Thought, fact and quote for the day 11/9/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 11/9/12

Quote 4the day: Take each day, learn from each day, hold on to what you learnt and take it a step further the next day and so on. If you do you'll have the best friend ever who apreciates you learn for them...
Fact 4the day: A feral horse is a free-roaming horse of domesticated ancestry. As such, a feral horse is not a wild animal in the sense of an animal without domesticated ancestors. However, some populations of feral horses are managed as wildlife, and these horses often are popularly called "wild" horses. Feral horses are descended from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately r...eleased into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. Away from humans, over time, these animals' patterns of behavior revert to behavior more closely resembling that of wild horses. Some horses that live in a feral condition but may be occasionally handled or managed by humans, particularly if privately owned, are referred to as "semi-feral."

Feral horses live in groups called a band, herd, harem, or mob. Feral horse herds, like those of wild horses, are usually made up of small bands led by a dominant mare, containing additional mares, their foals, and immature horses of both sexes. There is usually one herd stallion, though occasionally a few less-dominant males may remain with the group. Horse "herds" in the wild are best described as groups of several small bands who share a common territory. Bands are usually on the small side, as few as three to five animals, but sometimes over a dozen. The makeup of bands shifts over time as young animals are driven out of the band they were born into and join other bands, or as young stallions challenge older males for dominance. However, in a given closed ecosystem such as the isolated refuges in which most feral horses live today, to maintain genetic diversity the minimum size for a sustainable free-roaming horse or burro population is 150-200 animals.
Thought 4the day: I have met most breeds, types, names characters you name it. Everyone sticks in my heart, mind and brain waiting for the light bulb moment as to why they are here, what they need, who they need and why. Everyone has a different reason, different request as to what they would like in a person who takes them on. Some simply want a quiet life where they can just be herd member and relax and be free. We try to match the horses to people if they have many 'issues' as some call it. I prefer to call it requirements after all we all have a different need and they are no different...
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