Thought, fact and quote for the day 22/3/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 22/3/12

Thought 4the day: In life you make friends and enemies its like that for everyone. Sometimes people simply just don't like you its just life. Horses and ponies feed off of emotions. Their emotions are just like us. Scared, love, confused, unsure etc. Some horses like their own company and do not socialise yet on the rare or odd occassion. Others need constant company and are or do feel insecure when noone in the herd or people are around. There is so many different tpyes of horses. Some here we have are simply confused and need a little guidance before being found their forever homes. We seem to have every type going!!!! Whats your best friend like?
Quote 4the day: If life hands you reins, take them without question and ride into a world of paradise.
Fact 4the day: Hoof changes in the medium term

Front and hind hooves are identical in the foal, but differ visibly in the adult horse. This is good evidence of medium-term plasticity of the whole hoof shape, as a result of variation in its use. Slow changes in hoof shape occur under any consistent change in the horse's movement pattern and under a wide variety of pathological conditions. They ca...n be seen now as a clear example of a complex adaptive system, a frequent feature of living beings and structures.

Self-adapting capabilities of the hooves show their maximal effectiveness in wild equids (but domesticated horses show this too, to a lesser extent), as shown by the perfect soundness of feral horses, such as Mustangs, in a wide variety of environments.

Hoof changes in the long term

Equid hooves are the result of the 55-million-year evolution of the horse. Wild and domesticated Equus species share a very similar hoof shape and function. The present-day conformation of the hoof is a result of a progressive evolutionary loss of digits I, II, IV and V of the basal pentadactyl limb, with changes in bones, joints and hoof capsule. The resulting conformation allows a heavy, strong body to move with high speed on any ground, and most efficiently on open, hard, flat areas like prairies and deserts (i.e., 'cursorial specialisation').
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