National Horse Protection Day 2018 is on Thursday, March 1, 2018: Over night horse show? ? ? ? ? ?

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Thursday, March 1, 2018 is National Horse Protection Day 2018. National Horse Protection Day - Founder Colleen Paige National Horse Protection Day

Over night horse show? ? ? ? ? ?

I vote for separate stalls, with supervision, too. The scenario you are planning is fraught with danger for the horses and people in the area. The horses could fight each other, get loose and run all over the show grounds. The people would probably have MORE access to them behind a temporary fence than safely in an enclosed stall. Even better than a regular chair, take a recliner and have someone sleep there if necessary. The do this at national level shows all the time.

Did any horses die during this years aintree grand national?

Did any horses die during this years aintree grand national?

No, thankfully all the horses came home safe and well.

It's a sad fact but horses don't just die in the Grand National, it happens in smaller races all over the country every day of the year, in fields and out on gallops.

If you are truly concerned about horse welfare, don't listen to the mischief makers who raise their voices about a high profile race such as the Grand National to gain support, join a group of people making the world a better place for horses everywhere, not just in racing, like World Horse Welfare formerly knows as the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)

Here is the link:-

The fact that no horses were injured this year shows that the safety measures that Aintree racecourse are putting in place, like filling in the dreaded ditch the other side of the jump known as The Chair which has claimed many horses are in fact working.

It's a black day for racing when any horse dies or jockey gets injured and I find it difficult to come to terms with, but up to that point those horses have been loved and cared for unlike some poor creatures left starving in a field without shelter or water, or shut in a dirty stable with no veterinary care or attention...Jac x

Why do domesticated horses have long manes?

Why do domesticated horses have long manes?

Most domesticated breeds of horses have long manes because they were bred to have them, Dexter. The same thing is true for those breeds that have very short manes or no manes at all. It's because they were bred to look that way by humans. The only truly WILD horses in the world, the Prezwalski's horses of Asia, have short, stubby, thick manes. These animals have few natural enemies- the biggest threat facing them today is habitat loss caused by human expansion into their territories, and from illegal poaching. Because these horses were never domesticated by man, they have more or less remained in their natural evolutionary state. The development of a long mane is only an advantage if the horse lives in a place where it can provide protection from predators like mountain lions. Prezwalski's horses don't live in such a place- they live on the cold Asian steppes, near what is today the nation of Mongolia. Most of the natural predators in that part of the world were eliminated or went extinct decades or centuries ago. In the case of zebras, these animals don't have long manes in part because the climate where they live precludes such a development. These animals do have to run from multiple predators- the African savannah is full of them- and having a long mane wouldn't provide much protection from either predation or the climate, because the various members of the big cat family attack zebras in different ways. Some are ground predators that attack the tail and hindquarters, while others are ambush predators, such as leopards and panthers. It just depends on the species. Still other predators rely on overwhelming speed to bring down prey the way the cheetah does. Cheetahs can easily outrun any zebra at close quarters in a sprint, but they are ground predators. They kill by jumping on the hind quarters of the zebra, dragging the animal down, and then biting through the neck or jugular vein. .

Mustangs and other breeds of "feral" horses also have long manes because they are descended from escaped or abandoned domesticated horses that were bred to have them too. The same thing can also be said of the wild ponies on Assauteague Island on the coast of Maryland's eastern shore. Those ponies are descended from ponies which were brought over by the Spanish conquistadors back in the 1600's. Their ancestors survived a shipwreck off the nearby island of Chincoteague, and swam ashore. Since there were no predators on the islands, and the climate was favorable, the ponies thrived there undisturbed for centuries. They still live there today because that area has been designated as a national wildlife refuge and is under the control of the National Park Service. The annual "pony penning" days, during which the pony herds are rounded up and thined out, and the foals and younger animals are sold, are sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department as a fundraiser. That event, held every July, is one of the most popular events on the Delmarva Pennisula where I live. It draws thousands of visitors and tourists from all over the country and around the world. The famous book and movie "Misty of Chincoteague" is about one of the wild ponies and her offspring. In both the book and the movie, the pony Misty has a long mane. That's because her ancestors all had long manes too, because they were bred to have them.

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