Quote 4the day: Live life to the full, love your horse to the max, live and love together as one and be one soul reunited..
Fact 4the day: Equine coat colour genetics determine a horse's coat colour. There are many different coat colours possible, but all colours are produced by the action of only a few different genes. The simplest genetic default colour of all domesticated horses can be described as either "red" or "non-red", depending on whether a gene known as the "Extension" gene is present . When no other genes a...re active, a "red" horse is the colour popularly known as a chestnut. Black coat colour occurs when the Extension gene is present, but no other genes are acting on coat colour.The Agouti gene can be recognized only in "non-red" horses; it determines whether black colour is uniform, creating a black horse, or limited to the extremities of the body, creating a bay horse.
Chestnut, black, and bay are considered the three "base" colours that all remaining coat colour genes act upon. There are a number of dilution genes that lighten these three colours in a variety of ways, sometimes affecting skin and eyes as well as hair coat. Genes that affect the distribution of white and pigmented coat, skin and eye colour create patterns such as roan, pinto, leopard, white, and even white markings. Some of these patterns may be the result of a single gene, others may be influenced by multiple alleles, Finally the grey gene, which acts differently from other coat colour genes, slowly lightens any other hair coat colour to white over a period of years, without changing skin or eye colour.
Thought 4the day: I like to try to take my thoughts from what i experiance or see the day before. I was working with on one of the horses yesterday with the voice of a great man and his team in my head. We did a course at Jason Webbs Australian Horse Training on tuesday just gone and learnt alot about ground work before ridden work and if your horse is not respecting or listening to you whilst on ...the floor it will only escalate when ridden. I did listen! I tacked up dan and took him over to the schooling field and did the exercises we were shown and he ignored me so until he listened and did as i asked i did not get on as i could tell it would not be advisable. When he listened and did as asked which was not much just simple movements etc i then mounted and he was as good as gold walking and trotting around even doing the reverse circles we were shown! Yes i even remembered those :o) Always listen to the great teachers or how else can you become greater with your partnership? Everyone learns something new each day :o)