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    Thursday zebra trivia quiz

    Was discussing camoflage in the pub last week (what an exciting life I lead) so since zebras have suddenly become topical I think this has to be done
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    point to ponder - what do horses see?

    So you're at a SJ competition and the poles and fillers are painted with all sorts of colours in potentially scary patterns. Does your horse have/do you assume your horse has the same ability to see colour (and hence patterns made by contrasting colours) as humans? Does it matter?
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    Point to ponder - rein back

    Horses use different gaits depending on the speed they're travelling so for 0 - 4.5 mph (for something horse sized) it's walk , for 4mph - 13 mph it's trot and for 11 mph upwards it's canter/gallop. Each gait is defined by the pattern of footfalls so if L=left, R=right, H=hind, F=fore, the feet...
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    This week's point to ponder - horse BMI

    According to the welfare organisations, perceptions of 'good condition' have changed in recent years such that many leisure horses carry more than the ideal weight. See the ILPH Right Weight page for more info. To a lesser extent there are also horses that are underweight not due to any...
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    A point to ponder - top line vs bottom line

    Following on from geegee22's post on neck muscles and how to get them, here's a point to ponder if you're really bored or an equine student or both. Why do horse's that run around with their heads in the air build muscle on the bottom of their neck but horses that work in a long low outline or...
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    Can you think of any interesting questions...

    that come up on HHO from time to time, have no simple answer and don't get dealt with in the horsey magazines? This follows on from a pub conversation where we were discussing book ideas (as if there aren't enough already). If the number and size of threads on HHO is a reasonable indication of...
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    Why not just ban horseracing ?

    Horseracing combines the vice of gambling with the anachronistic human habit of subjecting animals to unnatuaral activities purely for their enjoyment. There is a clear distinction between companion animals, which may also be considered as living in captivity for the pleasure of humans and...
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    Who do you get to....

    shoe you horse ????? (following on from the enchanting discussion we've been having on barefoot deshoeing) choose the two that fit best!
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    Language... how do you take it?

    Heard something on the radio today which made me smile because it’s soo true and nicely illustrates a point that I argue from time to time on HHO. As part of a discussion on global warming and the reduction of CO2 emissions the radio programme considered the difference between political and...
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    are cobs stronger than ponies? an online experiment

    OK how sad am I. Following on from the NL discussion on how much a horse can carry I'd like to do an online experiment to estimate how much stronger cobs are than ponios of the same size. Anyone who has a tape measure and access to a cob or pony with clean legs (no feathers or lots of hair -...
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    have you ever been asked to do a talk...

    ...to a group of horsey people, and if so what was it about and was if fun or scary or both. I got asked to do one recently on "any subject I felt like" which was a very dangerous thing so say but unfortunately I couldn't make the date they wanted. I can't stop thinking about what I would have...
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    What is the wierdest or most bizarre thing ...

    ...you've seen horses do? Mine (following on from 'breeds I don't like' post) has to be seeing a line of six temporary stables moving across a car park (A very bored heavy horse was in one, the others were empty). That has to be followed closely by a fell pony I'd tied up loosely outside a pub...
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    Do you think 'twitching' should be banned...

    ... because it’s cruel OR is it a harmless and very effective method of control? If you tried twitching a carnivore like a doggy it would yelp or have your leg off, if you twitched a person it would be considered torture and have you up for GBH. Herbivore pain response is a bit different so...
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    New Journal/Magazine - How about this then?

    The British Equine Veterinary Association is the professional body for equine vets, it organises training days, publishes 2 journals, EVJ and EVE aimed at the veterinary preofession and scientific researchers and... well have a look at their web site if you're interested. So what if they (as a...
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    Anyone going to BEVA Congress ?

    14th 17th September I think.
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    OK if you could invent any...

    ...technological aid to help your riding/training what would it be/do ? Be imaginative here, we can send people to the moon and split the atom remember! In case you're wondering, yes this did start as a pub conversation and the best we came up with was a device to tell you when you were about...
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