Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
This horse is taking none of your shit.
Zack and Gilbert-Best friends!!!
How do horses feel about having their manes pulled?
A brilliant recent study by MSc student Louise Nicholls found that horses are unsurprisingly pretty stressed by the process. Louise compared the heart rates and behaviour of 20 horses having their manes pulled or touched.
The results showed that the horses mean heart rates were significantly higher when they had their manes pulled than when their manes were touched. The horses also had higher mean heart rates when the mane pulling was started at the poll working down, than at the withers working up.
The horses also moved far more when their manes were pulled compared to mane touching e.g. ears back, standing alert, licking and chewing, a high neck position, head tossing, mouth tight and tail swishing and clamping - indicating they experienced discomfort or pain at the process being performed.
While the horse’s stress and discomfort may seem obvious to many horse owners, this appears to be the first time the effects of mane pulling has been studied - so a huge well done to Louise for raising awareness on this subject. I wouldn’t like to have my hair pulled out forcibly either! Time to find another way to keep manes tidy - or just leave them as nature intended.
Huge thanks to Louise for sharing her study findings.
My mare loves having her mane pulled, combed, scratched etc etc. Loves it.
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Apparently this is a broodmare at a local ranch and her breed is “some sort of draft horse”.
"some sort of trainwreck with Cushing’s and a head longer than her neck."
Her pain is clearly evident even though this is a still. :(
So I wonder why the farrier has rasped off much of the dorsal surface of that left front? (Looks like the right front too but not as obvious).
Spiders with water droplet hats are something I really needed to know about.