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In the wild, it will eat the food around it and then move to a new area to find more. Survival When a zebra runs from a lion, it is using its natural instinct for survival. The horse has the same “fright and flight” response to danger, even after domestication. So don’t be surprised if a horse runs away from something unusual without stopping to decide if it is really dangerous. Reproduction Another instinct of the horse is to reproduce. Even when a domestic mare or stallion is not being used for breeding, its reproductive system is still active.

Proper shoeing takes time. The best farrier will probably not be the quickest or the cheapest. Clenches are in a straight line and not through the old holes Toe clip fits neatly into the hoof Shoe is flush with the hoof Nails are the correct size to fit the shoe 5 8 NATURAL BALANCE SHOEING A natural balance shoe is shaped differently at the toe than a traditional horseshoe and is set back beneath the hoof. The goal is that the point of breakover— where, during movement, the foot rotates as the heels start to lift— should be underneath the foot rather than at the tip of the toe.

47 48 GENERAL CARE HANDLING A HORSE How you first approach and handle a horse will affect everything else that follows. If you make a horse nervous, it will be suspicious of even the most routine action. Walk up to it steadily, as if you expect it to stand still and wait for you. If it turns away, stand still and wait until it turns around again and is approachable. Talk to the horse all the time, so that it can hear who you are, and reassure it in a friendly tone of voice, rather than give it orders.

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