Thought 4the day: If we give what we expect to recieve then surely you should recieve what you expect? Not always. From personal experiance over many years sometimes after what horses and ponies have been through you can give and give but it takes them a while to trust... to believe but patiance, perstistance and plenty of time will always help them turn that corner. See the light is there at the end of the tunnel. What if they were perfect when they came to you and something changes? Ask yourself has anything changed around you? The yard? Things will always make themselves known. Just listen and all will be revealed....
Fact 4the day: The ergot is a small callosity on the underside of the fetlock of a horse or other equine. Some equines have them on all four fetlocks; others have few or no detectable ergots. In horses, the ergot varies from very small to the size of a pea or bean, larger ergots occurring in horses with "feather" - long hairs on the lower legs. In some other equines, the ergot can be as much as 1.5 inches in diameter.
Ergot comes from the French word for rooster's spur.
Like the chestnut, the ergot is thought to be a vestige of some part of the ancestral foot of the multi-toed Equidae, the ergot corresponding to the sole pad of other extant members of Perissodactyla, such as the tapir and rhinoceros. Unlike the chestnut, which in the same individual may be large on the forelegs and smaller or even absent on the hindlegs, the ergot is of roughly equal size on all four legs.
Quote 4the day: Horses are friends, companions, confidence givers, children and always there yet if you do not give them simple respect why should they be anything to you??