HORSE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

While you are sipping hot choaclate unwrapping present playing outside decorating and bringing christmas spirit have you ever wondered what horses do around christmas?

You are cold with no coat on well so are horses they need blankets just as much as you do did you know if the blanket is not warn enogh then its better for the hosre to have no blanket at all beauseI n cold weather, the hair coat stands up to trap additional warm air close to the body. A blanket keeps the coat flat.

When its winter humans eat twice as much its a fact well horses do to they need extra hay to keep  them warm

Some horses have very warm coats and dont even need a blanket

A heavy winter hair coat is a horse’s first defense from the cold. When allowed to grow, a horse’s natural hair coat acts
as a tremendous insulator and provides as much warmth as the best blankets. Horses that are to be maintained outside should
be allowed to grow a long hair coat, plus the hair within the ears and around the fetlocks should not be clipped throughout the winter
months. Cold weather causes the hair to stand up, trapping and retaining body heat. Once the hair coat becomes wet, the hair lies
down and loses its insulating ability. A long fuzzy hair coat can be deceiving of a horse’s true body condition. The most accurate
assessment of body condition is done through feeling the condition over the horse’s ribs, plus visual inspection of overall condition.

  hoof care in the winter

Hoof care must be kept on schedule throughout the winter. Many horse owners prefer to “pull” shoes throughout this period of minimal riding.
Any horse to be maintained outdoors should have its shoes removed. Shod feet can become ice packed, increasing the chance for slipping
on snow and ice. Hooves should be routinely trimmed every six to eight weeks to prevent cracks and breakage. However, care should be taken
not to trim them too closely to prevent bruised, sore feet from the frozen ground. Laminitis (founder) can occur from trauma to the sole due to walking
on rough, frozen ground. Occasionally, if hooves are not maintained throughout the winter and allowed to break off, it may be difficult to have the horse
shod when spring comes


Caring for horses over the winter months can be a difficult task with cold weather, frozen water, and strong winds. However, the better horses are
maintained during the winter, the better condition they will be in once the weather warms and it is time to start riding again. No matter how difficult
the weather, providing feed, water and shelter for horses is critical.

 

 

YOU HAVE FUN IN THE WINTER WELL SO DO HORSES WATCH THIS FUN VIDEO SENT IN FROM NiaAmari77 THANKS

and dont forget the quiz!!

 

 

ta da heres a chat where you can talk to others who enjoy talking about horses

 

you want learn how to take care of your horses? well heres your chance

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                           This is a curry comb with it you rub your horse in a circular motion to loosen up extra hair and dirt

                           

                                      

                          this is called a dandy brush. with it, you brush your horse in the way their hair grows.

                                 

         

This is called a hoof pick. you use it to clean out  dirt and small rocks in your horse's hoof.

                                                    

this is a mane comb. while using it, you untangle the knots in your horses mane and tail       

this is a bottle of shampoo. with it you wash your horse's body, but you should only use it rarely such as before a horse show otherwise your horses hair and skin will get dried out and (s)he will get dandruff. and also contidtioner

 

this is a blanket; you put it on your horse when it gets cold outside.

This is called a halter. you put it on your horse when you want to catch it or tie it up.

these are called lead ropes. you use them by hooking them to your horses halter and leading them.

                                                                        

 

this is a leg rap; you put it on your horse to keep its ankles from running into each other and getting scrapes

 

This is a saddle. you put on your horse when you ride it to secure your-self when you ride.

                                                        

Bella sara has inspired us to love and adore horses but do we know enough about them?

Well heres your chance to learn all about horses!!!!!!!

to visit all kinds of horse breeds go on http://www.giveusahome.co.uk/horses/breeds.htm

there is about 267 breeds of horses and ponies in the world

 

baby horses

when the newborn foal is born it is able to stand up , the legs are bit wobbly but it will get the hang of it, horses are one of the few animals that at birth learn quickly.

Horses have one baby at a time and the baby horse stays 11 months in the mother's womb.

 

horse dictionary

When talking about mares and baby horses, it helps to understand a few basic terms.

Filly: female horse who is four years of age or younger is referred to as a filly
Mare: female horse that is five years or older

Both mares and fillies can have babies, but most responsible horse owners will wait until a horse is older before breeding her.

Foals: All baby horses, regardless of their gender
Colt: a male foal
Pony: is not a baby horse, but a horse that is under 14.2 hands of height
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Stallions

stallions are known as extremly powerful , beatiful and wild horses it captures your imagination!!

The stallion is known for a male horse who has been left intact.

 

mares

a mare is a female horse 5 years or older ,she is very gentle and easy to work with most riders perfer the mare.Many people find that mares are less stubborn by nature than geldings, and while this is by no means universal, quite a few experienced horsemen swear by that distinction. Of course, the mare is often difficult to work with when she is in heat, and she can sometimes be a bit unpredictable during that time. It is important for every horse owner to assess the personality of any horse they are considering to make sure the horse is a good match.

 

horse care

 

Food: pasture is the most natural food for a horse. Make sure your horse has enough grazing. A horse also needs other types of food, like hay. Make sure the hay is of good quality. Pasture and hay are the most important types of food, but sometimes your horse needs a little extra (pregnant horses, foals, recovering horses) like pellets, cubes, grains and mineral & vitamin supplements.

 

  Water: your horse needs plenty of fresh water. Healthy horses drink from 35 to 55 liters a day.

 

  A salt/mineral block

   Shelter: make sure your horse is protected from the elements. A horse needs shade, dry footing and protection from rain, wind and snow. Keep the stall clean!

 

  Hoof Care: it's important to keep your horse feet in good condition. For most horses, the horseshoe will last between 6 and 8 weeks, but competitive horses like roping horses and barrel racing horses may need more frequent shoeing. Keep your horse's hooves clean, pick them out regularly. If you find an object like a nail sticking in your horse's sole, don't pull it out yourself, call the vet.

 

  Fencing: check the fencing regularly for nails that are sticking out or boards that are missing. See to it that your horses can't get into contact with barbed wire.

 

  Hygiene: it's import to keep your horse's coat clean. Make sure to use a specialized shampoo that doesn't dissolve the oils in the coat that your horse needs for protection.

 

 

now you learned more about horses !!

now time to take a quiz

 

 

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