Posts tagged ‘Horse’

Why do horses wear shoes?

Horse shoe

A horse wears shoes for very nearly the same reason you wear shoes—to protect its feet from injury and wear.  A horse’s shoe is a metal plate that fits around the outer edges of the hoofs to help give the horse better footing  and keep the hoofs from splitting on hard roads.

The metal shoe is held in place with horse shoe nails.  But since the nails go only into the horny hoof, this does not hurt the horse at all.  Work horses wear heavy shoes with cleats to prevent them from slipping when pulling a heavy load.  Race horses wear light shoes that can wear out after a single race.–Dick Rogers

Why is a horse mounted from the left side?

The custom of mounting a horse from the left probably started when men more long swords that hung doesn’t  the left leg.  Mounting from the left kept the sword from getting in the way as the rider mounted.


Many people enjoy riding horseback for fun and sport.  One of the first things a rider learns is to mount (get on) a horse from the horse’s left side.

The custom of mounting from the left probably started long ago when men wore long swords that hung down the left leg.  It was easier to throw the right leg across the horse’s back, since the long word wouldn’t become entangled with the rider‘s legs as he mounted.

Most horses become used to being mounted from the left side during training.  Mounting from the right side might confuse or startle it.  Dismounting is also done from the left side.

Riding horses is lots of fun.  Often a rider complains that the horses he rides are stubborn or mean.

He doesn’t realize that most of the difficulty he has with horses comes because he has not learned how to control them properly or because he is making them uncomfortable with his poor riding habits.  – Dick Rogers


What is przewalski’s horse?

The przewalski’s, or Przhevalski’s horse, is the last remaining species of true wild horses living today.  (The so-called “wild” American mustang is descended from domestic horses that later escaped, so it is not a true wild horse).

Przewalski’s Horse

A Przewalski’s horse can be easily identified by its stocky body, short legs, rusty red coat and bushy mane that usually stands upright, instead of falling over the way manes do on domestic horses.

It has a dark “donkey” stripe along its back.

Today Przewalski’s horses survive only in small numbers in Central Asia and in some zoos.

This rare, pony-size horse is similar to horses that cavemen painted on the walls of their caves thousands of years ago.

They hunted the ancestors of this ancient horse just as they hunted mammoths, for food.

It was a long time before anyone thought of using horses for riding. – Dick Rogers