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Why Do Horsies Wear Horsie Shoes ?
« on: 22/08/2007 13:15:34 »
Dear Equine Eccentrics,


This is a horse:


Nice isn't it ? notice how you want to pet it, give it some sugar, make some glue ?

This is a horse shoe:



Sorry that it's upside down but I'm not superstitious !



My daughters Barbie Horse tells me that horsies were around long before horse shoes were !!!

so, why do horsies wear horse shoes ?.....The one and only reason I can think of is because they might occasionally go for walkies on the road ....is that it ?




 

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« Reply #1 on: 22/08/2007 13:51:39 »
Early horses did not have to travel on hard surfaces, nor carry heavy weights.

BTW, humans were also around long before human shoes were.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 22/08/2007 13:53:03 »
Shoes can help to protect the hoof. Hooves are prone to chipping & cracking; especially, as was mentioned, on hard surfaces such as roads. It is also a good idea to have a horse shod if it is used for jumping, racing, point-to-point, hunting, etc as the hoof can take quite a pounding. If a horse is kept in a field to graze and not used for anything else, there's not much need to have it shod.

There are also special shoes that are fitted to alleviate symptoms of illness or injury; much as humans wear orthopedic shoes. One of our ponies currently has laminitis - which is an inflammation of the interior of the hoof - & there are shoes similar to Dr Martens boots with air-soles (AIR-SOLES  [:(!] ) that are crafted to fit the hoof snugly to soften any impact with the ground. Fortunately ours isn't bad enough to warrant that much treatment.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 22/08/2007 14:01:26 »
Early horses did not have to travel on hard surfaces, nor carry heavy weights.

BTW, humans were also around long before human shoes were.

THANK YOU GEORGE

You've  answered what was going to be my next question ...what came first the human or the shoe !! ;) ;)

So, were early horsies field dwellers ?..or did they swing through the trees like some ape/horse hybrid ?

Seriously though, I appreciate your answer and understand the logic behind it.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 22/08/2007 14:06:20 »
Shoes can help to protect the hoof. Hooves are prone to chipping & cracking; especially, as was mentioned, on hard surfaces such as roads. It is also a good idea to have a horse shod if it is used for jumping, racing, point-to-point, hunting, etc as the hoof can take quite a pounding. If a horse is kept in a field to graze and not used for anything else, there's not much need to have it shod.

There are also special shoes that are fitted to alleviate symptoms of illness or injury; much as humans wear orthopedic shoes. One of our ponies currently has laminitis - which is an inflammation of the interior of the hoof - & there are shoes similar to Dr Martens boots with air-soles (AIR-SOLES  [:(!] ) that are crafted to fit the hoof snugly to soften any impact with the ground. Fortunately ours isn't bad enough to warrant that much treatment.

THANK YOU MR ED..Oops..I mean MR ETH !

I suspected it was because of the multi-tasking that horse hooves have to apply themselves to today.

I am sorry to hear that your pony has laminitis....I hope he/she is enjoying the fuss.

Do wild horses normally not run as much  ?...will they graze and wander at a canter  for the predominant of their time ?

 

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« Reply #5 on: 22/08/2007 14:18:58 »
One of the ancestors of the modern horse was Eohippus (also called Hyracotherium).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyracotherium

In the wild, horses tend to just meander around for most of the time nibbling at verdant goodness. They sometimes play tag - especially young colts - which is quite amusing to watch. (1 of my colts was kept in a field with a young camel for a while. Watching them play tag was hilarious!)

Normally the only time they really gallop is to release energy or to escape a predator. A horse will run 1.5 miles to escape; although a stallion is liable to attack you if his mares are threatened. And just because a horse doesn't have claws or big teeth, don't underestimate how dangerous they can be. Just a little flick with its rear hoof can break an arris rail. And if it rears up & comes down on you it's normally Goodnight Vienna.

Even just their weight can cause a lot of damage. Horses can weigh up to 750 kilos (and a large Shire can top 1000 kilos). You wouldn't want that squashing you against a stable wall or rolling on you. I've had my feet stood on by horses & I can assure you it bloody well hurts!  :(

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« Reply #6 on: 22/08/2007 14:19:17 »
In the wild, the only real need for horses to run would be to escape danger; otherwise, although they may choose to stretch their legs a bit, but they don't have a great deal of effort involved in chasing after grass to eat (grass does not run very fast).
 

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« Reply #7 on: 22/08/2007 14:29:04 »
Incidentally, did you know that "hippopotamus" means "water/river horse"?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 22/08/2007 14:29:52 »
...(grass does not run very fast).

A supergrass may need to!  :D
 

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« Reply #10 on: 22/08/2007 17:02:04 »
One of the ancestors of the modern horse was Eohippus (also called Hyracotherium).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyracotherium

In the wild, horses tend to just meander around for most of the time nibbling at verdant goodness. They sometimes play tag - especially young colts - which is quite amusing to watch. (1 of my colts was kept in a field with a young camel for a while. Watching them play tag was hilarious!)

Normally the only time they really gallop is to release energy or to escape a predator. A horse will run 1.5 miles to escape; although a stallion is liable to attack you if his mares are threatened. And just because a horse doesn't have claws or big teeth, don't underestimate how dangerous they can be. Just a little flick with its rear hoof can break an arris rail. And if it rears up & comes down on you it's normally Goodnight Vienna.

Even just their weight can cause a lot of damage. Horses can weigh up to 750 kilos (and a large Shire can top 1000 kilos). You wouldn't want that squashing you against a stable wall or rolling on you. I've had my feet stood on by horses & I can assure you it bloody well hurts!  :(




THANK YOU DR BEAVER.

This is most interesting about the nature of wild horses. Are they a dwindling species ?....I would love to be witness of them playing tag !...do they just give each other a little nibble ?

I will take on board your useful tip about not allowing myself to be flattened by a horse. I will remind myself of your sage advice next time a horse is falling on me !!  Very wise and I am gracious for your help and the link too.

 

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« Reply #11 on: 22/08/2007 17:05:25 »
In the wild, the only real need for horses to run would be to escape danger; otherwise, although they may choose to stretch their legs a bit, but they don't have a great deal of effort involved in chasing after grass to eat (grass does not run very fast).



THANK YOU VERY MUCH GEORGE.

It's pleasing to know that horses do not need to be continuously on the move. What predators to wild horses have ?..Horse eating wild hare ?............LOL....ok....I expect cougars and leopards yes ?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 22/08/2007 17:07:35 »
Incidentally, did you know that "hippopotamus" means "water/river horse"?

Yes..yes i did know that !!...YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!
 

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« Reply #13 on: 22/08/2007 17:11:03 »

In the wild, the only real need for horses to run would be to escape danger; otherwise, although they may choose to stretch their legs a bit, but they don't have a great deal of effort involved in chasing after grass to eat (grass does not run very fast).



THANK YOU VERY MUCH GEORGE.

It's pleasing to know that horses do not need to be continuously on the move. What predators to wild horses have ?..Horse eating wild hare ?............LOL....ok....I expect cougars and leopards yes ?



And Humans!
 

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« Reply #14 on: 22/08/2007 22:09:06 »
What I wrote about horses being dangerous does not apply to seahorses.  ;D
 

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« Reply #15 on: 22/08/2007 22:13:39 »
Neil - they do sometimes nip one another when playing tag. But often the game consists of 1 chasing another the length of the field (or a random distance in the wild), then they turn around & the pursued becomes the pursuer.

Wild horses are nowhere near as common these days. In Britain there are still places where you can find them - Exmoor, Dartmoor, New Forest, Shetland Islands, Welsh hills & Scottish Highlands, and some places in the Yorkshire dales & the Peak District. You may find them called M&M, which stands for Mountain & Moorland.

I believe I'm right in saying that the most wild horses are to be found in Argentina. I know that was true at 1 time & I've not heard to the contrary.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 22/08/2007 22:27:27 »
Eth,

I had no idea that we have wild horsies over here !!
Are they indigenous ?

I always thought they were somewhere in western America.

Must be a sight to behold to see a wild bunch of horsies running free !!(what's the term for a bunch of horsies)...would love to see that !..and see them playing tag !
 

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« Reply #17 on: 22/08/2007 23:11:54 »
As far as I am aware, they are not strictly speaking wild horses so much as feral horses.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 22/08/2007 23:14:17 »
You mean someone set them free !!...and they've acclimatised ?

Nice !...thanks George.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 23/08/2007 08:52:21 »
Eth,

I had no idea that we have wild horsies over here !!
Are they indigenous ?

I always thought they were somewhere in western America.

Must be a sight to behold to see a wild bunch of horsies running free !!(what's the term for a bunch of horsies)...would love to see that !..and see them playing tag !

George is right in saying they're more correctly called feral (descendants of once-domesticated horses). But most people wouldn't appreciate the difference so they're just known as wild.

The only truly wild horse today is the Mongolian wild horse, or Prezewalski's horse, which is found in Central Asia. All others are, strictly speaking, feral.

What we have in this country are wild ponies rather than horses. If you want to see some really fabulous, wild horses, get yourself down to the Camargue.

http://www.photosafaris.com/Tours_2005/WhiteHorsesFrancesCamargue.asp

A lot of horsey, equiney thingies is known as a herd. (I wonder how many there needs to be before it can be called a herd?)
 

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