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    12-15-2009, 03:04 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone has any weird things they've herd that they want to share. Like horsey folk lore and what not.


I've herd you should not house pigs with horses, because pigs are meat eaters and horses sometimes freak out.

You can tell a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin.

Cribbing and weaving are learned behaviors.
     
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    12-15-2009, 04:04 PM
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Trained
The part about the skin is true. You can do it on a lot of animals, but horses it is really easy to see the results. Well hydrated skin will snap back quickly. You should also test for capillary refill time, etc.

I believe Cribbing and Weaving are learned. They result from boredom. Not sure how much FACT this is though.
     
    12-15-2009, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by sillybunny11486    
I was just wondering if anyone has any weird things they've herd that they want to share. Like horsey folk lore and what not.


I've herd you should not house pigs with horses, because pigs are meat eaters and horses sometimes freak out.

You can tell a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin.

Cribbing and weaving are learned behaviors.

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Depend on what you mean by learned. Horses don't learn t crib from other cribbers, but they do "learn" the beahviors when bored and understimulated
     
    12-15-2009, 07:34 PM
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Yearling
Most grey horses are stalled most of their life, due to increased risks of cancer, sunburn etc from hot weather
( heard this from a friend, but grey horses, usually have black skin,not pink skin. So I don't believe that this is true,it is cruel)
     
    12-15-2009, 07:44 PM
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Trained
My greys have always been pasture kept...
They do have a higher risk for melanomas though
     
    12-15-2009, 07:48 PM
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Weanling
The skin works on most animals including humans, dogs, cats, or horses.
     
    12-16-2009, 10:17 AM
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I keep a fly sheet or sunscreen on my tricolor mare (mostly white) in the summer, she's out 24/7 though.

Any one hear of using antioxidents to help prevent free radical damage to try and ward of cancer, tumors ect in lighter colored horses?
     
    12-16-2009, 02:22 PM
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I was told that white hooves are weaker/more brittle than black hooves, but I don't think that's true.

I also heard that horses have an inborn fear of tigers, snakes, and pigs.
     
    12-16-2009, 02:35 PM
  #9
Foal
There's a saying about white hoofed horses:

One white foot—buy him.
Two white feet—try him.
Three white feet—look well about him.
Four white feet—go without him.

Old wives tail about white hoofs not being as strong as black hoofs. But I t started somewhere. The only thing I can see being true is that white feet are more prone to mud fever.
     
    12-16-2009, 03:07 PM
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I thought mud fever was scratches, that has nothing to do with the hoof. I've actually had a horse with no socks get bad scatches. Like real bad, he had them for 5 years if he hadnt died he probably would have still had them. He would go on antibiotics for injuries and the scatches didnt seem to be effected by it.
     

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