Thought 4the day: With so many coming and in now going out to new homes it feels like sometimes life can be a whirl wind! Some are lucky and come in with no real issues and if rideable stay for a month at tops as homes are easy to find where as the ones that come in with weight, mental or physical issues stay alot longer. We have some that are permanant fixtures of furniture but thats ok. Thats wh...y we are here. All that go out get checked on from time to time to make sure all is ok. Life is what you make it and the same goes for the horses and ponies in our care once they see help is actually here its up to them to help turn it around or some stay angry for that little while longer. Anger is very destructive. They can be brought round if they choose to be but its time, patiance, literally a huge waiting game. Then you get the ones that are very sensitive and need that one to one. We do our best to match each horse to rider or companion home as if no match the horses come home. Touch wood all seem to stay at their homes!!! We have several new ones coming in this weekend. I must remember to put pics up!!!
Quote 4the day: Ride the horse in the direction that it's going.
Fact 4the day: Visual acuity and sensitivity to motion
The visual acuity of the horse, or how well he is able to see details, is around 20/33. This is slightly worse than the usual 20/20 in humans, but much better than the visual acuity of dogs (20/50), cats (20/75), and rats (20/300). However, it is difficult to test an animal's visual acuity, and therefore the results may vary between studies....
The horse also has a "visual streak," or an area within the retina, linear in shape, with a high concentration of ganglion cells (up to 6100 cells/mm² in the visual streak compared to the 150 and 200 cells/mm² in the peripheral area). Horses have better acuity when the object they are looking at falls in this region. They therefore will tilt or raise their head, to help place the object within the area of the visual streak.
The horse is very sensitive to motion, as motion is usually the first alert that a predator is approaching. Such motion is usually first detected in their periphery, where they have poor visual acuity, and horses will usually act defensive and run if something suddenly moves into their peripheral field of vision.