Fun Horse Facts for Kids

Polk Reading with Rescues Program at at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

Hey, it’s Patsy, back in the saddle here at Tuesday’s Horse.

School is in full swing. How about some horse facts for kids first?

Horse Facts for Kids

• Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

• Horses can run shortly after birth.

• Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.

• A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.

• Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.

• Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.

• Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).

• Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.

• Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.

• Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).

• The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).

• Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.

• Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.

• A male horse is called a stallion.

• A female horse is called a mare.

• A young male horse is called a colt.

• A young female horse is called a filly.

• Ponies are small horses.

Source: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/horse.html. More about ponies at http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/pony.html.

Did you know . . . ?

All Thoroughbred racehorses no matter when they foal share the same birthday, January 1st, in the Northern Hemisphere, and August 1st, in the Southern Hemisphere. In the first year of their lives they are referred to as yearlings.

Here is a cool video for children of all ages. I learned some things I’d never heard, and I’ve around horses since I was a wee lassie. Turn the sound down before you hit play. It can be kinda loud.

Next up . . . .

Reading with Rescues

The featured image I chose for this post is from the Polk Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida. I wanted so much to tell you about them.

The Hope Equine Rescue is where neglected, abused and simply unwanted horses, ponies, miniature horses and even donkeys are taken into care and rehabilitated, The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida tell us, plus something very special they do there, called Reading with Rescues:

Mary Shields is a saddle fitter by trade, working with show horses and riders, but runs the center’s Reading with Rescues program.

“It teaches the kids multiple things,” Shields said, the sun starting to dip low on the horizon and painting the barns in a golden light. “They learn how to speak in front of a crowd because horses don’t judge if they misspeak or mispronounce a word — they don’t laugh. Moms and dads will come and read with them. It fosters a love of reading for the kids.”

Shields said that last year, one boy had to read the entire U.S. Constitution, so he brought out a copy and read it to one of the rescues.

“Our horses are very educated,” she laughed.

From the Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

Source: https://www.theledger.com/news/20190915/polk-reading-with-rescues-program-allows-kids-to-interact-with-horses »

Isn’t that the coolest? Be back with you soon. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. — Patsy

The Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes

Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes by Brandi Doming.

My most favourite vegan chef is Richa Hingle, known to the world as Vegan Richa. Hot on her heels is another tremendous vegan chef, Brandi Doming, or The Vegan 8 (the 8 representing that her recipes contain 8 ingredients or less).

I discovered The Vegan 8 on Instagram and fell in love with Doming’s baked goods — me being the obsessed baker that I am. I would rather bake than cook any day. Truly my great love besides family and animals is baking.

Today I want to feature a cupcake recipe that is particularly dear to my heart. It’s a vanilla cupcake recipe made with rice flour and no oil. This is melt in your mouth vegan heaven.

Here’s what it looks like on Instagram. I list the ingredients just below that. There are some ingredients that are not likely to be on your shelf, vegan or not, so I am putting Amazon links to them.

Vegan 8 Vanilla Cupcakes

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I have a friend's birthday 🎉this weekend and thought I'd share what I'm making…these BEST WHITE VANILLA CUPCAKES! I enjoy baking for others immensely. I have been baking since I was a kid and it’s a way I like to express my love and appreciation for people I care about. ❤️ If you are looking for the absolute best cupcakes you ever sunk your teeth into, these are IT my friends. ALL 5 ⭐️ star reviews on the blog. (See readers remakes and reviews in my stories!) You can see just how light, fluffy and cloud-like that texture is! This was one of my most tested recipes of all-time for that TRUE cupcake texture. Cupcakes should be light, soft, tender and FLUFFY. I am very picky and don’t want my cupcake to be dense and wet looking or tasting. This can happen often with vegan baking, especially gluten-free, but I cracked the code on these babies and they are light as air. They are both GLUTEN-FREE & OIL-FREE (there is a cake flour version noted though if you aren't gluten-free), but you'd never in a million years guess it. Link to recipe in profile! https://thevegan8.com/vegan-gluten-free-vanilla-cupcakes/ #bakersofinstagram #vegancupcakes #vanillacupcakes #veganbaking #veganbaker

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Ingredients

Buttercream Frosting

» Go here for Directions

(Don’t worry about clicking the link above. This site is totally cool. It’s not one of those that bombards you with pop ups and ads jumping up and down so you can barely scroll or read anything. Hate ’em!)

These are the dreamiest cupcakes ever. They are wonderful for bridal showers, baby showers, christenings and more.

If it helps regarding keeping some non standard ingredients around, I do a monthly order on Amazon for things I don’t find easily in neighborhood grocery stores. I get items that can stay good on the shelf for a decent amount of time.

Shop The Vegan 8 and Vegan Richa Cookbooks

Last but certainly not least is The Vegan 8 Cookbook. You will not try to make one recipe, get frustrated and put it on a shelf to collect dust.

and

Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen cookbook.
Buy It Now! At Amazon.com.

Bye for now dear ones. See you again real soon with some harvest inspired recipes. It’s almost that time. Hooray!

Love y’all bunches. Patsy.

Updated 3:31 pm

Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Galloping wild horse herd. (Stock Photo)

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

Please join The Cloud Foundation with us. Call your U.S. Senators using the following script. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail.

Script:

1. Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in _______________. My phone # is ______________. (Give all that info upfront for simplicity)

2. I am asking Senator _____________ to vote AGAINST funding the Dept. of Interior Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2020, which includes the Livestock Lobby/ASPCA/HSUS plan to remove over 100,000 wild horses and burros from public lands in the next 10 yrs. Our wild herds are protected by federal law and should be managed ON THE RANGE, not warehoused at tax-payer expense.

3. Again my name is ______________________, from ____(town)______. Thank you for the opportunity to weigh in.

 *  *  *  *

Find your Senator’s phone number here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Not sure who your senators are? Find here: https://whoismyrepresentative.com

BACKGROUND

The disastrous “management” plan that calls for the removal of over 100,000 wild horses and burros from the range over the next decade will soon be up for Senate approval in the Fiscal Year 2020 Interior spending bill.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plan, The Cloud Foundation responded in depth to the proposing organizations. Read it here.

More “Big Lick” trainers suspended; take action

I'm Mayhem competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration.

In a commentary published on June 10, 2019 in The Daily Herald Newspaper of Columbia, TN, CCABLAC (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) Founder Clant M. Seay writes concerning flagrant horse soring in Tennessee Walking Horse competitions:

It’s not “a few bad apples; rather the entire barrel of apples is rotten. The “Big Lick” is no better than dog fighting and cock fighting. All who practice or support it are guilty because animal cruelty is absolutely necessary to create and maintain the “Big Lick” gait. There was no truce over Civil Rights in America, nor will there be a truce over “Big Lick” animal cruelty. Horses do not have a voice, so we protest for them until the “Big Lick” animal cruelty no longer exists.

More recently, in a post published on September 11, 2019, Seay informs us:

ALL top three Celebration Trainer BOYZ — Mr. Rodney Dick, Mr. Herbert Derickson and Mr. Gary Edwards — are about to go on USDA Federal Suspension for alleged “HORSE SORING” (“Big Lick” Animal Cruelty to ‘Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses), along with the Walking Horse Trainers Association “Trainer Of The Year”, Mr. Phillip Trimble, it sure looks like the whole bowl is chock full of “bad apples”.

Seay had already reported Dick’s suspension:

World Grand Champion “Big Lick” Trainer BOYZ Mr. Rodney Dick upholds “Tennessee Tradition” of going on the USDA federal suspension list for alleged “horse soring” shortly after the conclusion of this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.

In the face of the continued failure of the current law to effectively protect the Tennessee Walking Horse from soring, how can the U.S. Senate fail to pass current legislation that will effectually end it?

S.1007 — The PAST Act of 2019

S.1007 currently has 45 cosponsors. We need a minimum of 60 to give this bill a glimmer of hope. More would be a huge advantage. Why?

A U.S. Senator (possibly more than one; the Clerk wouldn’t specify) has put a “hold” on S.1007 in order to prevent the bill from getting a vote. 60 Senators are required to invoke cloture, a procedure used to break a hold and get a bill its rightful vote by the full Senate.

Action to Take

Type up what you want to say. Go to Senate.gov and find your two Senators. If you don’t know who they are there’s a drop down box where you can sort by State. Click on their links to go to their pages. Click on the email link. Copy and paste your message. Send.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You will need to know your Senators’ names before calling.

Speak from the heart. This will impress your lawmakers more than anything else. If you have any questions email us at info@horsefund.org or ask us in comments below.

The House version of this bill passed 333-96 due to your participation and hard work. Let’s rid these horses of the extreme cruelty of soring.

Thank you.


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Rodney Dick competing in the 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration on this year’s 2019 Grand Champion, I’m Mayhem.  Photographer Unknown.