Harmony's Summer Horse Care Program
by Edilaine Fernandez
Horses are very interesting and fascinating creatures and are some of my favorite animals. During the summer Horse Care class at Harmony, I was given the amazing opportunity to work with horses and learn about them. To own a horse is a big responsibility. I can't help but smile at the thought of them and Wood beautiful creatures they truly are.
One thing I learned during my class was what a mud not is the mud not is a specific not you do on the horse's tail when it's raining so the horses tail won't get dirty and tangled up with the mud. Also I found it interesting that it can take up to 30 minutes to groom a horse correctly. Making sure that you use the right brush is also very important. Some horses have greater skin sensitivity than others. A body brush can be used in almost all the parts of the horse's body. How much they are able to eat in a day fascinates me as well. Something that I found very interesting was how a horse shivers want to fly lands on them. That demonstrates how sensitive they are skin is. Flies mostly gather around the horse's eyes, mouth, nose, and other sensitive parts of the body. That's the reason they wear the fly masks so the flies won't irritate them.
You have to be careful when riding a horse in the hot sun because the hotter the horse gets the more it's with which attracts flies. Horses can't breathe or vomit through their mouth's or even burp. Their digestive system doesn't work the way the human digestive system works. To express how they feel, they use their ears, eyes and nostrils. When a horse has flared nostrils and their ears back, it most likely means that they will attack. Horses have two blind spots where they can't see. Directly in front of them and behind them. They can drink up to 10 gallons of water in a day. Horses are amazing creatures.
I specifically worked with one horse named Boo Boo; he was a very silly horse who would always try eating the fence when he was bored. He sadly passed away on October 12, 2017. We miss him dearly. I loved grooming him and grazing him even if all his brown hair got on my clothes. Out of the three horses at Harmony, Boo Boo was my favorite, because of how goofy and silly he was. He somehow always managed to make me feel better. He was a loving horse who I'm sure will be missed by everyone.
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