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"The Equine Mind - Top 10 Things to Know"

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  • "The Equine Mind - Top 10 Things to Know"

    Very interesting!

    http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=19734

    Some excerpts:

    Horses use the top portion of their eyes to see up close, which is why they often lower their heads when investigating something. The lower portion of the eye sees far away, which is why the animal will raise his head when looking at something in the distance; when the horse holds his head up high, he's considered to be in the flight position.

    Miller said horses might have the fastest reaction time of any domestic animal, which likely results from evolving with flight as their main defense mechanism. To illustrate the concept, Miller showed video clips of Portuguese bull fighting and cutting horses working cattle, in which attendees could clearly visualize that although the bovines made the first move, the horse always countered and arrived at the destination first.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    Good article.

    Did anyone else catch the reference to children being a domestic animal?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mike Matson View Post
      Horses use the top portion of their eyes to see up close, which is why they often lower their heads when investigating something. The lower portion of the eye sees far away, which is why the animal will raise his head when looking at something in the distance; when the horse holds his head up high, he's considered to be in the flight position.
      Isn't that the "ramp retina" theory? As far as I know that was disproved years ago. Maybe it's an old quote of Miller's?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SanJacMonument View Post
        Good article.

        Did anyone else catch the reference to children being a domestic animal?

        Yes!!!!!
        What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SanJacMonument View Post
          Good article.

          Did anyone else catch the reference to children being a domestic animal?

          I question the "domestic" part. Many times, "feral" would be more accurate.
          The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
          Winston Churchill

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          • #6
            Great article!

            Gotta say I love that Miller used Portuguese bull fighting and cutting horses in his behavioral study.

            Originally posted by SanJacMonument View Post

            Did anyone else catch the reference to children being a domestic animal?

            Yup.
            Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

            Originally posted by DottieHQ
            You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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