Good horsemanship follows a solid understanding of the horse and it’s physical makeup.  In order to assess the horse’s well-being you need to have good working knowledge of what you’re looking at, and what is hidden by the skin and fur.

A couple weeks ago we began our physical anatomy with Equine 101: Anatomy Part 1: Parts of the Body. Let’s get down to the bare bones and look at the skeltal system of the horse this week.

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Although imperfect, a mashup of a skeleton (pixabay.com) and a horse (wikipedia).

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Let’s try something a little different!

Last week we learned the body parts Equine 101: Anatomy Part 1: Parts of the Body

Now I want to see what you learned!

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With the exception of Mr. Ed horses don’t communicate with words. They learn to understand us over some time but if you want to get to know a horse you must learn their language.

Learning the way horses communicate can save you from injury or bodily harm.  Knowing the signs of pain, fear, and anxiety can save you from damaging your horse.  Communicating effectively with your horse will give you a deeper connection to it so that you have a great mutually rewarding relationship.  Continue reading

I interrupt the usual Equine 101 post with a very important announcement regarding the future of The Green Horseman.

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“Oh my word what is she doing now?”                                                       -Blade

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I told you we were going back to basics last week and here we are.  What better way than to start with the basic foundation of the horse.  The horse’s BODY!

To begin we’ll only discuss the outer body parts and major areas.  In the next few weeks I’ll dive deeper into skeletal, muscular, digestive, etc.

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