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  • Equine science fair projects year 2

 
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    10-01-2008, 04:24 PM
  #11
Trained
There are some really good websites about a horse's field of vision. I think that the vision of a horse would make a great science project. Especially since what a horse sees isn't transferred to the other side of it's body.

The charts could be very colorful, You can put pictures of up close horse eyes.

I'm trying to picture the finished product and what not. Are you going to use the tri-folded cardboard thingys for your project? I think that you could find some really neat info on this and it would be fairly simple yet really informative since a lot of people don't understand how a horse sees things.
     
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    10-01-2008, 05:08 PM
  #12
Weanling
You said something with training....thast a tough one I don't know lol maybe something with the different ways horses react to people movements like if one movement means something offensive to them and another doesnt not sure if that made sense but yea lol

The heart rate actually sounds really cool lol
     
    10-01-2008, 06:21 PM
  #13
Trained
The first thing I thought of when I read your first thing is maybe something about how much bigger their lungs are than ours..like how much air they can hold. Not sure how you'd do it exactly but that seemed kinda cool to me..like you could measure it at different gates - like the heart rate thing.. but then after reading the rest I'm not so sure this is the direction you want to go in. Otherwise...maybe how long it takes to teach a horse certain things. Maybe try and teach him a few different things working on each for 10 minutes at a time and see which one takes the longest to teach.
OR see what works better for teaching the horse..treats as rewards vs release of pressure/praising as a reward...
     
    10-01-2008, 06:36 PM
  #14
Green Broke
A girl I boarded with once did a 30 or 60 day study to see which supplement made a horse's coat shinier, corn oil, flax oil, rice bran, or one of the "coat supplements" you can buy. She took before pictures and then pictures every week. She bathed each horse with the same shampoo before each photo, and each horse was the same color and about the same kind of coat. It was actually pretty interesting! The Flax Oil worked the best in her "study".
     
    10-01-2008, 06:39 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by amightytarzan5
I like these ideas y'all! Do you think that measuring the heart rate of a horse and a pony at the different gaits would be cool? It was just something I came up with after seeing a picture.
You could do that to measure a horse's fitness level. Hypothesize that a horse that had a lower body condition score (and you could bring the Heneke scale into it) will have a lower heart rate and a quicker recover than a horse with a higher score. You would need to do the same exercise for each horse, and use at least 4 horses in your test. In the results, include the whole horse profile including age, height, weight, breed, condition score, diet, and normal activity level.
     
    10-02-2008, 11:49 PM
  #16
Foal
I once did a science project about how dirty a horses mouth is. All I did was swab a horse kept at pasture, a horse kept in the barn, and me as a control, then made knox gelatin and swabbed it. Kept it in a dark place and counted bacteria colonies every week.
     
    10-04-2008, 01:21 AM
  #17
Weanling
Thanks for all your ideas guys! I have decided. Actually, there are 3 that I'm contemplating.

1. The difference between a horse and pony's heart rate

2. Can horses distinguish color?

And

3. Which form of praise best motivates a horse to learn: food or love?

Y'all can tell me which one sounds the best. If you want to tell me something to tweak the experiment slightly, that's cool, but I'd like to choose between these three.
     
    10-04-2008, 01:22 AM
  #18
Weanling
Thanks for all your ideas guys! I have decided. Actually, there are 3 that I'm contemplating.

1. The difference between a horse and pony's heart rate

2. Can horses distinguish color?

And

3. Which form of praise best motivates a horse to learn: food or love?

Y'all can tell me which one sounds the best. If you want to tell me something to tweak the experiment slightly, that's cool, but I'd like to choose between these three.
     
    10-04-2008, 08:31 AM
  #19
Yearling
Number one, absolutely, if you make your conclusion more than just 'horses have faster heartbeats'. You have to think about why and offer explanations and interpretations.

The second one is difficult to actually set up in any kind of reliable fashion and the third one would just have an evaluation made up of 'results are unreliable because ...'
     
    10-04-2008, 11:55 AM
  #20
Weanling
With all due respect, I'm not trying to make some huge scientific discovery here. I'm just trying to get a good grade. :)

I also have another idea: Does breed affect a horse's capacity to learn? Or something like that.
     

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