Have you ever driven through the countryside and watched the horses grazing in the pastures? This is something that many people enjoy doing. People enjoy seeing these beautiful animals in their habitat doing what they do best. Often times when people are driving by in their car; and see the horses they say to their passengers “look at those horses.” It is great to see them running and playing they seem like they don’t have a care in the world.
Hope and Horses Therapeutic horseback riding is extraordinarily beneficial for a rider of any age. History records people with disabilities riding horses as early as the days of the ancient Greeks. The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities in children around the world. No matter how long a horse has known a person, they have a unique way of communicating with a person and knowing how to work with them. Horseback riding can help assist people struggling with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain damage, visual impairments, autism, ADD, paralysis, down syndrome, stress disorders, and more.
What some people do not understand that these horses are loved so much. It doesn’t matter whether it is a barrel horse of rope horse. After they work, we pet them, give them treats, let them relax, and sometimes they get a massage or ice on their legs. Source A, “The Sport - the Life- of Rodeo” says, “Just like in basketball, there is a team. My team consists of my horses, my parents and everyone who helps me keep my horses working, including my vet ad my farrier, who shoes the horses,” (Pallesen).
Young horses will often have “training issues” under saddle which is normally caused by being stressed and not being mature enough to be under saddle (Geor 2). At the age of two, a horse cannot physically perform to its fullest potential, unlike a horse that is skeletally mature (“Conditioning Young Horses” 4). Even though a horse should not perform before the age of three there are many things a trainer can work on with a horse preparing him or her for being trained under
One Green Planet said, “The toe of the hoof is encouraged to grow while the heel is shaved down excessively. This “unbalanced foot” is then adjusted by forcing horses to wear built up pads, stacks, or weighted shoes made of leather, rubber, and plastic. In order to attach the heavy burdens, nails and other metallic items are hammered into the foot” (One Green Planet.org). Another form of getting this high-stepping gait is through soring. Soring is the practice of spreading acid, diesel fuel, and many more harmful substances onto a horse’s leg to irritate it.
Equine Assisted Therapy For decades, horses have been associated with knights in shining armor, and cowboys fighting the Indians on the great plains of the west. Horses have an outstanding ability to connect with people and naturally the humans will connect with the horse. Equine Assisted Therapy helps people with all different types of disabilities heal and overcome the everyday struggles they have in life. Many people ask the question what exactly is the science behind equine assisted therapy and Trinity Equestrian explains “it’s about neurology and bio-physics, and how our brain is constantly communicating and with our body.
Their good hearing comes from their pointed ears that can turn in almost any direction. This comes in handy because horses neigh to let others know that they’re around. Wild horses also have good smell. This helps them to smell faint odors. Because of this, you might see a wild horse sniffing the air.
It is fact of objective physiological data” (De Kunffy, 1993 p. 85). He goes on to explain for eight pages on how the horse must be ridden to be engaged and how just pulling on the bit counter acts everything a person
I know horses have given me a good work ethic, compassion, and respect. Horses have also created a great bond between my sister and I, as we go riding a ton and spend many hours playing with them. Working with horses has taught me great responsibility, as my mom made me deal with most of the
There has always been a tie to humans and horses, ever since humanity can remember. From a means of transport, to farm labour, we even road them into battles during wars. According to history therapeutic benefits of horses were recognized around the 1870’s in Europe. The goal of these residential equine therapy program is not about riding your horse, but taking care of it, forming an unbreakable bound between you and him, until maybe both of you get better.
In the case of re-homing horses, there is a very high possibility that the horse will bring a list of mental health issues. Many ex-race horses will be afraid to work certain muscles and for example, if their stifles are commonly pulled out of place from exercise, they will refuse to put pressure or work those muscles in fear of causing pain (HORSEPROBLEMS). This can also be called phantom pains (NARRIE, 2015). Issues that are mainly seen in thoroughbreds are wind sucking, pawing and separation anxiety (HORSEPROBLEMS). Standardbreds are more prone to social anxiety although they are more likely to be able to learn more efficiently than thoroughbreds
The 2013 Brakke survey revealed that 85 percent of respondents are recreational horse owners, compared with 86 percent in 2009. More noticeable, in 2013 30 percent of horse owners were participants in competitive horse events, a 6 percentage point decline from 2009. With so many people using and having horses for their recreational purposes, the amount of illness/disorders is overwhelming. One of the foremost disorders in equine is lameness. During this year's National Equine Health Survey, otherwise known as NEHS, 38 percent of horses were recorded as suffering from health problems and of these, a third-32.9 percent were categorized as lame.
Let’s say there is someone who likes to sing. When they sing, they sound okay. Then there is another who wants to sing, so they take singing lessons and when they sing, they sound pretty good. And then, there is a third who loves to sing and when they sing, they have the voice of angels; without ever having a lesson or voice training. That is the energy of the horse!”
There are many factors that should be considered when looking at a horse’s fitness regime and some will not work with every horse the regime should be adapted to suit the racehorse in training. When training a racehorse you train for strength, fitness, a healthy and happy horse, to educate the horse so they become confident, routine and an individual programme for each horse. Heart rate monitor Horse fitness can be measured using a heart rate monitor and knowing how long it takes for a horse to recover to normal heart rate after exercise. When using a heart rate monitor to see how fit the horse is becoming it is very important to keep records this will indicate over a period of time if the horse’s fitness regime needs to be changed.