Thought 4the day: Time... Time is a healer. We have a horse here that when he came in you could not do anything with him. Not catch him, touch him, speak above a whisper without him literally jumping and running. His been with us sometime now and we have let him come around in his own time as we never like to rush any of them as thats when mistakes can happen. Now he can be caught, follows for fus...ses, leads anywhere, ties up, you can muck him out in the stable and even rake around his feet while he just ignores and carries on eating. As long as you talk to him you can touch him anywhere. He does have signs on his door saying do not pat as his not quite at that stage yet bless him but why pat just scratch. If he doesn't know you he can still be o guard but even this is now passing :o) As they say time is a healer. Don't rush things just watch, listen and learn while waiting for the right time at the right moment..
Fact 4the day: Ambling
The term amble or ambling is used to describe a number of four-beat intermediate gaits of horses. All are faster than a walk but usually slower than a canter or gallop. They are smoother for a rider than either the two-beat trot or pace and most can be sustained for relatively long periods of time, making them particularly desirable for trail riding and other tasks where a r...ider must spend long periods of time in the saddle.
Though there are differences in footfall patterns and speed, historically these gaits were once collectively referred to as the "amble." Today, especially in the United States, horses that are able to do an ambling gait are referred to as "gaited horses." Some breeds naturally perform these gaits from birth, others can be trained to do them. Some breeds have individuals who can both trot and amble.
The amble was particularly prized in Horses in the Middle Ages due to the need for people to travel long distances on poor roads. The Old High German term for a gaited horse was celtari (Modern German Zelter), cognate to Icelandic tölt. English amble is a 14th century loan from Old French, ultimately from Latin ambulare "to walk".
As roads improved and carriage travel became more common, followed later by railroads, riding horses that trotted became more popular in Europe; the dominant uses of riding horses came to include light cavalry, fox hunting and other types of rapid travel across country, but of more limited duration, where the gallop could be used. The amble was still prized in the Americas, particularly in the southern United States and in Latin America where plantation agriculture required riders to cover long distances every day to view fields and crops. Today, ambling or gaited horses are popular amongst casual riders who seek soft-gaited, comfortable horses for pleasure riding.
As a general rule, while ambling horses are able to canter, they usually are not known for speed, nor is it particularly easy for a horse to transition from an ambling gait into the canter or gallop. Thus, in history, where comfort for long hours in the saddle was important, ambling horses were preferred for smoothness, surefootedness and quiet disposition. However, when speed and quick action was of greater importance, horses that trotted were more suitable due to their speed and agility. When horses were used in warfare, particularly during the Middle Ages, it was not uncommon for a knight to ride an ambling horse to a battle site, then switch to a war horse for galloping into the actual battle.
Quote 4the day: Smile and the world smiles with you. Lean on your 4 legged friend and they lean with you. Hold them up when they need support and they will carry you..