Thought, fact and quote for the day 19/2/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 19/2/12

Thought4 the day: In life not everything is smooth sailing. You huit many lumps and bumps the odd tree of perhaps a revine! Life is twists and turns and swings and roundabouts its not just for us its the same for our four legged friends be they horses to cats and dogs. You can be settled and content in your field and the next moment in a lorry to god knows where. You can go from a life of being lo...ved by your mum and owners to perhaps one where things take a turn for the worst or the lucky ones from loving to home to loving home and perhaps they might stay til the end of their days. We get many come in not all now from bad situations they now come from loving owners who do not want them passed from pilar to post and not know that they are ok or loved. We have given some those spaces and i will admit these cases never stay long as they are assessed and then people are chomping on the bit to help us give them that new home. Homes are vetted and we do assess the people even without them knowing its how they move. talk. interact anything around the horse. The odd placed question thrown in too. Experiance is more then just years of having a horse its knowledge too and the knowing of right from wrong. We do not place horses in homes where we do not think that they will flourish. Everything has to be a match. After all they deserve the best...
Fact4 the day: Color vision

How a horse sees a red or a green apple (bottom) compared to how red or green apples are usually seen by most humans (top)
Horses are not color blind, but have two-color, or dichromatic vision. This means that they see two of the basic three wavelengths of visible light, compared to the three-color trichromic vision of most humans. In other words, horses naturally see the blue and green colors of the spectrum and the color variations based upon them, but cannot distinguish red. Research indicates that their color vision is somewhat like red-green color blindness in humans. This means that certain colors, especially red and related colors, appear more green.

Dichromatic vision is the result of the animal having two types of cones in their eyes: a short-wavelength sensitive cone (S) that is optimal at 428 nm (pastel bluish-gray), and a middle-to-long wavelength sensitive cone (M/L) which sees optimally at 539 nm, more of a yellowish color. This structure may be because horses are most active at dawn and dusk, a time when the rods of the eye are especially useful.

The horse's limited ability to see color is sometimes taken into consideration when designing obstacles for the horse to jump, since the animal will have a harder time distinguishing between the obstacle and the ground if the two are only a few shades off. Therefore, most people paint their jump rails a different color from the footing or the surrounding landscape so that the horse may better judge the obstacle on the approach. Studies have shown that horses are less likely to have a rail down when the jump is painted with two or more contrasting colors, rather than one single color It is especially difficult for horses to distinguish between yellows and greens.
Quote 4the day:
"War Horse" There was no greater companion, then the horse of war
Through the many plains and fields of battle did he soar!
Not by sky, but by land
he charged forth to take a stand
When the great knights of old mounted the saddle
The war horses knew it was time for battle!
Through the wind, rain, moon, and sun
The war horse galloped on; until the battle was won
By Glaedr the poet
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