“I would like to share with you, a video created & sung by my beautiful friend & fellow animal warrior, Louise du Toit. Louise has the voice of an angel with a heart of pure gold, a truly compassionate humanitarian, who I am honoured to call a friend”
This is a song which I wrote for the wild horses of Australia, the Brumbies. It was initiated by my friend, Vahana Hilke Eitner, and based on an original poem by Laura Kett. The beautiful brumbies can supported through HOOFS2010 Inc – a wonderful non-profit Australian organisation dedicated to protect them, tirelessly working towards their ultimate survival. The link to their website is the following: http://www.hoofs2010.com
Many of you might already be familiar with the following facts, but here is something to fill you with even more admiration for the wonderful creature called the horse (Equus ferus caballus)…a hooved (ungulate) mammal and a subspecies of the family Equidae.
THE SENSES OF A HORSE
The horse’s senses are generally SUPERIOR to those of a human.
As prey animals, they must be aware of their surroundings at all times.
They have the largest eyes of any land mammal, and are lateral-eyed, meaning that their eyes are positioned on the sides of their heads.This means that horses have a range of vision of more than 350°, with approximately 65° of this being binocular vision and the remaining 285° monocular vision.
Horses have excellent day and night vision, but they have two-color, or dichromatic vision; their color vision is somewhat like red-green color blindness in humans, where certain colors, especially red and related colors, appear more green.
Their hearing is good and the pinna of each ear can rotate up to 180°, giving the potential for 360° hearing without having to move the head.
Their sense of smell, while much better than that of humans, is not their strongest asset; they rely to a greater extent on vision.
Horses have a great sense of balance, due partly to their ability to feel their footing and partly to highly developed PROPRIOCEPTIVE abilities (the unconscious sense of where the body and limbs are at all times).
A horse’s sense of touch is well developed. The most sensitive areas are around the eyes, ears, and nose. Horses sense contact as subtle as an insect landing anywhere on the body.
Horses have an advanced sense of taste that allows them to sort through fodder to choose what they would most like to eat, and their prehensile lips can easily sort even the smallest grains. (This is so true, my horse, on the right, will sort through her wet hay to get to the centre & eat the dry hay)
Horses generally will not eat poisonous plants. However, there are exceptions and horses will occasionally eat toxic amounts of poisonous plants even when there is adequate healthy food.
It is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE the way horses are culled; there are more humane way’s to control wild herd sizes, if & when needed!
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