If you horse’s ears are standing up, is usually indicates that they’re content. This is a relatively passive sign and occurs when the horse is relaxed, too.
2. Ears pointing forward.
When the ears are aimed forwards like little radars, your horse is attentive. Your horse is ready to work, or it may have spotted something that it wants to know more about.
3. Ears are back.
Your horse may be anxious or afraid if its ears are pointed backwards. You’ll notice ears in this position when a horse is spooked.
4. Ears pinned back and down.
When the ears are pinned back and against the head, your horse is in an aggressive mood. Horses like this are dangerous, and they’re trying to tell you that they’re ready to confront anyone that opposes them.
5. Snaking the head.
If your horse lowers its head and swings it side to side, they’re trying to intimidate something or someone else. This should be considered a warning flag; it may turn into more overt aggressive behaviour.
Horses sometimes lift a hoof and stomp it back into the ground. This indicated that the horse is irritated. The degree of irritation can by more difficult to know, sometimes a horse will stomp because is it being annoyed by a fly. Keep watch and make sure the behaviour doesn’t escalate.
7. Teeth clacking.
Submissive horse will push their heads forwards and click there teeth. This happens most often in foals, who are weaker than other horses and often try to avoid confrontation. The signal means that the horse doesn’t want a confrontation and is willing to accept the other horse’s leadership.
8. Flaring nostrils.
Horse flare their nostrils to breathe in more oxygen. It keeps them alert and allows them to be more responsive to situations. You’ll see this when your horse is being exercised, but you may also see it when the horse is being particularly attentive or thinks there may be a threat nearby.
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10 Offices of the Famous and Successful
Al Gore, with an enormous pile of documents covering his desk.
The desk of Albert Einstein, who famously suggested that an empty desk reflected a blank mind.
Painter Jackson Pollock in his workspace.
Barack Obama in his community office before entering politics.
Martin Luther King Jr in an office full of books.
Chef & presenter Nigella Lawson amongst a very full collection of publications.
Obama after being elected president, his feet resting on the famous desk of the oval office.
The office and desk of Ray Eames, the designer of the famous Eames Chair.
Steve Jobs working from him home office.
Musical writer Susan Sontag at a desk full of ideas.
Comedian, writer and producer Tina Fey in a very cluttered space.
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Retired Military Funeral Horse Looks for New Home
Quincy, a beautiful 11 year old quarter horse, was highly trained for a very specific role in the US military.
It was his job to pull the coffins of deceased soldiers.
There was no rider, Quincy, along with another horse, were trained to pull the coffin alone. The horses that performed this task were part of the Caisson Platoon.
But after a life of honourable service, he developed lameness in his front feet and had to retire.
He was known to be ‘loving and enthusiastic towards visitors and especially children,’ and there were concerns that Quincy would miss the work he had spent his life doing.
The vetting process was intense, with an expert level of knowledge in horse welfare required by the adopter.
Quincy has since found a new home and can live the rest of his days in leisure.
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