A Horse Who Loves To Paint !!

Some unusual art is on display in Citrus County, but it’s not the paintings, themselves, that are unusual. It’s who painted them.

Cheryl Ward said she considers herself an assistant to the artists, who paint in what she calls an “abstract expressionist” style.
She pours the paint and sets up the canvases, and her four horses do the rest…“They absolutely love to take the brush in their teeth, and move it up and down the canvas,” Ward said.“It’s a collaboration between horse and human,” Ward said. “I was blown away by how much fun it was, and how they came out.”

When the paintings are done, Ward puts them up for sale. Some have sold for as much as $3,000. The horses’ artwork can be found on the walls of the Florida Artist Gallery, in Floral City.

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How To Care For A Miniature Horse

Miniature horses can make excellent pets, but much like their larger counterparts, miniature horses require extensive care. If you’re considering one for a pet, you must seriously weigh the investment of time, money, space and physical work involved in the care of a miniature horse or pony.

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Step 1
Provide running space. A miniature horse is a pet that requires room to roam. You must have a securely fenced pasture with at least two acres of accessible roaming area. The pasture must be grassy and free from excessive muck or stagnant water for optimum pet health.
Step 2
Supply shelter. A three-sided weather shelter or barn stall with open door must be available to keep your pet safe from sudden, unexpected storms when you’re away. Muck shelters and stalls daily and supply with fresh straw.
Step 3
Feed your pet well. When raising miniature horses, you must feed them quality hay as the majority of their diet. In addition, grains can comprise up to 10% of their dietary needs and you can provide the occasional healthy snack as a treat.
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How To Buy Your First Horse

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Step 1
etermine your purpose for buying a horse. For example, do you want to jump or ride trails, ride for pleasure or for competition?
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Choose the type of horse best suited for that purpose. For example, a racehorse may not adjust well to life on the trail.
Step 3
Find a horse by visiting a horse breeder or local stable. Ask professional trainers for information on where to look for a horse. Examine ads in horse breeding and riding magazines.
Step 4
Seek help from a professional trainer when selecting a horse.
Step 5
Obtain a prepurchase exam from a veterinarian

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DNA Mechanism That Prevents Two Species From Reproducing Discovered

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When two populations of a species become geographically isolated from each other, their genes
diverge from one another over time.

Cornell researchers have discovered a genetic mechanism in fruit flies that prevents two closely related species from reproducing, a finding that offers clues to how species evolve.
Eventually, when a male from one group mates with a female from the other group, the offspring will die or be born sterile, as crosses between horses and donkeys produce sterile mules. At this point, they have become two distinct species.
Now, Cornell researchers report in the October issue of Public Library of Science Biology (Vol. 7, No. 10) that rapidly evolving “junk” DNA may create incompatibilities between two related species, preventing them from reproducing. In this case, the researchers studied crosses between closely related fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster and D. simulans. Nearly 100 years ago, scientists discovered that when male D. melanogasters mate with female D. simulans, normal males survive, but the female embryos die.
“It has remained an unsolved problem,” said Patrick Ferree, the paper’s lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of co-author Daniel Barbash, an assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics. “The question is, what are the elements that are killing these female hybrids and how are they doing that?”
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Poe:World's Tallest Horse

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He’s ten feet tall with his head upright, weighs 3,000lb, and stands at 20.2 hands at the shoulder.So is Poe the Clydesdale the world’s tallest horse?His diminutive owner Shereen Thompson thinks so – and said she wants to ‘get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible’.

Poe stands 6ft 8.75in (80.8in) from hoof to shoulder. That is taller than the current tallest horse Remington, who was declared the official Guinness World Record holder only last week at 80in in Princeton, Texas.
Living on Ms Thompson’s working farm in Tupperville, Ontario, ten-year-old Poe stands ready to inch above his rivals.’We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible,’ said Ms Thompson – who is dwarfed by her gentle giant, who towers over her 5ft 3in,120lb frame.

‘We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents that the people in London want to see.
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Poe:World's Tallest Horse

WTH 2

He’s ten feet tall with his head upright, weighs 3,000lb, and stands at 20.2 hands at the shoulder.So is Poe the Clydesdale the world’s tallest horse?His diminutive owner Shereen Thompson thinks so – and said she wants to ‘get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible’.

Poe stands 6ft 8.75in (80.8in) from hoof to shoulder. That is taller than the current tallest horse Remington, who was declared the official Guinness World Record holder only last week at 80in in Princeton, Texas.
Living on Ms Thompson’s working farm in Tupperville, Ontario, ten-year-old Poe stands ready to inch above his rivals.’We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible,’ said Ms Thompson – who is dwarfed by her gentle giant, who towers over her 5ft 3in,120lb frame.

‘We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents that the people in London want to see.
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All You Wish To Know About Paso Fino Breed Of Horse

Renowned for its unique four-beat gait, the Paso Fino was a result of interbreeding the Spanish Jennet, Barb, and Andalusian horses. This gave the Paso Fino its smooth gait, intelligence, liveliness, endurance and beautiful form.

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Physical Characteristics
The Paso Fino is an attractive medium-sized horse with a small head and widely-spaced eyes. Its shoulders slope down and its withers — the area between the shoulder blades — are clean and of varying lengths. The Paso Fino’s legs, meanwhile, are strong, sleek, and accented with small hooves. Many Paso Finos also have unusually large manes and tails.

Much to the delight of its riders, the gait of the Paso Fino is extremely smooth; this gait is divided into three paces: classico fino, paso largo, and paso corto. Classico Fino is a slow forward movement. Paso Largo is the horse’s fastest pace. Paso Corto is equivalent to a trot and is the most graceful of all the paces.

Personality and Temperament
The Paso Fino is a kind and gentle horse. Its docile temperament makes it an excellent show horse, good for saddle riding, too. The Paso Fino is also very loyal and fond of its master.

History and Background
It is believed the horses used on Columbus’ second voyage to the “New World” over 500 years ago were Andalusians, Spanish Barbs from North Africa, and the smooth-gaited Spanish Jennets (a now extinct breed). Centuries of selective breeding by those who colonized the Caribbean and Latin America produced a variety of horse breeds known for their stamina, smooth gait and beauty; among these breeds is the Paso Fino. Initially popular in Puerto Rico and Colombia, the Paso Fino was later brought to many other Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Venezuela.

The Paso Fino developed in Puerto Rico was a classy show horse, which very much resembled the Spanish Jennet. After they were brought to the United States from Puerto Rico in the mid-1940s, horse fanciers seeking to enhance the Paso Fino imported other similar versions from Latin America for crossbreeding, thus resulting in the modern American Paso Fino.

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