Thought, fact and quote for the day 20/2/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 20/2/12

Thought4 the day: Experiance what is experiance? Is it going to college and learning or is it being in the thick of it and seeing it with your own eyes and being literally in the middle of it? Everyones ideas of experiance is different. To us its not just if someone has been to a college its more how they are with the horses. When we meet people and they meet the horses they don't realise that as ...they go around the yard they are assessed! Its how they meet, greet, touch, go to touch, handle a horse possibly shy away anything the horses throw at them. Then when we check the home its not just about fencing, stables(if they have one some have to live out) feed, water all of that its about how comfortable the person is and so much more and a bonus is if they have a network of people helping them. Taking on one of ours is literally like having your own horse but for security for the horses and ponies they always remain sahs property even thou that doesn't sound nice saying it in that way. That way if anything goes wrong they must come home to us. They cannot be loaned out by the people who have them or semi loaned or even move yard without telling us. The contracts say it all. The horses and ponies is above all our priority..
Quote 4the day: Even when your horse is gone they still live in your heart forever, and when it is time for you to be sent home to them, you will find that special horse again.
Fact4 the day: Sensitivity to light

Mare and foal with eyeshine from the tapetum lucidum
Horses have more rods than humans, a high proportion of rods to cones (about 20:1), as well as a tapetum lucidum, giving them superior night vision. This also gives them better vision on slightly cloudy days, relative to bright, sunny days. In a 2009 laboratory study, horses were able to distinguish differe...nt shapes in low light, including levels mimicking dark, moonless nights in wooded areas. When light dropped to nearly dark, horses could not discriminate between different shapes, but remained able to negotiate around the enclosure and testing equipment in conditions where humans in the same enclosure "stumbled into walls, apparatus, pylons, and even the horse itself. "

However, horses are less able to adjust to sudden changes of light than are humans, such as when moving from a bright day into a dark barn. This is a consideration during training, as certain tasks, such as loading into a trailer, may frighten a horse simply because it cannot see adequately. It is also important in riding, as quickly moving from light to dark or vice-versa will temporarily make it difficult for the animal to judge what is in front of it.
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