Thought 4the day: Who often gets in a cafuffle or forgets things. Walking up those stairs knowing what you want and then gone! We are just human it happens yet horses are the same in more ways then one. We remember the bad pretty easily sometimes more then the good its just our dna and yet again horses are the same! Bad experiances, bad times everything. I rode Sausage for the first time yesterday... where the car hit her hock and just before we got there her mannerisms, body language everything changed to full on alert on tender hooks slightest thing and she would be gone. A car came from behind. Oh my god you could feel her start to panic so i saw an entrance literally a few meters away and went into it. The car drove past she relaxed a little. We then rode on past the point a car hit her and she did cross over to the other side of the road but at least she went past. Memories are funny things. We all have them. Deja vous is another one lol we can be so complex yet so simple yet again same as horses! The point of this thought is that we all need comfort, understanding, help to turn things around, support from friends, love and yet so much more again same as our four legged friends. Treat them as you want to be treated and have fun with them while doing it. Every horse deserves that second chance :o)
Quote 4the day: "Judge not the horse by his saddle."
- Chinese Proverb
Fact4 the day: Near- and Far-sightedness
Many domestic horses (about 1/3) tend to have myopia (near-sightness), with few being far-sighted. Wild horses, however, are usually far-sighted.
Horses have relatively poor "accommodation" (change focus, done by changing the shape of the lens, to sharply see objects near and far), as they have weak ciliary muscles. However, this does not usually place them at a disadvantage, as accommodation is often used when focusing with high acuity on things up close, and horses rarely need to do so. Instead, the horse often tilts its head slightly to focus on things without the benefit of a high degree of accommodation.