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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

Horse Facts

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.

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Horseback Riding  Lessons?

Usually when your child gets started  at the barn she is riding at she looks for more ways to be involved.

Please don’t deny horseback riding lessons to your child  because of price. I can’t think of anything that doesn’t cost money when it comes to the further enrichment, education or development of your child.

Horseback riding lessons

Farms Always Need Help Brushing Horses

One thing that you will soon notice, at whatever barn you are in, is that people seem to be working all the time.

In over 25 years I have rarely spent time outside when I haven’t asked someone to pick something up or help out in some way.

How do I Ask? 

I’ve had many people ask me about working off their fees. One thing I let them know right up front is that we make a living on charging for lessons.

That being said generally people who ask will be put on a list. Not much at a horse farm is a sit down job, and generally we are looking for self starters.

Little Giant Farm Dura Fork

Little Giant Farm Dura Fork

Our opinion has always been that if we need to watch you do your job we can do it ourselves.

We don’t mind -explaining or having you follow along so you can see what the job entails.

Don’t expect to be constantly reminded.

The three most important rules that you have to remember are communicate, communicate, communicate.

Be Clear 

If you need a day off or you don’t feel well let the barn owner know. Make sure your duties are clear.

Straighten out the compensation immediately. It’s important that everything is spelled out.  Over the years I’ve witnessed this activity turn quickly into a mess.

We Aren’t a Daycare

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Purchase a Few Brushes To Get Started

Please don’t expect us to be babysitters.

We love having little ones around.

If they are under 10 years old supervision is required and needs to be paid for.

If you are serious, and are able contribute, you should have little trouble getting work to help you afford horseback riding lessons.

 

 

 

Jonny + Jane West

Horse Games for Girls

Horse games for girls are easy to find. It is obviously a much sought after commodity.

 Horse Games for Girls

Which style interests you?

I searched on Amazon and quickly found that they offer a wide variety of horse games for girls of all ages.  I am not sure what you’re looking for.

Weather it’s electronics, dolls or a board game, let me share some ideas, experiences and thoughts that I have.

When I was a kid I had Johnny West and Thunderbolt.

Horse Games for Girls

Johnny + Jane West

My cousin Tilly and I would play for hours in the back yard.

I was the youngest of six, properly spoiled and pretty much always got what I wanted.

Of course that was back in 1965 and things have changed a little bit since then.

Now the action figures you will find include Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, Breyer Let’s Go Riding Western among others.

Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper

Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper

If board games are what you were looking for, then please check out  Fantasy Stables: Regular Edition Board Game

I enjoyed the fact that they had a lot of customer reviews. After reading them I noticed that bad reviews were quickly responded to by the manufacturer’s representative.
4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

Below in orange I’ve included the companies comments on what age is appropriate to play this game.

Fantasy Horse Stables

Fantasy Horse Stables

We usually recommend the game for ages 13+. We’ve definitely sold the game to younger kids on occasion (and heard later that they absolutely love it) but it’s usually a super horsey kid that rides/shows or plays a lot of other adult board games. We have a Junior Edition of the game that’s perfect for younger kids and pre-teens and is also fun for parents/older siblings to play with them as well. Usually if people are on the fence about which version is the right choice (Junior vs Regular) we always recommend the Junior.

I hope that I have helped you along your way. Remember that electronic and board games are usually played indoors.

They also make a good rainy day or night time endeavor, alone or with friends.