Saturday, May 14, 2016

Your horse can read your emotions

Filed under "Stuff horse people already knew," comes this study:

Horses can recognise human emotion, new study shows

The scientists report in the journal Biology Letters that they made high quality, large size colour prints of the same male human smiling and baring his teeth, and frowning and baring his teeth: expressions of positive and negative emotions from a stranger. Volunteers – who did not themselves know what the photograph revealed – showed them to 28 horses from five riding or livery stables in Sussex and Surrey. And the horses could tell the difference.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Old horses deserve love, too

You know the kind of horse I mean: The old ones that are left at the barn, forgotten, because their owners are no longer interested now that they can't do what they used to.  Or maybe the ones that you see listed on Craigslist, being given away as "companion horses" because they're old or lame or otherwise unrideable.

A barn in Florida has come up with a great solution for these old, ignored horses: horse-crazy little girls.

Young riders adopt aging horses
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Friday, May 6, 2016

"I love you." -Your horse

Happy Friday!  Today I just wanted to share a super-sweet post about the ways a horse shows love.

Every horse owner knows that horses can be affectionate with the people they see every day.  Not every horse shows it the same way, though.  Rondo has always been scent-oriented (he likes to smell me and my breath, and same with his leaser, H.) and snuggly with his nose and head.  I also taught him to "give kisses" and put his muzzle on your face when asked for a kiss, which he seems to enjoy doing.

Panama, on the other hand, tends to be too hyper to stand still and be snuggled, but is super vocal -- he nickers at me when I approach, whinnies to me to demand that I get him out of the corral and spend some time with him, and is always waiting at the gate if he thinks there is even a remote chance that I'm going to get him out.  He'll snuggle with me if I insist, but he's not a big fan of it, being a little head shy.

What about you?  How do your horses show their affection with you?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Warming up

After yet another storm, in which it rained and snowed for days but nothing ever accumulated, it seems like the weather is finally warming up again.  I spent yesterday in a tank top at the barn (and got a little toasted, too).

The plan is to take advantage of the weather, and start spending more time with my horses, especially riding time.  Panama needs regular riding, and I need to start riding Rondo more often too, so that he doesn't totally forget how to work with me.

I didn't ride yesterday, but I did turn both of my horses out together.  They were both feeling pretty saucy, and I got a lot of great pictures of them running and playing.
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