Thursday May 11, 2017
In the opinion of horse lovers everywhere, horses are the most majestic and beautiful creatures on earth. Smart and resourceful, horses have longtime been a resource to humankind.
Domesticated horses live between 25-30 years reaching maturity around 5 years and saddle training between 2-4 years of age. But when did horse domestication become common practice?
Scientist have compared DNA from modern horses to the bones and teeth of ancient horses from archichagolical digs. They believe horse domestication most likely occurred between 3500-4000 B.C. in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
There are approximately 300 different horse breeds worldwide. Horses have been selectively bred since their domestication for hundreds of years. Domestic horse breeds can be divided into categories based on overall temperament: spirited (hot bloods) contain qualities such as speed and endurance; cold bloods such as draft horses are bred for heavy work; and warmbloods, (cross between hot bloods and cold bloods) bred for specific riding techniques.
Did you know? One of the earliest formal horse registry was traced back to 1791.
- Horses’ digestive systems are very delicate. Therefore, horses are required to graze on hay or pasture throughout the day.
Did you know? The average-size horse will consume approximately 20 pounds of food a day and drink a minimum 8 gallons of water!
- A farrier or blacksmith should be scheduled every six to eight weeks to trim and/or shoe your horse. This can help with hoof splitting and detect any potential health problems.
- Domesticated horses require constant access to a dry shelter protecting them from rain, wind, and other inclement weather as they can develop conditions such as rain rot.
Did you know? Horses can sleep while standing up and lying down.
- Since domesticated horses are usually boarded, no horse should spend all day confined in a stall unless the order of a veterinarian. Regular riding and exercise (or letting your horse out to pasture) is sure to keep your horse from getting bored.
Did you know? A baby horse or foal can stand and even run shortly after being born.
- Once a year, your horse should be vaccinated against tetanus and other diseases as well as routine dental care since domesticated horses are constantly exposed to intestinal worms and other parasites. Horses also suffer from sweet itch, rain rot, and other conditions that may need to be treated. Prevention is key to your horse enjoying a long and happy life.
Noni for overall horse health:
Dr. Joyce Harman of Virginia, who has been practicing holistic veterinary care, primarily on horses, since 1991 states: “I think noni (Noni Fruit Leather) is a very useful, very safe, very broad-acting,” she continues: “I use the Noni Fruit Leather from Hawaiian Organic Noni regularly and quite successfully for a lot of immune-system issues, and to treat tumors and cancers mostly in older animals. I’m also using it a lot more to treat Lyme disease because of its immune-stimulating properties and ability to treat arthritis.”
Because she deals with equines, holistic veterinarians like Joyce tends to use 2 to 4 times the standard daily dose of one 2-inch square pieces of fruit leather, depending on the size of the animal and severity of the condition. “I have found Noni Lotion to be more effective than any of the other concoctions used by my clients,” she says. “I recently had a case that almost completely resolved after using Noni Lotion for just three days.”
- Boosts the immune system
- Anti-inflammatory agents
- Anti-fungal properties
- Aids in healing allergic reactions on the skin
- Provides relief from skin irritations caused by sweet itch and fly bites
- Protection from further infection and re-injury
- Soothe your horse's joints and muscles
- Natural pain relief