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10 facts to get to know the horse better

Solitary or social animal? Sweet or fierce?

Let us find a horse which, until the democratization of wagons, has long been a great (if not the best) friend of mankind.

ORIGINS OF HOMECOMING 1. STILL CONTEST HOW

Archaeologists have hitherto been able to agree on when and where the first experiments of the home horse were performed. But traces of the protein of the human milk mare’s teeth were discovered about thirty BC. The relationship between people and horses is not new!

2. There is only animal with legs

A dog, a cat, and even an elephant have legs, not a horse: it has four legs. It is not known whether this attribute is of great respect to a horse because of its domestication, or because the anatomy of the leg is similar to that of a horse, and of a horse. Both thighs, knee, and foot in both. The horse also has a nose and a mouth, not a muzzle and bone.

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3. SOCIAL AND HIERARCHICAL

The horse is made to live in a crowd. The most dominant mare in the herd will drive the crowd with chattering teeth before the eyes of the dissidents, rattling their ears against the horse’s hair and, if necessary, kicking in their way. She is also among her most high acolytes in the hierarchy, who eat first and decide when other horses are available for lunch.

In their current estates, many emissaries are removed from their herds and go alone in the pasture. Some emissaries attempt to avoid this, but this must be done very easily with them on a daily basis.

4. SECRET NURSE

She knows the stench of her mare’s breeding season, but she doesn’t know exactly when the foal will be born. Gravity lasts about 11 months, but some mares will carry their baby for more than a year… To be viable, the chick spent at least 320 days in her mother’s womb. It should be noted that twin pregnancies rarely come to term and are frequently seasonal sources of complications.

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5. CHILD LANGUAGE BETTER UNDERSTAND

Last spring, French researchers published an article on Animal Cognition , saying that horses are more receptive to human requests when they sound different in a ringing tone, like in a child’s conversation. They did the tests in the example of 20 animals included, of whom 10 were called “babies” and another 10 in a normal way.

When experimenters strike horses with their fingers, they find that the animals that are boasting in infancy are gentler, are more focused on humans, and even attempt to scratch their backs (in nature, two horses scratch each other with their withering teeth).

6. earning respect

Each horse has talent. Some are meek and confident men, others, by nature, are timid and afraid of dealing with men. That said, even the most ferocious horse will be led by a human if he can teach his qualities either forwards, backwards, or sideways.

He held him running in a small enclosure, begging him to change direction or cross paths with his members repeatedly. We know that the horse is capable when he yawns, chews, licks his lips, or raises his foot at the end of the exercise (in a resting position with three limbs).

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7. Our vision is different

The horse cannot distinguish the red, but it sees blue, yellow, green and gray. Night looks so much better than us! His retina is horizontal, which allows him to have a very large field of vision. On the sides is a monocular vision, that is, it sees with one eye. The front side possesses binocular vision, but has no ends: the horse cannot see above the head or under the nose.

When a horse passes an obstacle, it does not see when it begins. Another blind spot: behind the tail. For this reason, a horse lying in a flock will meet his peers in order to see the potential of predators who attack them from behind. The erect horse always lifts up his head, and will turn to the point where he perceives threats.

8. Does he have a good memory?

Researchers from the University of Rennes in a scientific report published in 2019 said that the team’s behavioral expressions can affect memories associated with positive and negative interactions. By the zeal of the horses two men were joined together for seven days: the first offered daily food, and the other was not alimentary.

The researchers then asked each of them to read the sentences that were written in either tone. After a week, they played animal sounds. The voice of the individual, providing the correct food, should be placed on the horses rather (with eager ears). Hearing the voice of those who had brought unaccustomed food, they rejected the ears of the beast. Better then do we not run a horse?

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9. DREAM standing or lying?

Sleeping upright allows the horse to run quickly if the predator has pointed upwards. In this state the brain and muscles remain alert. The horse can sleep upright, because the pants block the knee, so that the legs can stay upright. If the horse feels safe, there is a chance of sleeping, with the head and legs lying under the body or lying on the ground.

10. DEVELOPMENT TIME

When a chick is born, its long bones are about 70% of its size and are about 90% of the year. The breast and pelvis will last about four years and the spine will take 5 to 7 years to become boned. The breaking in of many horses’ saddle begins in the third year of life, even if the animal grows.

In the training of a young horse the rider must watch: he himself must review the growth of his animal and adapt it to his work, so that it is always pleasant and painless.

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