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post #11 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 10:07 AM
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Don't have anything to add, I'm a beginner with horses myself, just wanted to say that this is a great thread .
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post #12 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 12:14 PM
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Best horse tip I was ever given:
Don't on your life feed a horse mowed grass!
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post #13 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 12:33 PM
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Horses are Prey animals. They will leave food for safety, unlike dogs, who will leave safety for food. A horse will scan the world for potential threats about every 20 seconds or so. You are either a threat, a leader or scenery. you chose.
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post #14 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 01:59 PM
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Horse owners should know a horse's normal temperature and how to take it. Invest in a horse thermometer. If you suspect colic, have a wound that looks infected, a swollen leg or anything that looks suspicious, it is good to take your horse's temperature. A vet will appreciate knowing in advance if your horse's temperature is elevated and if your horse's other vital signs are abnormal.

This link from The Horse talks about a horse's vital signs.

Normal Horse Vitals Signs and Health Indicators |

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post #15 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 02:03 PM
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Horses are a lot smarter than you think.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 05:50 PM
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- horses are smarter than you think and you are dumber than you think.

- All horses can hurt you, some will choose not to, others will choose to.

-Sometimes horse come with their own baggage, more often they take on the baggage of the person working with them.
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-13-2013, 08:12 PM
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1. Horses are horses, not people or dogs. Don't apply human emotions to horse behaviour, evaluate the situation based on what their behaviours are, rather than what they mean to us.

2. Everything with horses is pressure and release. This both fixes and causes problems. By thinking in terms of pressure and release you can breakdown and solve most problems.
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post #18 of 31 Old 08-14-2013, 11:15 AM
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There is no such thing as a free horse. Purchasing a horse is the least expensive part of caring or one (usually).

If you can not afford routine and emergency vet care for a horse please do not get one until you can.
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post #19 of 31 Old 08-14-2013, 11:35 AM
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Some of the time horses are a lot smarter than you give them credit for, the rest of the time they are more stupid than you ever expected them to be
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-15-2013, 12:01 AM
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What works for one horse does not always work for a different one.

And then one about horse people:

You can ask 20 horsemen/women the same question and get 20 different answers.

When a person starts asking me questions I always tell them that saying. Then I tell them it doesn't mean 1 is the right answer and the other 19 are wrong. Listen to them all, pick out the one that makes the most sense to you and the easiest and try it. Remember the other 19 and if the first one you try doesn't work pick out your next favorite on the list.

This pretty much goes along with the "all horses are different". Any advice I give is what works for me and my horses. Doesn't mean it will work for you or on your horse.
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