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  • Originally posted by Moonlitoaks View Post
    Here's an interesting one:

    Never give cold water to a hot horse...then I lived in the mountains and rode a horse that drank from the snow melt streams as we crossed.

    I think I read an article contradicting this in regards to endurance horses. I believe it was a study that said hoses were not more prone to founder if they drank cold water when they were hot.

    But there was that book about the Paso Fino from Puerto Rico that a boy gave cold water to and he was so sick he needed a sling and all his pretty hair fell out (anyone remember that one?). I read that book when I was seven and it convinced me, lol!

    So, is it true or false?
    OMG I remember that book! Didn't the horses' hooves fall off too? Trying to remember it...... was it in the black stallion series?

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    • Danza! by Lynn Hall?
      "Oh, sure, you may be able to take down one smurf, but mark my words: You bonk one smurf, you better be ready for a blue wave."---Bucky Katt

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      • Originally posted by BatCoach View Post

        OMG I remember that book! Didn't the horses' hooves fall off too? Trying to remember it...... was it in the black stallion series?
        Yes, that was weird! I remember it was a bay Paso stallion...I don't know the author, but I think they shipped the horse from Puerto Rico to Kentucky because he was so sick? Or did he start in Florida?

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        • Originally posted by RHdobes563 View Post
          Danza! by Lynn Hall?
          You found it! Never underestimate the POWER of coth, lol....

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          • OMG yes!! Danza! thank you RHdobes563

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            • I love the description of the competition at the end---the boy takes the stallion INSIDE the other horse while do figure 8's side by side to show that Danza would still gait despite having much less room to do so.

              Most books that I could get my hands on and read as a young'un were about horse racing or horses in the 'Old West.' It's been nice to read stores where horses did something different, whether in competition or not, like Danza!, Olympic Horseman (Arabian, 3-day eventing) by John Richard Young, and Harlequin Hullabaloo (Saddlebred) by Dorothy Lyons, etc. I always keep an eye out for my favorites from then to collect and, also, those that I never had a chance to read as a child.

              Rack on!
              "Oh, sure, you may be able to take down one smurf, but mark my words: You bonk one smurf, you better be ready for a blue wave."---Bucky Katt

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              • Heard a good one today and thought of this thread.

                If a horse poops while you're near it, it's a sign of being "fresh" and disrespectful.

                Heard this from the same person twice. First time was when I was having a low-pressure training session with my lease mare with loading. Got her on with the goal of standing calmly for a moment, which she did though had a very loose BM while standing. When I backed her out calmly and called it a day since she'd done so well, this person who'd been observing told me said mare was being purposely rude when she took a poop near me.

                I was mystified, still am. Even if that were true, how am I supposed to stop this "rude" behavior, put a hand over her bum?! LOL

                Heard it again today. Mare has a habit when I turn her back out after work of walking off a ways, turning slightly, and pooping before going back to her haynet. She almost never takes a BM on the crossties for me to clean up, even on the days we take a bit longer post-workout and I'm doing her stretches. Probably not actually intentional but she always seems to wait. This person saw her poop after walking away from me and said she "doesn't respect me at all".

                They must be watching too much Monty Python. "I FART IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION!"

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                • Originally posted by hybriseris View Post
                  Heard a good one today and thought of this thread.

                  If a horse poops while you're near it, it's a sign of being "fresh" and disrespectful.

                  Heard this from the same person twice. First time was when I was having a low-pressure training session with my lease mare with loading. Got her on with the goal of standing calmly for a moment, which she did though had a very loose BM while standing. When I backed her out calmly and called it a day since she'd done so well, this person who'd been observing told me said mare was being purposely rude when she took a poop near me.

                  I was mystified, still am. Even if that were true, how am I supposed to stop this "rude" behavior, put a hand over her bum?! LOL

                  Heard it again today. Mare has a habit when I turn her back out after work of walking off a ways, turning slightly, and pooping before going back to her haynet. She almost never takes a BM on the crossties for me to clean up, even on the days we take a bit longer post-workout and I'm doing her stretches. Probably not actually intentional but she always seems to wait. This person saw her poop after walking away from me and said she "doesn't respect me at all".

                  They must be watching too much Monty Python. "I FART IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION!"
                  Passing manure is directed by an autonomic nervous system response.
                  When exercised or under pressure and excited, it tends to speed up.
                  That is a very complicated process that involves all kinds of cell signaling.

                  It is not guided by trying to be disrespectful to anyone at all and is not under direct conscious control of the horse in those situations.

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                  • Bluey Oh, I know! But something tells me if either of us tried explaining that to this "helpful" observer, we'd only get an earful of more...unique thoughts on horse biology and behavior.

                    Which, thinking about it, might be interesting all on its own.

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                    • Originally posted by hybriseris View Post
                      Bluey Oh, I know! But something tells me if either of us tried explaining that to this "helpful" observer, we'd only get an earful of more...unique thoughts on horse biology and behavior.

                      Which, thinking about it, might be interesting all on its own.
                      Well, you can housebreak horses, or at least get them to fairly reliably use a designated spot.
                      That just won't work all the time, because, see above.

                      Interesting what all some assume horses do or why they do it.

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                      • Originally posted by Bluey View Post

                        That makes sense, the situation and those involved determines what is most appropriate in any kind of contact and communication.

                        Listen to your horse, it may not tell you "that feels oh so good!" or "cut that out, will 'ya?" with words, but telling you they will, if you listen to them.
                        I do the scratch on the neck by the withers along with a "good boy" as my praise of choice. He seems to like it.

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