John Lyons

There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience.

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Freedom

A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open.

Never, never, never keep these 1,000 lb. beauties stalled.  It ruins their mind, body & spirit in addition to their muscles and ligaments.

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Walter Farley, author of The Black Stallion series

Yet when the books have been read and reread, it boils down to the horse, his human companion, and what goes on between them.  Many professional horsemen scoff at anything that resembles a sentimental relationship between horse and rider.  Yet  I have heard these same men admit countless times that horses perform better for some people than others.  They’re apt to attribute it to anything but what I think it is . . . love.

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Do horses prefer to live alone or with another horse?

Horses don’t like living alone.  Many will tolerate it, but all prefer to be with other horses.  Like humans, horses are very social animals.  In fact, in a way, horses are more social than humans, because for them, the company of their own kind is perceived as an issue of life or death.  In the wild, a horse living alone is more vulnerable to predators.  There is safety in numbers, and horses know it.

Horses also get very lonely without other horses around.  Some experts have observed that among wild horses, young stallions driven from their family herds by older, more dominant stallions were visibly depressed and forlorn.  These solo young stallions wander aimlessly, as if life isn’t worth living.  Rather than go on alone, some of them join up with other outcasts to form “bachelor bands.”  While the goal of every stallion is to have a herd of mares to call his own, stallions would rather live with other stallions . . . their potential rivals . . . than be by themselves.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

Horses have a great long term memory, (especially for places they were spooked)

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HORSE TIP

Never try to knee, tickle, or scare a horse into exhaling – – this is painful and dangerous.

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Equestrian Statues

Washington, D.C., is home to at least 30 equestrian statues, mostly generals, including Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson, Philip Sheridan and George Washington.

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DID YOU KNOW?

How the Derby Got its Name. It had nothing to do with a hat! By tradition, a “derby” is a race for three year olds, and the term was first used in England in 1779. Edward Smith-Stanley 12th Earl of Derby, was celebrating the inaugural run of the Epsom Oaks (named after his estate “The Oaks”), which his horse, Bridget, had won.

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HORSE TIP:

Coming to the barn? Leave those fashionable open-toed sandals at home. Sturdy footwear that protects and supports the whole foot is crucial for safety both on the ground and in the saddle.

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DID YOU KNOW?

William F. Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill, was given a snow-white horse called Isham by the painter Rosa Bonheur, who also painted their picture together. Isham was reputed to be one of Buffalo Bill’s favorite horses, and repeatedly performed in their traveling “Wild West Show.” When, due to bankruptcy, the show closed, a friend bought Isham at auction, and gave him back to Buffalo Bill.

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