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Horses

Even the most docile, even tempered horse can turn on people who may remind them of a bad experience. They will begin to weave side to side when they are bored, and two motives for aggression is perception of being dominate or fear. There are two reasons horses will bite, kick, jaw swinging, or nudging, and they are either they are afraid of you, or improperly trained.

On a regular basis the horse should be brushed, combed, sponged, and get their hoofs cleaned.Usually if your horse will not drink and it is winter look in their water bucket. When they see ice floating in their water it is like us seeing a fly in our soup.

There are some shrubs that is toxic to a horse and they are:
yews
ornamental evergreen
oleander
red maple
black walnut
black locust
lantana

There are some plants that are toxic for a horse and they are:
yellow star thistle
bracken fern
rhododendron
fox glove azalea
black and mountain laurel
fiddle neck
jimsonweed
castor bean
St. johns wort
sorghum

Some signs of plant poisoning is:
colic
purging
dry mouth
excessive saliva
diahrhea
convulsions
weakness
dilated pupils

A 1000 pound horse can eat 10-20 pounds of hay a day. Grass and hay is most of their diet. Riding lessons are needed to learn how to ride a horse properly. You will learn where to pat the horse, how to mount, and dismount, how to hold the reigns, basic steering, leading , and usually the first command you learn is how to stop the horse.