How well do you know your horse’s body?

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Wednesday 05 December - 16h39 | Maxence Magnin

How well do you know your horse’s body?

Horses are complex animals which one learns to understand from the inside out. Indeed, each part of the horse's body has a specific function. Today, GRANDPRIX-Replay.com takes a little tour to discover some different body parts of horses and ponies which are important to become familiar with.

 - How well do you know your horse’s body?

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- Scratch/pat/caress zones. These are very important body parts to remember if you want to stay on good terms with your horse. For equine animals, several areas exist around the body which are particularly receptive to scratches and caresses. For example, you can work near the withers in the shoulder area as well as the neck to provide some satisfaction. But just as for people, each horse has its preferences – for you to find out. 
- The candy radar. Also called the mouth. This part of the body is very sensitive especially after a good work-out session or effort by the horse. But beware, this area can also detect the absence of treats. It is therefore very important to always have some on hand.
- The ejection seat. Many riders would appreciate this an an option when riding. Unfortunately, the only option this part of the body offers is in its randomness.
- Engine. The centerpiece of the horse. Without the engine, no propulsion and no riding. It is therefore very important to maintain it well, for example with careful massages. For optimal use, also think of pampering your protégé by stimulating other parts of his body, such as the scratching zone or candy radar.
- The self-defense system. In order to protect against any threats or annoyances, horses and ponies have a very effective self-defense system. But be careful, as this system can be sudden and powerful, as much with other horses as with people.
- The mood indicator. This is a very important part of the body to be able to interpret. Indeed, it allows one to know about what to expect with the mount one is planning to ride. A good understanding lowers the risks of offending or frightening a horse. If the ears are going forward a little (without flared nostrils) or a little floppy, that is generally a good sign.
- The fly disperser. Very useful during the summer, the fly disperser whips everything in its path. But while this body part is very effective and flexible, it can sometimes lash innocent targets, including riders. Indeed, who has never been whipped by horse hair (not the most pleasant sensation)?
- The gas tank. Finally of course, in order to function, the engine needs fuel. It is essential to maintain and fill this part of the horse. Simple and effective methods exist to respond to this need, such as turning out your horse in a grassy green meadow, or supplementing your hay with nutritious treats.


 

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