Everything Equine

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A tall chestnut horse

makes its way across a nearby field.  With flaxen feathers and a mane and tail to match, you can see even from a distance that this is a powerful, if not lazy animal.  His brass and leather halter has pulled to one side but he has a gentle look in his eye; a draft horse no doubt, known as the Jutland.

Bred in the country of  Denmark since the 1100 a.d., this breed is often thought to be one of the breeds crossed to form the Suffolk Punch.  They may stand a powerful 16 hands high on stocky, heavily feathered legs.  Their shining coats may be either chestnut (sometimes flaxen), black or bay.  Strong enough to carry a knight into battle, these horses are best suited to pulling wagons through the countryside.

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Bits and Facts   Secretariat01

A horse carries 65% of his weight on his forehand-that’s over half!

Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, entered the Kentucky Derby never having won a race- and won.

The most common kind of colic in horses is Spasmodic or Gas Colic.

The oldest currently living horse is 51 years old. 

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Also Known As…        DSC08632

Hyperkalamic Periodic Paralysis- a genetic disorder linked to the sire Impressive and most commonly seen in Quarter Horses- is sometimes called Potassium Induced Periodic Paralysis (PIPP) because it can be triggered by diets high in the mineral Potassium.

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A Wish

 

It was hardly a day ago

when with a pocket of treats

and a head full of hopes

I went to the fence

with hardly a sound

I held out my hand

to see apple turning brown

then over the hill,

the chestnut came

with tall white stockings

-far from plain

a white blazed nose took

a treat from my hand

a forelock that is hardly there-

just a strand

oh, would it be that this horse

would be mine

a long, arched neck and a tail

quite fine

Ride over fields sugar-coated in snow

to win a ribbon- tied with a bow

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Poisonous Plants to keep out of pastures

Day-Blooming Jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) was introduced to the US as an ornamental tree and is most common in California, Texas and Florida.

This dark green, glossy leafed plant grows up to 16 feet tall and has small clusters of trumpet-shaped fragrant white flowers which form into berries, which are black when ripe. Its toxin similar to the active metabolite in vitamin D.  Consumption of Jessamine  results in excess calcium intake, resulting in serious elastic tissue calcification and excessive bone formation.

Symptoms of ingestion include chronic weight loss, stiffness, lameness in all four limbs and lying down for long periods of time (much more than normal).  Lameness results due to calcified ligaments and tendons in the legs.  Recovery from ingestion of this plant is rare so keep horses away from it!  In general, if you see a plant or ornamental tree in your horse’s paddock, a good preventive measure is to check if it is toxic before allowing your horse access to the pasture.

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Did You Know…

Chestnuts (the horny growths on the insides of horses’ legs) are also called night eyes.  Chestnuts are unique to each horse- much like human fingerprints.

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From the miniature to the Percheron,

there are many different breeds in the world- Shires, Morabs, Danish Warmbloods, Walers, Haflingers, Holsteins (not the cow), Andalusians, Cleavland Bays, Gelderlands and many more.  Which is you favorite?  Have you ever  seen one for real?

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Clever Ponies

Over the gate

Across the floor

Around a tack trunk

Out the door

Undoing the latch

-it’s really thick

Scraping with a hoof

That did the trick

Kicking open the door-

Without getting smashed

There- in the middle

A pan of hot mash

Jump up on the floor

Little hooves flying

They got into the feed room

Without hardly trying!

Manes frosted with hay

Noses deep in the grain

These clever ponies

Will try this again!

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The Katie Award

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Katie from A New Path for Old Hooves has given Hooves and Claws a “Katie Blog Award!”  Thank you!  To pass this award on, I have nominated the following creative blogs:

http://sketchjay.wordpress.com

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You can visit Katie’s blog for directions or read them below.

 

 

Award Details:

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You must then give out the Katie Award to five creative blogs of your choice.  But Katie won’t be checking on you (she is too busy eating), so if you give it out to 1 or 6 or 25, that is OK.   Be sure to post in their comments to let them know they won and link to the award description in your post so they know they won and can pick up their prestigious award!

Equine Advice: Tobiano Pintos

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Gypsy, the Equine Encyclopedia, has something to say about tobiano pintos.  Like all shetlands, she is always watching, listening and learning. 

“Tobiano” is a term for spotted horses with a distinct color pattern.  Tobianos have largerounded spots and white legs.  The white patches can be paired with almost any color (most commonly bay, black, sorrel or palomino but can be other colors) and can cross the spine.

The genetic code for tobiano is T.

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Sorrel Tobiano.