Thought 4the day: A busy day or a well worth spent day out with the horses? I would go with well worth it. Our days are getting alot busier with the amount of horses we have coming in and we have more to come its lucky there is enough hours in the day :o) We have several waiting to go out soon which is huge bonus for those horses and ponies concerned. We are going to have a sit down soon and discuss if any others are ready i don't like these meetings but they have to be done. Each horse is unique here and each has its own certain specifications for their new home some are companions and some are experianced rides. It all takes time but like i say time well worth spending :o))
Fact4 the day: The mouth
Digestion begins in the mouth, which is also called the "oral cavity." It is made up of the teeth, the hard palate, the soft palate, the tongue and related muscles, the cheeks and the lips. Horses also have three pairs of salivary glands, the parotid (largest salivary gland and located near the poll), submaxillary (located in the jaw), and sublingual (located under the t...ongue). Horses select pieces of forage and pick up finer foods, such as grain, with their sensitive, prehensile lips. The front teeth of the horse, called incisors, clip forage, and food is then pushed back in the mouth by the tongue, and ground up for swallowing by the premolars and molars.
The esophagus is about 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 m) in length, and carries food to the stomach. A muscular ring, called the cardiac sphincter, connects the stomach to the esophagus. This sphincter is very well developed in horses. This and the oblique angle at which the esophagus connects to the stomach explains why horses cannot vomit. The esophagus is also the area of the digestive tract where horses may suffer from choke.
Quote 4the day: Don't be the rider who gallops all nightand never sees the horse that is beneath him ~ Jelaluddin Rumi