I did this yesterday during my school work.
Skin, Coronet, Periople, Toe, Quarter and Heel are parts of the horse's hoof.
I didn't know that there was three sections on a horse's hoof. I heard that there was a toe, but now I know where it is. Not only that but the quarter and heel. I have never heard of the coronet or the periople at all before. But awhile back I found out what they are. They are pretty useful sometimes and it was interesting to look at Raleigh's hoof.
This is what I mean when I am talking about lunging:
The horse goes around the person in the middle. The person in the middle can tell the horse to walk, trot and lope. When getting the horse to trot, the horse must show respect towards the owner (the person in the middle). Not only is this teaching respect, but it is exercising the horse. Sometimes it's better to lunge the horse first before riding, because when you get on, the horse will listen better and won't be too jumpy with energy. It also helps the horse to understand you better when you lunge him first.
I watched a very fascinating video that Clinton Anderson did. He helped out with someone's horse and trained the horse to not be afraid. He helped the horse to trust his owner and know that his owner wouldn’t hurt him. Clinton also trained the horse by lunging. And in the end the horse was no longer shy or scared.
Lunging is when a horse walks, trots, lopes or gallops around you in a circle; you are in the center of the arena, and they are moving around the inside perimeter.
Marguerite Henry is one of my favorite authors. So I am going to talk about her.
The following story is a summary of what I read in a book written by Marguerite Henry:
Chinicoteague is a small island next to bigger island called Assateague. Both islands are in Virginia, and every year something amazing happens! A long time ago, a Spanish galleon ship was wrecked in a storm. On the galleon were ponies. Some of the ponies died but the stronger ponies swam to shore. Every human aboard drowned and only those few ponies who swam ashore were saved. After many years they became wild herds that ran free on Chinicoteague Island. And even today they still run free on the very same island. So every year the people who lived on Assateague island would have a huge roundup on Chincoteaugue Island. They would drive them into the river that ran between Chincoteague and Assateague island. The horses swam from Chincoteague to Assateague where they were put into a huge pen. Then the foals and mothers were separated. Then the foals (after they calmed down) were auctioned off. Thousands of people came to see them swim across the river and some would buy a colt or filly. Then, later, if there were foals not auctioned off, they were sent back to Chincoteague Island with the older ponies.
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Yesterday when I went down to the EQ center I found that Raleigh was gone. I guessed Mrs. Elliott must have taken him to the equine dentist to get his teeth done. (And I was right because Mrs Fenwick came down to feed her horses and she told me that Raleigh was at the dentist).
A picture I drew of a galloping wild appaloosa in hills of the sunset.