Why Do Horses Have Manes? by Elizabeth MacLeodWhy do horses let people ride them? What did horses look like millions of years ago? Can horses really sleep standing up? Veteran childrens author Elizabeth MacLeod answers these and dozens of other horsey questions in this ultimate companion book for young horse lovers. Like Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses and Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?, the question-and-answer format makes this book perfect both for browsing and for school-project research. Kids dont need to own or ride a horse to love this book, as it is not about riding but instead showcases the horse as a fascinating animal.
Humans and horses have shared a long history together and this book covers it all:
? When Horses Flew: famous horses, prehistoric horses, legendary horses, horse lore and facts
? Pintos, Percherons and Palominos: breeds, ponies vs. horses, wild horses, horses around the world, weird horses
? The Mane Tale: the many quirks of horse bodies and behavior
? Straight from the Horses Mouth: horse language, horse expressions, hero horses, horse whisperers
What's the Deal With... Horse Manes?
This cute pony best take his lovely locks and run if he sees me coming. Photo: Photos. And take your horse with you. Posted by Michelle N. Anderson, TheHorse.
Have you ever wondered why horses have a mane? We often learn as children that male lions have manes to look bigger and more intimidating to their rivals but the reason horses have a mane is much less clear-cut! But by looking at the manes of wild animals, we can see that this is not in fact very likely. Horses are not the only ungulate with a mane. In fact quite a few other hoofed mammals have manes too!
Unfortunately, a lot of hair growth is determined by genetics as in humans so your Thoroughbred is probably never going to have a mane as thick as his Welsh pony counterpart. However, most horses can grow stronger and longer manes and tails with the right care. So how fast do manes and tails actually grow?
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Is it Cruel to Pull a Horse's Mane?
Pulling a horse's mane, as most of you I'm sure already know, basically involves pulling out sections of hair using a small metal comb, in order to make it shorter, thinner and neater. And I can't deny it, I think a horse with a well pulled name looks extremely smart, and of course, it makes plaiting easier too.
The mane is the hair that grows from the top of the neck of a horse or other equine , reaching from the poll to the withers , and includes the forelock or foretop. It is thicker and coarser than the rest of the horse's coat, and naturally grows to roughly cover the neck. Heredity plays a role, giving some horses a longer, thicker mane, and others a shorter, thinner one. Some horses, such as those used in circuses or in mounted displays such as Cavalia , have manes allowed to grow down to their knees. Others have their manes deliberately shaved completely off for style or practical purposes. When ungroomed, however, the mane usually grows no longer than the width of the horse's neck, as natural wear and tear limit its potential length.