Sunday, February 28, 2010

Horse talk: pricking ears

The picture above is an Arabian horse pricking its ears. Lots of horses prick their ears when they are alert or see something new. When a new horse comes, the horse will prick its ears and probably touch noses with the new horse. When a horse runs, it usually has its ears pricked, or spread apart, and the nostrils are flared to let in air so the horse can run faster and take in air while running. If a horse has its head high, and pricked ears, it's usually alert of something. Sometimes if your horse pricks its ears, it's because it is looking at something, if the horse pricks its ears and has its head back a little, it's a sign of fear.

horse talk: laid back ears or ears turned back

The picture above shows two horses. The horse on the left is not laying its ears flat down, but turning them back, which isn't usually a threat.
Horses sometimes lay their ears back, or just turn their ears back. Just turning their ears back means that your horse is listening to you or something else that's behind it or in the distance. However, if your horse lays its ears back flat down to its neck, that's a warning sign, the horse may kick or bite, so watch out! When a horse lays its ears back, it usually means that the horse feels angry or threatened by something such as you or another horse. Just turning the ears back means that your horse might be listening to something, or it might be feeling sleepy or bored. It's usually not a threat, but when the horse lays the ears back to his neck, stay away, or watch out!

fears many people have of horses

Many people often get scared of horses because horses are big, and sometimes mean or stubborn. Many people don't usually want to ride because they are afraid that if the horse gets spooked or frightened, it may rear or take off running and the person can't stop it, but that isn't always true. If you're riding a younger horse, such as a 3 year old, the younger horse might get scared easily, but it won't always take off running or rear. Sometimes it will jump a little bit when it gets scared of a sudden movement. It may also back up or prick its ears and try to investigate the thing that is frightening to it. All you have to do when a horse gets scared or upset is just to pat its neck and speak kindly to it and then just walk it around a little to get it calm and in control. Many people are often afraid to touch horses or to feed them. When going up to touch them, approach them from a place where they can see you. They have two blind spots, one is directly in front of their nose, and one is directly behind their tail. Don't pet the horse when coming there. Instead approach it from the side where it can clearly see you. Touch it softly without spooking it or frightening it. When people get to be afraid to feed their horse, it's because they're afraid that the horse may bite them or nip at them. You don't need to be afraid of this, because all you have to do to be safe is just to put her hand out flat and let the horse eat the carrot or oats out of your hand. If you fold your fingers down, looking like carrots, the horse may try to nip at them or bite them. Just remember, the horse doesn't pick up the carrots with its teeth, it picks them up with its lips and chews it.

things horses are scared of

Horses get scared a lot, many times they get scared of little things that look dangerous. For example, if you're leading a horse into the pasture or paddock, there might be a small sack blowing alongside the fence, this may frighten your horse a little. A horse can't see very well, so when it sees something moving such as a plastic bag or sack, it can't see the sack clearly, but it knows there is something moving and might consider it as a danger. Also, horses can sometimes be afraid of going into a new trailer. They will sniff the outside of the trailer first, then when they go in they will take very high steps and hold their head up very high. When they have walked inside the trailer, they may take a long sniff at everything inside. They might walk back out again to investigate any things they didn't see before. Then they may walk back in. This is because they aren't sure if they want to go inside, or stay outside to sniff the trailer. They may also be scared of going on trail rides with you and other strange horses. They may touch noses with a horse they've never seen before. Sometimes if your horse feels scared or threatened because of another horse, your horse might bite or kick at the horse it feels threatened by. To avoid your horse kicking another person's horse, try to keep your horse in front, away from the other one. If you can't do that, keep your horse behind all the others so that there is no trouble with your horse.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

shy horses

Horses are often very shy around people they've never seen, and sometimes other horses. Sometimes your horse will be shy of something in the distance that it's alert of or afraid of such as a plastic bag blowing along a fence or sometimes a dog or bird. You can see when your horse is shy, the horse usually stands back from whatever it's shy of, it holds its head very high, and has pricked ears. It might try to investigate this new thing that it sees, which often involves nipping and sometimes if the horse gets scared or doesn't like what it sees, it will kick and maybe rear. When this happens, you'll need to calm your horse by patting him gently on the neck and walking him around in a circle to calm him down.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fantasy horses: Pegasus

The Pegasus. The Pegasus (Peg-as-is-) is an ancient myth of a horse. Indians and many people long ago believed there was a beautiful horse with wings called, "Pegasus." It was usually white, and they told stories of how it flew all over the world. They said it lived up in the clouds, and brought beauty and grace to the earth. They said it was wild, and no one could tame it. Many people drew and painted Pegasuses on cave walls. They drew people trying to ride Pegasus, too.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Horse festival Have you heard about the horse festival in Fayetteville that is AMAZING!! You should see it, It's April 9-10. You can visit the website, (above) and see what it looks like and stuff. Children 12 and under are free, and adults are only $5 dollars. Everyone is free on Saturday. I watched the video and LOVED it. It shows you all sorts of breeds.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Silver Stallion

The Silver Stallion. This is known to be a very old movie, but still, it's thrilling to watch. First of all, a brumby, is a wild horse. This horse that is in the movie is a palomino with a silver mane and tail and a golden coat. It's said that this horse was the wildest in the world, and greater than all the wild horses. I have this movie, it's the one I got for Christmas. I think it's a great movie, and the music is quite thrilling.

informationon the Percheron horse

The picture above is a beautiful Percheron horse. These horses are some of the most beautiful horses in the world. They are large draft horses. They have long big legs built to work with. They have a beautiful curved neck with a small face and pricked ears, their manes and tails are wavy and curly. These powerful but very gentle giants are built to work. They are good at pulling carts and carriages with lot's of things and people. They're also good at being in parades and make great riding horses.

information on the appaloosa horse

The picture above is an appaloosa horse. These horses are some of the best for western shows and rodeos, but they can do much more than just that. They can jump, and are good for trail riding, they make good dressage mounts, and they are great for pleasure riding. They usually have spots on their croup, (or on their rump.) Some are seen with a rare kind of thing of spots all over, including parts of the face, shoulders, and the legs. The picture above shows an appaloosa with spots on its croup, and a little bit on its shoulders. It's a dark brown color with a dark gray mane and tail. This is the usual coloring of an appaloosa.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My friend Flicka movie

The picture above is the movie cover of Flicka.
Have you ever heard of, "My friend Flicka?" I have. It's one of my favorite movies. It's a movie that the whole family will love. It's about a boy, and his filly, (a filly is a girl horse that isn't a mare.) The filly is a yearling, (or one year old.) Oh, by the way, "Flicka" is Swedish for little girl. I think its a pretty name. The movie has no bad words, and it's fun and exciting to watch. The second movie is also thrilling to see. It's about a white horse named Thunder Head. (He's is Flicka's son.)

Black Beauty

I love this movie. It's about a beautiful black horse named Black Beauty. Pretty, huh? It's one of the most "moving" horse stories in all Anna Sewell's books. It makes me kind of sad to hear about this horse's life. He's born one day, and then grown up and gone to do work the next. But no matter what, nothing can break this horse's good spirit. There's a book of this, too. I have it. The picture above is the cover of the movie.

Linda, Alisa, Clauda, all my "horsey" friends

I really want to meet people who own, or at least know about horses. Here are some friends. Linda, Alisa, and Claudia. Linda has two horses, one is a girl one is a boy. The boy's name is Page. The girl's name is Mindy. Pretty names, huh? Alisa's horses are Max, a half fresian named Max,and an Arabian named Chance. Claudia has three horses. A beautiful bay, named Rio, a paint, named Johnny Reb, and a beautiful little gray horse named Shilo. I hope to own a horse someday too. Even if I have to wait till I'm sixty years old!
These are Claudia's horses: