Questions for Study and Discussion
Updated: Nov 8
In the second printing of my book, “Insight to Equus”, I have these questions at the end. Most of the answers to these are found throughout the 256 pages.
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Why does showing up with animals in a curious way make a difference in their reactions?
What are some ways you can engage with animals in a curious manner?
Thinking like a horse as much as you can, is it possible for them to "have fun" with us?
In what kind of environment or situations do horses feel "playful"?
What is the difference between an invitation, request and demand?
How do animals behave when they want to be with you versus when they are required to be with you?
Is it possible for horses to "choose" to work with us by choice, or do they just want to go eat grass?
How much time do most people spend with their horses versus their dogs or other pets? Is it just because horses are too big to come in the house?
When horses have all their "basic needs" met, what does it feel like when they still want to be with you?
Are you able to offer them something more than food, water, safety, friends and space?
How do you ask your animals about your ideas to help them?
How can you tell If you misunderstood their answers? How long should you try new ideas with animals that are used to living a certain way?
Why do some people prefer being with animals more than other people?
Do you know anyone that lives only with animals and not with other people?
Why or why wouldn't it be important for horses to have enough space to run at a full sprint?
If a 450 kg horse lives in 3 meter x 3 meter stall 4 meters tall (36 cubic meters), what would be a comparative amount of cubic space for a 70 kg person?
An average family of four 70 kg people (280 kg total weight) lives in a 600 cubic meter house. How many cubic meters of "house" would four horses (1800 kg total weight) live in comparatively?
What are important differences in people and horses that make such comparisons relevant or not?
What happens to a horse's ability to thermoregulate when wearing a blanket?
Why do some horses stand in one spot, even when they have a large space to live in?
Do horses "like" being in stalls? Why or why not?
Why do some people want their horses to have their "own space"?
Why do horses want to be with other horses?
What movements do you see horses making around other horses versus when they are with people?
Do horses move their bodies differently with and without a human rider?
How does physical movement protect the body against disease and disability?
What is meant by "quality of movement"? What happens to tissues that lack movement?
What happens to the ground when a horse steps down? What happens to the hoof and leg?
Why do hooves get flat when horses live on hard flat ground?
What is the natural process called that keeps hooves from getting overgrown and infected?
What is the difference in the shape of a self-trimmed versus tool-trimmed hoof?
How many calories does a horse burn when self-trimming versus being trimmed with tools?
What is happening when skin develops a callous?
How can you put the same kind of terrain underneath a horse with sick hooves every step they take?
What is the difference between grass pasture intended for production animals versus grass grown to maintain a certain body condition long term?
How would you design a system to feed individual animals their specialized supplements?
Why would tap water in some locations be a problem for drinking or washing?
How do you find out if there's any cases of a certain disease in your area?
How do you know if a vaccine is "working"? Why are flu vaccines so popular, yet ineffective?
How can you determine if your horses need vaccinations every year, every two years, or every five or more years, or ever again in their lifetime?
Would giving a vaccine labeled for IM (intramuscular) injection subcutaneously (under the skin) be safe and effective? How can you find out?
Why would a vaccine not "work" in a stressed animal? How about in a very young or very old animal?
How can you reduce the use of chemical fly sprays around your horses?
Why would eliminating every intestinal parasite be a good or bad idea?
How can you communicate in a successful way with your trimmer if your horses are sore after trimming?
Why are pads inside hard-soled hoof boots helpful for any horse?
How does keeping toe length shorter help improve the shape of hooves with under run heels?
How does the circulation to the hoof change when the heel is high or artificially raised?
Why would a horse kick dirt ahead of their feet when walking or trotting?
How can you tell if a horse is landing toe first, heel first or flat?
As a steel shoe prevents hoof capsule torque, what happens to other structures in the foot, leg or body?
In what situations would soaking hooves be helpful or therapeutic?
Where does the moisture inside hoof material come from?
Which teeth are most often out of balance in domestic equines, and why?
What can be done to help domestic horses use their teeth in a healthy way?
What does "floating" the teeth mean?
What happens to the front teeth over time if not addressed?
When using power tools on teeth, what are the potential dangers?
Why does air inside the mouth during heavy exercise interfere with breathing through the nose?
How can you teach a horse to ride in a halter instead of a bitted bridle?
Why is it important to share your ideas and what you're learning with other people?
How do you find out which people are good listeners that want to hear all about your ideas?
What do you differently with horses now versus last year? Five years ago?
Do animals make appointments or have certain things on their agenda each day? Each season?
What ideas do you have for improving the quality of life for your animals?
How about ideas for improving your quality of life?
Do you feel worthy of having a fun life?