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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 some tool like stepping stones or a safety rope that the horse can't use. On the other hand, horse-safe fords can be muddier and deeper than those meant for ...


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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 had one pony who had worn shoes his whole life (he was around 14 when we brought him) and when his shoes were removed he had trouble walking and even over a space ...


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Generally "X gives way to Y" rules can be found not just on trails but on open water (steam gives way to sail) and in rivers and channels, even on city sidewalks. They seem to be based on these (potentially contradictory) reasons: slower movers should allow faster movers to pass them and carry on away (after catching up from behind) more nimble entities ...


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In the Grand Canyon, it's because it's easier for a human to get off the trail than it is for a mule. I suspect the same reasoning applies in most places.


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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 not you could cross where the horses do, that will depend on the individual crossing. You probably couldn't cross at all of the places horses can, but that ...


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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 pulled along by a horse and rider. This gives added complexity - one because you're doubling (tripling if you include the horse) the number of participants. It ...


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The safe and courteous way to handle an encounter with stock (horses, donkeys, etc.) is to step off the trail to the downhill side, and also to talk to the riders. This helps the animals know you are a human and not a predator, and it moves you clear of their path should they spook. Horses are prey animals and may be sensitive to potential threats from ...


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Often in British countryside you'll find fields with horses in (and cows and much of this is applicable to bovine) where it is unavoidable or rather difficult to go a different way and the are a few things to be aware of. Usually you'll be heading over something similar to this: As public rights of way here allow footpaths through any field, garden, park, ...


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I don't know how this is in other countries, but here in Austria you usually don't cross a fenced area but rather walk around it. As a horse owner myself I also wouldn't want any stranger wandering in the fields where my horse is. Horses are flight animals and therefore they usually flee from any unknown or suspicious things. But domestic horses could ...


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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 predators. In other words, they're not out there to get you. The only case in which they become a threat to humans is when they feel that you are a threat to ...


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Here in the US, "horses in a field" would imply the field is fenced. That means you should stay out. There is one exception, which is if you know the land is public property and it's OK to walk on it. This is often the case with cattle on BLM and Forest Service land in the western US. In that case, there will be fences with gates, or roads crossing ...


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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 and being more vulnerable to injury. In the wild, a horse may travel up to 50 miles per day to obtain adequate forage. While horses in the wild covered ...


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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 and may go undetected for several days or months. During this incubation (or latent) period, the animal appears healthy and shows no sign of infection. ...


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Having had horses myself, here in England, part of the reason you give way if you hear a horse coming on a Bridleway is because (and I say this having been in the situation) there is no speed limit for horses on Bridleways (some might have a trot sign but not always), if you're cantering or galloping along which you have every right to do it's harder for us ...


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It's a similar situation here in the UK. We have routes which are designated as Bridleways which Horse-riders, Cyclists and Pedestrians can use but not motorised vehicles. I would imagine that the yielding to horses is because some horses can get spooked easily and it is safer all round to keep relatively still and let the horse and rider to pass.


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Firstly, the best way to test if an obstacle (commonly called a jump) is safe to jump is to walk around it and give it a once over. This can be mounted or dismounted leading the horse. What you want to look for is holes or unevenness in the ground - usually caused from jumping in the wet and the ground drying with deep horse prints in. You also want to ...


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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" form where they may act agitated and a "dumb" form where they may act drunk. From the Merck Veterinary Manual Paralysis Seizures Inability to swallow ...


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I do a lot of my own repair. However, this is one where I instead work on the idea of 'consumer relations' My attack: Phone the company that made them. Explain the problem, and ask how to get them replaced. (You can email them but this will add 3 days to the exchange) Rationale: For this to show up this soon, either the sewing machine is out of kilter,...


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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 the same for each horse) would cause the horse to switch from natural behavior to wary behavior. Any approach beyond that point would result in rapidly ...


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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 Chincoteague Island. From assategueisland.com (highlights mine), The Pony Swim is usually broadcast live by the "Good Morning America" show. The Wild Pony ...


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What has probably happened is that the thread used on the boots has deteriorated. I would hand sew it, but only after studying the best knots to employ in the repair. Be sure to use the same holes made by the machine in order to avoid weakening the leather. Once finished, spray with a water repellent compound. I have done this on my own shoes and have had ...


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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 carrying or pulling of significant added weight that being shod compensated ( I imagine similar to one reason why people invented and wore shoes themselves and ...


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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 depth vary depending on rainfall in the high country 2-12 hours ago. I've seen river crossings that can vary from "Where's the water?" (because it's flowing ...


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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 themselves and their band. I suspect that these were domesticated and chose to submit to a commanding human gesture. what to do in such a situation? Horses are ...


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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 rabid is to have the brain of the animal examined in a laboratory. In the past I was CSPS and EMP Level III Advanced first-aid certified. In our training we ...


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