Horse Is Ready To Give Up And Die, When Camera Catches Unlikely Hero Save Its Life [Video]
If you are a horse lover you are just going to love this video we found. A wild horse had her hind hoof entangled in her mane and was unable to get to her feet. Her foal stayed by her side, prancing around to draw attention to her until some men were able to render aid.
This video, shot on the Loughor Estuary in Gower, South Wales, shows two men approach the incapacitated mare, and then gently untangle her hoof from her mane. After a brief period of calming down and catching her breath, she is up on her feet and off with her baby by her side. You are going to love this video.
This story about humans and horses working together got us to thinking about the long relationship our two species have enjoyed.
The relationship between humans and horses is a long and complex story that begins between five and six thousand years ago, when they were first domesticated and broadly adopted for use.
The modern horse is descended from an extinct species from about fifty million years ago called Eohippus. This forerunner of Trigger and Seabiscuit had multiple toes and was about the size of a large dog or small deer.
Interestingly, scientists have demonstrated that the modern horse arose in North America and then spread to Asia and Europe, only to become extinct here around ten thousand years ago. Horses were then reintroduced by European explorers and colonists in the sixteenth century.
Today, there over 600 acknowledged breeds of horse who are trained to do everything from pulling carts to elaborate dance maneuvers. They are usually classified as ‘cold bloods’, useful as draft animals, ‘hot bloods’, that have great speed and agility, and ‘warm bloods’, which are often used for breeding riding horses.
The largest breed recognized is the massive Shire. This enormous horse can stand seventy inches at the shoulder and weigh close to two thousand pounds.
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Horses, like dogs, have been the go-to companion animals for our forbearer. Following human migratory patterns, horses can now be found in every part of the world except Antarctica. In many parts of the world, including the American west, Horses can be found living in the wild.
They are not actually “wild” horses, just domesticated horses that are living ferally. The only true wild horse left in existence is the Przewalski’s Horse. Its range once stretched from Manchuria to the Iberian Peninsula. Today it is an endangered species, but its numbers are on the rise, thanks to conservation efforts.
Horses only eat vegetation such as grass, oats, barley and hay. But they eat a lot of it. A healthy horse will eat about one to two percent of its body weight everyday. So that’s what they mean when they say “he eats like a horse!”
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