December 13th is the Day of The Horse! Our hooved pals have played an enormous role in the development and advancement of civilization. We may not use horses as much as we used to, but they still take up a huge space in our hearts and history. A Pickerington, OH vet turns the spotlight on our equine buddies below.
Did you know that horses can see almost 360 degrees? However, they do have a few blind spots, including the area directly behind them. That’s why it’s so dangerous to stand just behind a horse or approach them from behind. Silver may kick out defensively, just by instinct.
The bond between humans and horses is thousands of years old. While no one has an exact date, scientists estimate that we first domesticated horses sometime around 6000 BC. To this day, Silver remains a loyal and trustworthy companion. Talk about standing the test of time!
Bonding With Horses
Horses are truly fascinating creatures, and they have thought processes and instincts that are very different from ours. Take time to learn a bit about Silver’s body language. It’s quite fascinating! For instance, many people know that a horse with flattened, laid-back ears is not a happy horse. However, did you know that a lowered head is often a sign that your hooved buddy is feeling relaxed? You can also learn quite a bit just by watching your horse’s facial expressions and posture, and paying attention to the different sounds he makes.
Do you have a horse of your own? Make him something special! Carrots, apples, peppermints, and sugar cubes will always be hits. However, if you want to go all-out, make your horse some yummy cookies. Combine whole oats, molasses, brown sugar, honey, chopped apples, and shredded carrots into a batter. Add water if you need to thin it out. Divide into small portions, and cook at 350 for about 20 minutes.
You may know that wild horses are facing some very serious threats, including culling and habitat loss. Consider doing something to support an organization that helps protect them and/or rehabilitate them, so they can be adopted. There are some wonderful ones to choose from!
All of us here at Winchester Veterinary Clinic, your Pickerington, OH pet hospital, want to wish you a wonderful holiday season. Contact us anytime!