This makes the horse's binocular vision focus less on distant objects and more on the immediate ground in front of the horse, suitable for arena distances, but less adaptive to a cross-country setting. Riders who ride with their horses "deep," "behind the vertical," or in a rollkur frame decrease the range of the horse's distance vision even more, focusing only a few feet ahead of the front feet. Riders of Jumpers take the horse's use of distance vision into consideration, allowing their horse to raise the head a few strides before a jump, so that the animal is able to assess the jump and the proper take-off spot.
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