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Can horses ford deeper/faster rivers than humans?

Actually, it is often the opposite--many fords which are fine for humans are unsafe for a horse and rider, because the ground is too rocky, or the area is too narrow or steep, or the ford relies on ...
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Why do horses need to wear shoes?

There are a few reasons why horses need (and in some cases need not to wear shoes). Weak hooves / easily cracked or damaged, or mentality. Some horses are prone to easily damaging their hooves. We ...
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Can horses ford deeper/faster rivers than humans?

Horses are bigger and stronger and than humans and because of the square cube law, they have more mass to surface area which makes them better suited to fording deeper/faster rivers. As to whether or ...
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What is the sport of Horse Boarding?

Horse boarding is a sport similar to kite boarding / kite surfing where one uses wind power via a kite to pull oneself along on a long-board type skateboard or surfboard. With Horse Boarding you are ...
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How dangerous are wild horses?

Obviously, since horses are animals, they are relatively predictable (they have known behaviour patterns), but can be very unpredictable (they are autonomous creatures). Note first that horses are not ...
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Why do horses need to wear shoes?

Wikipedia Many changes brought about by domestication of the horse have led to a need for shoes for number of reasons, mostly linked to management that results in horses' hooves hardening less ...
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How can I tell if a wild animal has rabies?

In order to understand the question of rabies and whether or not an animal is rabid, a little background information is necessary. Once rabies infection occurs, the virus grows in muscle tissue ...
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How can I tell if a wild animal has rabies?

From the Humane Society Nocturnal animals active in the daytime or vice versa. Excessive drooling Lack of fear of humans Aggressive behavior It does note that there is both a "furious" ...
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How dangerous are wild horses?

I have had multiple encounters with wild horses in an environment where they are used to the presence of hikers. There was an obvious pattern where approaching within a certain distance (which isn't ...
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Can horses ford deeper/faster rivers than humans?

I live in New Zealand, land of many rivers. Whether a river is crossable depends completely on depth and flow rate. Whether a horse or 4WD could cross it is irrelevant, because the flow rate and ...
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Why do horses need to wear shoes?

Domesticated horse activities are not the same as wild or feral horses ( and from the same Wikipedia article provided in the comment by Ilmari Karonen ) an important difference in the domestic is the ...
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What quick release knots would work to release a medical kit attached to a horse if I'm unmounted during trail?

If you want the horse to carry the bottles you have to attach them to the saddle or any bags you may have on the horse. But if you want them to stay with you when you fall off the horse or are thrown ...
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What is the Chincoteague Pony Swim on Assateague Island in Virginia and Maryland?

The Chincoteague Pony Swim is an annual event where around 150 adult ponies and their foals from the North and South parts of the island are rounded up and swim at slack tide from Assateague Island to ...
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How can I tell if a wild animal has rabies?

There are several symptoms that could indicate an animal may have rabies–they have already been shared in other answers to this question–but the only way to know for certain if an animal is actually ...
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What quick release knots would work to release a medical kit attached to a horse if I'm unmounted during trail?

I suggest a small backpack, such as a hydration bladder pack. I ride bikes and for a long time had resisted wearing a backpack. They make my back sweaty, they put more weight on the tailbones, they ...
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How to protect yourself from horses?

placed a hand in front of himself and the horses stopped! Brave and perhaps foolish. Horses (especially dominant males) will charge a perceived threat, and they are big. They know how to protect ...
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What quick release knots would work to release a medical kit attached to a horse if I'm unmounted during trail?

The first thing that comes to mind is a bit of Velcro, You could easily sew or attach one side to the saddle, and the other side to one of the bottles. Then have some form of rope or cordage that goes ...
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If you were lost and without water and food in the desert or other wilderness would a horse be an advantage or not?

I sense a disconnect between the described scenario, and your question. But maybe that is because I'm not a horse person... Since water is so much more critical, we can essentially ignore the food ...
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