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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Are horses and ponies the same?

  • Horses and ponies are in the same animal group, but ponies are a lot smaller and are generally only considered a pony if they are less then 14.2 hands (148 centimetres) tall measured at the withers.

What is the difference between pegasus and a unicorn?

  • Well firstly both of these breeds are mythical horses and do not exist. Secondly unicorn are born with a horn and no wings. So that means that pegasus is the one with the wings.

How old can horses get?

  • Horses usually live to about 30 years old. But an old English horse by name of Billy lived to the age of 62 years old.

When can a foal start to walk?

  • Foals can walk a few hours after being born.

What is a rodeo?

  • A rodeo is a show or a contest where riders (known as cowboys) display their riding skills. Events include: riding wild horses, bulls, roping cows using a lasso. barrel racing ect.

How do you tell the age of your horse?

  • Vets can tell the age of your horse, by looking at their teeth. As the horse gets older their teeth start to change shape.

What is the different between a hot-blood and a cold-blood?

  • Hot-bloods are one of the three types of horses. They are often used for racing because they are fast. Cold-blood horses are very strong and very heavy horses. Warm-bloods are bred by crossing a hot-blood and a cold-blood together.

Why do horse wear horse-shoes?

  • Horses wear shoes to protect their hooves. If you ride a horse on a hard surface without shoes their hooves can get worn down.

PARTS OF AN ENGLISH SADDLE

 

UntitledThe Saddle is a seat made from leather, used for riding horses. It is held in place by the girth. The saddle is a riding equipment, like the bridle. They are called tack and are stored in a tack room.

A: Seat The part of the saddle where the rider sits, it is usually lower than the pommel and cantle.

B: Cantle Is the back of the saddle.

C: Stirrup Irons part of the saddle in which the rider’s feet go. it provides support leverage and control.   

D: Stirrup Leather connects the stirrup iron to the saddle

E: Saddle Flap Extra padding for the riders legs to grip onto.

F: Pommel is the front part. It is slightly raised to cup around the horses wither.

G: panels Cushioning on the underside of the saddle.

H: Skirt:  Used to cover the stirrup leathers to prevent pinching to the rider.

I: Twist: Is were all the parts join.

 

SNAKE BITE

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:  Most snake bites occur on or around the muzzle because they are inflicted while grazing in the grass. They can also be located on the legs. The area where the snake bite is located will immediately start to swell, but you should still be able to identify the fang bits. Intensive pain reaction, shock  and weakness may apply to your horse because of the venomous bite. If the snake bite is on the muzzle, the swelling can become bad enough to block the nostrils/airways.

WHAT TO DO: [not in this order]  If your horse is bitten on a trail or while you are out riding, it is important to calm the horse down as quickly as possible. Due to the heart rate being up, the venom will spread faster. Try to move your horse away from the snake to prevent another bite. If the horse is bitten on a lower limb, then apply pressure above the bite to reduce the spread of the poisonous venom. Most people have a normal garden hose in their backyards, this can be inserted into the horse’s nostrils to prevent the airways completely blocking up due to the swelling. [But you should find an experienced horse person, if you have not done this before]. Walk your horse slowly to a yard. DO NOT apply hot or cold compresses to the wound or try to suck the poison out, because that could make the situation worse.You should call the vet as soon as possible.

FACTS: 

  • Snakes are very sensitive, they can feel vibrations and usually feel us before we see them.
  • Sometimes snakes give off a warning shot before they inject the venom.
  • The type of snake that can threaten you and your horse depends on your location.
  • Learn the different snake types and if they are venomous or non-venomous.

 

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BRIDLE PARTS

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The Bridle is a form of headgear used to control a horse,The bridle consists of buckled  straps, which the bit and reins are attached to.

A: Brow-band The brow-band holds the throat-latch in place and stops the crown from sliding behind the poll and onto the upper neck.

B: Reins The reins are attached to the bit. They connect the rider to the horse.

C: Bit  The bit can also be known as the bar. It goes into the horse’s mouth and it presses on the tongue. But some bits can put pressure on the roof of the horses mouth.

D: Throat-latch  The throat-latch starts at the crown piece on the right side, then goes under the horse’s throat and connects to the left ear on the crown piece.

E: Nose-band The nose band goes around the hors’s whole nose. It can be used to keep the horse’s mouth closed off to add other bridle attachments.

F: Crown The crown is the strap that holds all the other parts of the bridle together. It goes over the horse’s head and sits just behind the horse’s ears.

Cheek piece  Two cheek pieces connect to either side of the crown piece and run down the side of the horse’s face. connecting to the bit rings  and nose band.