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Facts About Horses will Help to Keep You Safe

Facts About Horses

Facts about horses are being presented here to provide you with information to help keep you safe as well as educate.

When you get on a horse wear a helmet.

If you go to a horse show and you observe a horse with a red ribbon tied in its tail, admire it from afar. It is placed there as a warning that this horse kicks.Horse Facts

I’ve included a photo showing different colored ribbons and their meanings.

All horses will kick, bite or defend themselves in some way when threatened or surprised. Always keep this in mind when approaching any horse.

Safety First…Learn to Speak Horse

Introduce yourself slowly, calmly and make sure that they know you are coming.

Horses aren’t able to talk so you need to learn how they communicate. Their faces will tell you a lot.

Watch for flaring nostrils or gritting teath. When you see that they may be telling you to stay away.

Read my post about horse ears to gain more useful facts about horses. Each ear has 16 muscles in them. They are able to rotate them 180°.

It is a huge way that they communicate with each other. You can read and learn all about that here.

Facts About Horses Eyes

The horse’s eyes are on the side of their head. This lets them see almost 360 degrees without moving their head. Allowing them to watch in all directions for predators or danger coming.

This placement also gives them two blind spots. One directly in front of them and the other is directly behind them.

Horses Eat Often and Alot

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Horse Grazing

The first thing I remember, when I saw a horse, was how big they are. I learned that their stomachs are relatively small by comparison. Because of this they need to eat all the time, only in small amounts.

That is why they want to eat all day. When you see a horse out in the field notice that he doesn’t pick his head up too much, because he is eating grass a little at a time.

Horses Are Social Animals

It’s important that you don’t leave them alone. You don’t want them to be lonely.  If you are not able to get them another horse for a friend consider a goat.

More Facts About Horses You Should Know

Horses raised domestically are expected to live around 25 years.  We recently buried a horse at our farm that was 35 years old. Maynard was a good boy.

I bought Maynard when he was 15, according to the tattoo he received at the race track. 20 years later he was loving life and showing beginner riders how it’s done.

Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up. Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.

Horses Have Emotions

Horse FactsThey have smaller brains then humans. It’s said because of that and the fact they don’t have as many “folds” in their brain they can’t reason out why the emotions they have occur.

Horses remember things very well. If you have spent a long time with the same horse they will remember you.

They will also mourn the passing of you or a close companion.

Horse Treats

Horse Treats You Should Know

Horse Treats

Horse treats are something I witness either being given or asked about almost every day at my horse farm.

When they are new customers or arrivals at my farm I will let them know they should not feed their fingers to the horses ( l know I think I’m funny).

Make sure that you ask before you start giving horse treats to horses that you are unfamiliar with.

Don’t Run Out of Horse Treats

The horses at my farm are very familiar with getting treats. We make sure they are all very spoiled.

When people ask me what they like the best I tell them they should bring bags of baby carrots.Horse Treats

The reason is that once you start giving treats all of the horses will stick there head out and expect to receive some of what ever you have.

Therefore you do not want to run out.

Best Horse Treats for Help with Feeding Supplements

Getting horses to eat can sometimes be more complicated than it needs to be.

Actually they’re pretty happy with their grain and will generally gobble that up.

It’s when you start adding medicine or supplements that it can be a challenge to getHorse Treats them to eat.

I enjoy watching Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins sing “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”

That treat always worked for me, as well as most humans, but when it comes to horses why not try fenugreek?

Fenugreek May Be the Key to Feeding Finicky Horses

Horse Treats While surfing the web looking for new information that I can share with you I came across two studies that I found very eye opening.

One test was in 2008 and the other was in 2017. Although the tests probably wouldn’t be FDA approved they found that horses preferred fenugreek.

A simple spice that you can obtain at any supermarket.

I Tried But My Horse Doesn’t Want Fenugreek as Part of Their Horse Treats

That’s okay.  As I have said they didn’t use more than 15 horses In either study. Your horse could definitely be one that prefers a different taste or none at all.

The one study found that of the 15 flavors tested 12 flavors were universally accepted: apple, banana, carrot, cherry, cumin, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, oregano, peppermint, and rosemary turmeric.

Then they tested To see which of 12 flavors they would eat up the fastest.

The horses’ top-ranked flavors were:

  1. Fenugreek
  2. Banana
  3. Cherry
  4. Rosemary
  5. Cumin
  6. Carrot
  7. Peppermint
  8. Oregano
Insight into Horse Treats

I hope you will find some ideas that you can try on your favorite horse or horses   Their research on this really surprised me.

I learned some new flavors to try for horse treats.

Horse Terms

Horse Terms

Horse terms are something you should learn. Not all of them, but at least familiarize yourself with the basic words you hear every day at a horse farm.

Horse Terms

Lunging a Horse

Mare, Gaits, Tack, Stallion, Sound, Lunge, Filly, Foal, Pony. These are some of the terms you may hear. It’s important for you to learn the basic nomenclature of the sport that you are about to begin.

When you first show up on the farm it may seem like they are speaking in a foreign language.

Don’t let this intimidate you, or be afraid to ask any questions on some words or terms that you may not understand.

Every sport has their own language and horseback riding is not any different.

A gelding is a male horse that has been castrated. A stud still has all his parts. A mare is a female horse.

Always be careful around any horse but I recommend you do not spend time alone with any studs in the beginning.

Baby horses have their own list of names. A filly is a female baby, a colt is a male baby.

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Foal Watercolors

A foal is a baby horse, and can be male or female. They are all usually under one years old.

A pony is a term used for a small horse. There are many different varieties of ponies. Even though they are smaller than horses  they are full grown and can live for over 50 years.

Gaits

Gaits is another term you will be subjected to. At a horse farm they’re referring to the manner in which a horse is moving.

Some gaits that horses will use are walking, trotting, cantering to name a few.

Tack

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Horse Tack

Tack is the equipment that is used when you ride.  The saddle, bridle and girth are all considered part of the horses tack.

Breeds

There are over 350 horse breeds in the world today. Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Morgan and Paint are just a few of the names you will probably hear.

Get Inspired

This list of terms will help you to begin to understand what you are hearing at a horse farm. I hope this post will educate and inspire you to learn more horse terms.