Thought, fact and quote for the day 26/7/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 26/7/12

Thought 4the day: Family.. most people that really love their horse and pony even their dogs and cats call them family. The herds out the yard and even the ones that have gone on to new homes will always be part of our family. Horses in the wild look out for one another, protect each other and respect each other. I have seen things in my life where i have even said to myself that i wish they could take a leaf out of a horses book as their stands commitment and love beyond anything else when paired. Horses and ponies are true and honest and simply say it as it is why should they lie? Honesty as they say is the best policy so if your not listening and then get a short sharp shock ask yourself why?
Quote 4the day: Face the world with a smile and plod along as thats what our four legged friends do rain or shine :o)
Fact 4the day: The evolution of the horse pertains to the phylogenetic ancestry of the modern horse from the small, dog-sized, forest-dwelling Hyracotherium over geologic time scales. Paleozoologists have been able to piece together a more complete picture of the modern horse's evolutionary lineage than that of any other animal.

The horse belongs to an order known as Perissodactyla, or "odd-toed ungulates", which all share hooved feet and an odd number of toes on each foot, as well as mobile upper lips and a similar tooth structure. This means horses share a common ancestry with tapirs and rhinoceroses. The perissodactyls originally arose in the late Paleocene, less than 10 million years after the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. This group of animals appears to have been originally specialized for life in tropical forests, but whereas tapirs and, to some extent, rhinoceroses, retained their jungle specializations, modern horses are adapt...ed to life on drier land in the much-harsher climatic conditions of the steppes. Other species of Equus are adapted to a variety of intermediate conditions.

The early ancestors of the modern horse walked on several spread-out toes, an accommodation to life spent walking on the soft, moist grounds of primeval forests. As grass species began to appear and flourish, the equids' diets shifted from foliage to grasses, leading to larger and more durable teeth. At the same time, as the steppes began to appear, the horse's predecessors needed to be capable of greater speeds to outrun predators. This was attained through the lengthening of limbs and the lifting of some toes from the ground in such a way that the weight of the body was gradually placed on one of the longest toes, the third
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