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WE WILL BE FILING LAWSUITS STARTING IN JULY, 2014. THE FIRST LAWSUITS WILL BE FILED STARTING WITH THOSE WHO HAVE BROKEN OUR ADOPTION CONTRACTS.

ANYONE WHO HAS SOLD OR MOVED THEIR HORSES WITHOUT CONTACTING US WITHIN THE 2 YEAR CONTRACT WILL RANDOMLY RECEIVE A NOTICE FOR LAWSUIT STARTING AFTER JULY 2014.

ANYONE WHO HAS STARVED OR NEGLECTED ONE OF OUR HORSES WHILE UNDER CONTRACT WILL BE CONTACTED FOR APPOINTMENT TO VIEW THE HORSE. IF A HORSE HAS BEEN MOVED WITHOUT CONTACTING US, WE WILL BE SENDING YOU A NOTICE FOR LAWSUIT.

WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANYONE BREAKING THE ADOPTION CONTRACTS AND WILL ENFORCE ALL VIOLATIONS!!!

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Ted Koran WTSP

HOW DARE YOU TED KORAN!!!

Why would ANYONE trust you to tell the truth? You have burnt that bridge with CHANNEL 10 NEWS. YOU, Ted Koran, LIED on national television about DERR. There was NO investigation. The investigation entailed the lies told by YOU, KAREN KORAN, SANDY WOODS, CARRIE YOUNG, MARYANN TOBIN, AND NIKKI TOBIN.

If you recall Ted Koran, you posted a picture trying to convince the public that it was a before and after pictures of Shia. You publically stated on national television, with fake alligator tears, that we starved Shia to death. BUT what YOU failed to tell Mike Deeson or the public is that the picture you were holding was NOT just a picture of Shia. It was a picture of Shia when he arrived in our care and a picture of another horse named Sonny who came in emaciated. You made the comparison stating the pictures were a before and after of Shia and we had starved Shia to death.

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TED KORAN YOU ARE A LIAR!!!

I have documents from both the sheriff’s department and animal control where YOU, TED KORAN, admitted to feeding ALL of our horses grain in the sand at the back corner of our fence line where you were out of sight.

DOCUMENTS BELOW ON TED KORAN FEEDING HORSES IN THE SAND

https://dominoeffectexaminer.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/the-truth-about-ted-koran-series-3-ted-koran-admits-to-feeding-our-horses-in-the-sand/

The evening before we lost Shia, we had 2 horses colic at the same time because of YOUR negligence Ted Koran. Bob worked with Shia the entire night and lost HIM the next morning around 7:30 am. YOU called Animal Control and they were at our gates by 8:00 am. It was documented by Animal Control that Shia was a healthy, 1600 pound horse at death. Animal Control was the first one to notice that YOU, TED KORAN, had used Sonny’s picture as a comparison with Shia.

Sandy Woods played the dramatic neighbor screaming and crying that Bob was “the devil’s advocate.” Remember, she was the dying lady with all the cats you took in to draw attention to yourself and shower you with donations for doing a good deed. Of course, this was before you kicked her out on the street and told everyone that she died. I notice she’s still alive and kicking, 3 years later, LOL.

Maryann Tobin wrote a series of articles the fall before the Channel 10 News broadcast. Her and her daughter, Nikki Tobin, were determined to seek revenge after they were unable to get free horses. Maryann Tobin first had us cited for NOT being registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Bob registered and unknowingly answered a question wrong regarding a felony record in his past. Maryann Tobin then turned us in to DOA to have us violated for submitting information incorrectly. We advised DOA of the mistake we had made. They were very helpful in instructing us on how to properly answer and complete this form.

Maryann Tobin used this mistake on our behalf as an opportunity to broadcast against us to ruin our reputation. Two days after Mike Deeson’s broadcast, we had ALL of our paperwork in order and we were legal. They actually prorated our applications, so that we were NEVER without our license during this change. Mike Deeson knew we were in the process of fixing this error, but jumped on the bandwagon to boost his ratings.

EVERYONE PUT ON A GREAT SHOW AND THE VIDEO WAS REMARKABLE.

https://dominoeffectexaminer.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/teds-tales-of-tails/

Ted was choking back tears, Nikki looked like she lost her best friend. Carrie says “It just makes you want to cry” and Sandy is screaming and crying hysterically in the background. If I was a producer, I’d hire them in a heartbeat. An act like this is priceless. GREAT TEAMWORK GUYS!!!

Ted Koran lied on national TV about horses that were starved to death. They posted a picture that one of my volunteers took of Wild Child sunbathing and claimed he was a “dead” horse. The camera man videotaped the horses on our property and everyone was FAT & HEALTHY. Bob answered a question and then the video would cut and go to the next segment where Sandy was screaming dramatically. A video was shown of a horse that was hurt on the owner’s property where her son’s were responsible for loading it in the trailer. NO FACTS, JUST DRAMA!!!

HOW DARE YOU TED KORAN FOR BEING SUCH A LIAR!!!

You state that we have abused and neglected horses for 4 years. WHERE IS YOUR PROOF TED KORAN??? You have been so busy taking pictures of horses that came in emaciated, you forgot to take pictures of the “fat & healthy” horses that have been here for months.

DERR has lost 6 horses out of over 350+ we have brought in to the rescue since 2009.

Ted Koran with The Critter Place has lost 4 horses out of 6 since we met them in 2009.

YOU DO THE MATH!!!

Last summer it was documented that the officers had been called out to our place over 73 times and ALL allegations were unfounded. They have since been called out to our place an additional 25+ times, still all allegations unfounded. They sent their SWAT team out to place cameras on our property to investigate “Ted Koran.” YOU knew these cameras were there and Karen smiled and waived into them every time she passed. Every “investigation” that TED KORAN, CARRIE YOUNG, and their followers have called on us by several different agencies have all been UNFOUNDED!!! We have been investigated by Hernando Animal Control, Code Enforcement, AG officers both county and state. We have had state officials from DOA sent to our gates to investigate to be sure that the county was enforcing their laws properly and still all allegations were UNFOUNDED!!!

Why do you suppose the allegations were UNFOUNDED Ted Koran? Could it be because YOU are a liar???

What are YOU referring to when you mention that Channel 10 News should do a story about the elderly Vietnam Marine Veteran? ARE YOU SERIOUS TED KORAN???

We adopted 2 horses to that “elderly” couple. They assured us that they had a lifetime of experience with horses. He wanted to train Wild Child. First we sent them feed buckets, lead ropes, and a lunge line for them to get started. Bob spent many hours over there repairing the fence line and clearing trees. We worked out a payment arrangement with them towards Wild Child’s adoption fee. They paid us in increments when we needed feed and hay.

The first incident occurred shortly after they adopted Robyn and Wild Child. Robyn was discovered to have been hit in the head with “something.” It was a very hard blow that possibly fractured her skull, since then this area is still distorted 6 months later. They had no idea what happened to Robyn and offered NO vet care for her. Bob had to donate Bute to help Robyn with the pain.

The second incident occurred within a month later. They arrived at our porch one Sunday afternoon when we were entertaining company. They came over to tell us that Wild Child’s legs were swollen. I told her that I would come over later to check his temperature to see if he was possibly suffering from infection and take a heart rate to see how much pain he was experiencing. We arrived over there around 9:00 in the evening after our company had left. Wild Child’s legs were HUGE!!! I had never seen anything like this before. He was running a fever and his heart was racing. He came out and I told him that he needed to get a vet for Wild Child immediately. She freaked out on me. She blamed me for not being there sooner to tell her what to do. I told her, “I am an amateur, surely you can take one look at this horse’s legs and see that the horse is in emergent need for vet care.” She became hysterical calling me names, etc. The vet notified us that he had cellulitis and his skin would have burst had she not been called.

In January we received a call from her. Bob answered the phone. She said “Can you be a good Christian?” Bob said “why?” She said she needed his help right away. We arrived at their front door a few minutes later. She was crying and he was apologizing. She said that he died. We realized that she was talking about Wild Child. Bob went through the house and out the backdoor to find the horse that he had raised for the past 3 years. I followed him out to view the corpse. It was 3:00 in the afternoon and they had just discovered that Wild Child was dead. The body was bloated and his eyes had been plucked out of his skull by buzzards. Wild Child had obviously been dead for at least a day. This told us they definitely had NOT been out to feed either horse that morning or the evening before this. Both horses were thin, neither gaining weight. It was thought they were eating hay only. Wild Child had foam coming out of his nose. Bob called the vet to have Wild Child examined, so that we could have closure to his death. The adopter came out of the house. Him and Bob began to argue. He kept telling Bob to shut up. He told us to leave. Bob told him he was not leaving until the vet showed to examine Wild Child. After heated words between the two of them, the adopter went into his house and came out with a gun. He pointed the gun at Bob and threatened to shoot him. Bob told him “then shoot me because I am not moving until I find out why my horse is dead.” She called the cops on us trying to insinuate danger, even though her husband stood there holding the gun. Unfortunately, Bob mentioned to the cops that he was not scared of the gun, so we could not press charges against him.

The vet arrived later to do a report. She was denied to perform a necropsy, so had to make a visual diagnosis. The foam emanating from his nostrils represented that Wild Child’s lungs continued to function after his heart stopped. She could only ASSUME that he might have had an anaphylaxis shock that caused his heart to stop suddenly.

I believe RVR is better off defending themselves, than to have a publically renowned liar and self-admitted animal abuser trying to speak for them.

***IN MEMORY OF WILD CHILD***

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HOW DARE YOU TED KORAN CONTINUE TO POST LIES ABOUT US TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE’S OPINIONS.

EVERYTIME YOU POST LIES OUT PUBLICALLY ON A SOCIAL NETWORK, I WILL GIVE YOU THE ATTENTION THAT YOU ARE SEEKING.

EVERYTIME YOU LIE TED KORAN–I WILL MATCH YOU WITH THE TRUTH!!!

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Carrie Cease and desist

I recently posted a blog regarding a Social Security Fraud court case against Carrie Young.

https://dominoeffectexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/social-security-fraud-i-dont-have-to-prove-that-i-am-telling-the-truth-you-have-to-prove-that-i-am-lying/

CEASE & DESIST DEFINITION: A cease and desist letter, also known as an “infringement letter” or a “demand letter,”[1] is an order or request that a party halt an activity (“cease”) and not take it up again later (“desist”), else face legal action.[2] The recipient of the letter may be an individual or an organization.

Carrie Young if you wish for someone to cease and desist against you, you first have to be willing to do the same. If YOU would like someone to take down information about YOU, you first must be willing to take down or cease the FALSE information that you have posted about other entities and/or individuals.

FALSE LIGHT DEFINITION: False light is a legal term that refers to a tort concerning privacy that is similar to the tort of defamation. The privacy laws in the United States include a non-public person’s right to privacy from publicity which puts them in a false light to the public; which is balanced against the First Amendment right of free speech.

Carrie Young, I reported a hearing in which I was asked to testify against you. Others were asked to testify, including your vet, employee from Wagon Wheel Feed, and your previous board members.

I merely documented an affiliation with you on this day and felt it my duty to enlighten the public against the lies you have spoken. These lies directly effect your public entity and public awareness was necessary.

I believe you are guilty of this as well when you broadcasted lies against us on Channel 10 News to ruin our reputation. We NEVER committed fraud. We were informed of answering a question wrong and given the proper steps to follow to correct this. YOU and your friends made it YOUR business to make this incident public to ruin our establishment.

(NOTE: Every time YOU post out a criminal record report against someone in attempt to ruin their reputation and/or business, this is also considered “false light.”

DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER DEFINITION: Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

Defamation of Character refers to information that is posted publically to ruin one’s reputation that is FALSE. Have you ever noticed that I always have documentation that I post along with anything I write? I always post the TRUTH and I can always PROVE IT.

On the other hand, defamation of character refers to those who rant and rave on social networks telling lies about individuals, but never having PROOF of what they have posted.

EXAMPLE: Carrie Young posted on her page: “Over a year ago, Domino Effect Rescue ranch was caught posting a flyer at Tractor Supply stating that Ohana Rescue was being investigated for fraud. Really???”

WHERE IS THE FLYER CARRIE YOUNG???

Carrie States: You see, this is not the first time that they have called and placed complaints against Ohana.

WHERE IS ONE DOCUMENT STATING THAT I HAVE TURNED YOU IN TO ANY ORGANIZATION???

Carrie States: Why, some might ask, well because they feel that all their legal issues are due to Ohana calling in complaints against them.

Carrie States: YOU BLAME CARRIE YOUNG FOR ALL YOUR LEGAL ISSUES, DONT YOU, she replied YES, her and her friend.

I NEVER SAID THIS. IN FACT, I STATED JUST THE OPPOSITIE. WHERE IS YOUR DOCUMENTS PROVING THIS??? WHERE ARE THE COURT TRANSCRIPTS OF WHAT I TESTIFIED TO UNDER OATH???

Carrie States: Channel 10 news investigated them, it just goes on and on their troubles.

THE CHANNEL 10 INVESTIGATION WAS INITIATED BY YOU, TED KORAN, & MARYANN TOBIN.


Carrie States:
So I sit alone in my fear of fighting the devil, Domino Effect…I know the Lord is carrying me, but sometimes this battle gets pretty ugly between good and evil.

YOU ARE FIGHTING THIS BATTLE BECAUSE YOU ARE A LIAR AND LIED UNDER OATH!!!

Carrie States: The last thing that the judge said to Dinelle Ashcraft was…DO NOT DISCUSS THIS CASE…..well, we all know that Dinelle is above the law.

THE JUDGE TOLD ME NOT TO DISCUSS THE CASE WITH THE WITNESS’S IN THE WAITING ROOM.

Carrie States: I am being ACCUSED because Dinelle Ashcraft from Domino Effect Rescue spends everyday trying to close down Ohana, while we spend everyday trying to keep it open.

WHERE IS YOUR DOCUMENTATION PROVING THAT I HAVE TURNED YOU IN OR DONE ANYTHING TO SHUT DOWN OHANA RESCUE???

Carrie States: oh yes, the truck that was donated to me, Domino told social security that I was draining the rescue of donations to make the payments on the brand new truck, oh and rumor has it Ohana pays close to 3500.00 a month for this piece of property… all of which I have proof is a lie.

WHERE IS YOUR PROOF CARRIE YOUNG. I HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF YOUR PRIVATE AFFAIRS. NEVER ACCUSED YOU OF ANYTING!!!

Carrie States: So next into this mess, walks a dear friend of Domino, a woman by the name of Hannah Farrell. ( Gentle Souls Rescue) She starts spreading rumors, calling people around the state trying to get others to call in and make false allegations

WHERE ARE YOUR SCREEN SHOTS. I DON’T SEE HANNAH FARRELL STOOPING TO YOUR LEVEL TO CAUSE TROUBLE.

Carrie States: I Carrie Young have lived my life being honest, compassionate, and caring, and I will not stop living my life helping the horses because there are a bunch of trouble makers out there.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU CAN TESTIFY TO THE FACT THAT YOU ARE AN HONEST AND CARING PESON??? YOU LIED UNDER OATH AND I CAN PROVE IT. YOU HAVE HURT MANY PEOPLE WITH YOUR LIES AND LACK OF COMPASSION.

PLEASE REFER BACK TO THE DEFINITION OF DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER: Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

YOU MUST BE LYING IN ORDER TO BE CLASSIFIED AS DEFAMATION


DEFINITION OF STALKING:
the act or an instance of stalking, or harassing another in an aggressive, often threatening and illegal manner: Stalking is now a crime in many states.

Carrie Young is accusing us of stalking for passing by her house. Carrie Young lives on a public road. She was informed that we pass by her home while picking up and delivering horses. THIS IS NOT STALKING, LOL.

DEFINITION OF OFFICIOUS INTERFERENCE: (officious) Assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters:

I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU LYING UNDER OATH OR LYING ON YOUR FB PAGE IS PETTY!!! I DO BELIEVE IT REPRESENTS ONE’S TRUE CHARACTER!

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I left school one afternoon to visit the Appleton Art Museum. The 2-floor building walled with paintings and sculpture captures a glimpse of the past. The collection includes European, Oriental, African, Pre-Colombian, and American fine pieces of art. I took a walk through the entire museum, top to bottom. Among the arts exhibited, I found 4 pieces of art extraordinary.

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The first piece of art that caught my eye was the placard on the wall giving great detail and picture of “The Horse in Motion.” This was a familiar piece, as I had studied this earlier in a college equine course in 2013.

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In the 1880s, Eadweard Muybridge, an English photographer, experimented with motion photography. The human eye cannot distinctly capture the quick movement of the horse’s gait. In 1882, Leland Stanford made a bet that all 4 of the horse’s hooves are off the ground at one time while racing. He hired Eadweard Muybridge to take pictures of the horses to prove his theory. It was difficult to capture an object in motion due to the indistinct images taken by a camera. He set up a row of cameras with a tripwire to trigger the camera. Each camera would capture a split second of the horse in motion as it passed by. The images proved Leland Stanford’s theory true. The horse’s hooves do indeed all leave the ground for a split second while running.

Before Eadweard Muybridge’s discovery, horses were sketched in a rocking-horse style with the legs fully extended in front and back. After Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic series of animal locomotion, horses were seen to have their legs off the ground and tucked under their body. After his study, horses would never be seen the same. Eadweard Muybridge’s discovery of motion photography noted him one of the fathers of motion picture. In the photograph, The Horse in Motion, there are 4 rows with 16 pictures total of black and white photographs of the horse and rider in motion. Each set of pictures shows the horse in a different gait with different phases of foot action.

My love for horses, led me to stand gazing at an absolutely, beautiful sculpture called the Funerary Horse from the Chinese T’ang Dynasty from the period of 1500-1300 B.C. The Funerary Horse was found in the 18th century near the city of Xian in the area of the royal tombs of China’s first emperor, Qinshi.

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The Funerary Horse was made out of ceramic glazed pottery. The sculpture stands about 18 inches high. The horse stands proudly with his head arched. The horse is neighing with a clenched jaw. The horse’s coat is an amber glaze with a white blaze. The horse wears a small saddle and pad with no stirrups. The inside of the horse’s body is hollow. There is an opening following the neckline and a hole at the rear of the horse. At one time the horse was dressed with real horsehair for the mane and tail.

Sculptures of horses and warriors were often found buried in the royal tombs. China was known for the Ferghana horses. Owning a Ferghana horse showed prestige. Ceramic modes made of these horses were placed in the royal tombs. Different cultures felt that their valuable possessions would follow them to the afterlife if buried with them.

I followed the hallway around to the European section. There I found a full-size, oil canvas painting of, “The Judgement of Solomon,” painted by Joseph Van Severdonck between 1819-1905. The painting, along with the impressive story behind it, was intriguing. The painting mirrors a biblical story found in the book of King in the Old Testament. As a child I enjoyed hearing the story of King Solomon in Sunday school.

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The painting shows heartfelt expressions of distress. King Solomon sits on his throne in the center. To the right and left of him are 2 prostitutes who each gave birth to a baby boy. One woman accidentally rolled over on her baby and smothered him while sleeping. She quickly switched the dead baby for the other woman’s baby. Both women argued that the baby still alive belonged to them. King Solomon came up with a solution that later made him famous. If both women were to argue over the same child, he would order the soldier to cut the child in half, so that each woman could have an equal piece of the child’s body. The child’s mother is in distraught while pleading with King Solomon to spare her child and give her to the other woman. The other woman sits with an angry, vindictive appearance that did not care if the child lived or died. The soldier to the left holds the child up with one hand and a sword in the other, while the dead baby lies at the foot of the platform. King Solomon saw her love for the child and knew that she was indeed the baby’s mother and he was returned to her. The message in this painting shares a powerful testimony of wisdom.

The last piece of art on display “Hope in the light of Injustice,” was a sketch titled, Rescue, by Jonathan Imber, 1985. The sketch is black and white with shading throughout. The sketch contains the outline of 2 human figures, both of distinctly different nationality. The dark man carries the weight of the injured white man draped over his shoulders. There is no real detail or backdrop that tells a story of the sketch. The message here is loud and clear. The one man of a different ethnical background has put aside any racial discrimination to save the life of another man. For every act of violence and injustice, there is someone willing to go the extra mile to show an act of kindness.

(similar sketch by Jon Imber)

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As always, my visit to the Appleton Museum was an enlightening experience with much to learn. I look forward to future visits as I continue my road map of education.

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Horsing Around

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Horses have been assisting humans for thousands of years. In 2500-2000 BCE, humans domesticated horses to work the farms and later used for transportation. Over time, humans were able to study the horse much closer. Horses are very similar in comparison to the human species. These similarities range from their physical makeup and genetics, mental and psychological analysis, and epidemiology.

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A horse’s skeletal structure and organ function are much like a human’s anatomy with different features to enhance their survival needs. A human’s appearance is very different from a horse. We stand in an upright position with two legs and two arms. A horse stands prone with 4 legs. Humans have knees, ankles, toes, and toenails. Horses have stifles, hocks, cannons, fetlocks, and hooves. The limb parts have different names, but their purpose is much the same. Although, the horse’s skeletal structure functions much like a human, the horse does not have a clavicle. A horse’s lungs are like ours. We have 12 pairs of ribs and they have 18 pairs. The Arabian breed has 1 less set of ribs than the other breeds of horses.

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Horse’s hooves are like fingernails. Regular hoof trimming is necessary or they will crack, chip, pan out, or curl under. The horse has a frog on the underside of the hoof that is often called the “heart” of the horse. If the frog is injured, the heart suffers. Humans, on the other hand, wait for their “frog” only to have their heart’s broken.

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Horses and humans have very different diets. Humans are omnivores and eat both meat and plant-like material. Horses are herbivores that eat grass and plant-like materials. Since the horse’s diet is much different, their gastrointestinal system is much more complex. The horse’s stomach divides into two sections, glandular and non-glandular. They have a muscular valve from the esophagus to the stomach that prevents them from vomiting. Horses who eat too fast can suffer from choke. Food gets trapped in the esophagus and becomes impacted. The muscle valve prevents them from being able to vomit to release the impaction. Horses only breathe through their nose, so this does not affect their breathing. A human has a uniform stomach that is much like a pig. Humans experience sensations of choking, which causes the stomach to contract and vomit. Humans can learn to vomit symptomatically when necessary.

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The intestines are much the same in both the horse and human. The intestines divide into the small intestines, duodenum, jejunum, and the ileum. The horse is an herbivore and eats plant-like materials. Parasites are often ingested during grazing. The gastrointestinal tract can often get impacted with bots or infested with tapeworms that can cause severe problems for the horse. Control of parasites with deworming products is a necessity. Humans can get parasites like pinworms from ingesting bacteria, but it is not as typical since they eat in a cleaner environment.

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A horse’s eye and a human’s eyes may appear the same, but function very differently. Horses are prey animals that have a “fight or flight” response that causes them to make a quick get away if they are in danger. A horse’s vision is almost a complete arc, except for a minimal blind spot directly in front and in back of them. The blind spot in front is in the shape of a triangle. This area is not really blind, but it is missing part of the image or really blurry. This area is right between his eyes about 4 feet in front of the horse. Horses may spook or throw their head up when being approached too quickly from the front. Humans have peripheral vision that allows us only to see in front and from side to side. Horses were once thought to only see black and white, but studies show they can see some color.

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Horses are often said to see with their ears. Horses do not perceive a visual picture with their ears, but a mental focus of their surroundings. Their ears are like radars that point in the direction sounds are coming from. The radar reception helps to alert them of danger. Humans can wiggle their ears, but it does not increase their sound perception.

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Horses are nasal breathers and do not breathe through their mouths. They have a long nasal passage that is responsible for purifying, humidifying, filtering, and warming the air. Increased nasal breathing will cool down the horse’s system. Humans switch to mouth breathing to cool their system’s down or just go in an air-conditioned room.

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The horse’s lungs function much like a human. They both have a right and left lobe. The lungs have tiny sacs called alveoli where oxygen and carbon monoxide exchange. The alveoli can lose its elasticity over time and cause emphysema. The difference in infectious insults is gravitation. Humans stand upright and infection gravitates to our lower backs. Horses stand in a prone position causing the infection to gravitate to the chest near the elbows. Horses spend most of their time grazing with their long necks extending towards the ground. Gravity aids in eliminating the infection and nasal secretions down their long trachea to their head. This clearance mechanism protects the horse from getting ill. Humans would have to stand on their heads to experience the same results.

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Horses and humans relatively have thin skin compared to other species. Humans who have a fair complexion and spend a lot of time in the sun suffer from skin damage that later result in melanoma and other skin cancer. Equine melanoma is sometimes fatal and other times will run a benign course (Bates). Horses that have a white or grey coat with pink skin are also at high risk for skin cancers. They will actually get sunburn on their face and body if they get too much direct sun exposure. Humans need to wear sunscreen or cover up to protect their fair skin. Horses also need to wear a mask covering their face or wear sunscreen to cover the nose and other areas of the face and body where the fur coat is thin.

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Humans and horses have a fight or flight response controlled by their autonomic system that protects them from danger. The horse’s spleen reserves 20% to 30% of the horse’s red blood cells. When the horse finds itself in danger and acts quickly, these stored red blood cells of oxygenated blood releases into the system giving the horse a burst of energy. In humans, the adrenal medulla releases epinephrine into the body that causes humans to protect, act quickly, or fight off a predator.

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Horses and humans are prone to very similar diseases. Vaccinations are given to both horses and humans to protect them from contracting rabies, tetanus, influenza, and West Nile. Some infectious diseases are zoonotic causing transfer between horses and humans. It is important to follow safety measures such as wearing gloves, washing hands, sterilizing horse accessories after use, and keeping the horse isolated if the horse shows signs of illness.
Horses can suffer from different types of cancer, especially tumors and melanoma due to too much sun exposure. Horses tend to have many of the same ailments such as arrhythmia, strep, herpes, influenza, ulcers, anemia, liver disease, anorexia, Tourette syndrome, vesicular stomatitis, and hemorrhoids.

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Horses suffer from a disease called laminitis that causes inflammation of the laminae and the coffin bone to sink through the bottom of the hoof wall. Carbohydrate overload, gram negative bacterial infections with endotoxemia, excessive concussion to the feet, obesity, ingesting or standing on black walnut shavings, or a hot horse drinking too much cold water too fast can cause laminitis (Kane). However, humans do not have hooves, but suffer a similar disease called diabetes. Obesity, improper diet, or a compromised immune system often causes diabetes. Humans with diabetes can also suffer from a diabetic foot. This condition is caused from poor circulation and impaired resistance to infection. A diabetic foot can cause peripheral neuropathy, vascular compromise, ulceration, and infection.

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Just like Olympic athletes, horses suffer from tendon tears from overuse. These injuries cause significant damage to the tendons if they are not given ample time to rest and recover. Over time these injuries tend to worsen, as lesions form on the tendon. Researchers are studying the use of stem cells to repair and strengthen the tendons (Gade).

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Horses and humans get a skin disease that is familiar to one contracted by humans. Horses get a fungal infection called rain rot. Rain rot occurs from moisture, humidity, or dampness of the skin. The pores become blocked and fungus begins to grow. The skin begins to flake and slough off. Along with the skin sloughing, patches of hair sloughs off as well. If the rain rot is left untreated, the horse will develop pink, fleshy blisters. This disease is contagious and will spread over the body. Humans suffer from athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is also a fungal disease caused by moisture and humidity. Humans often get this disease from living in hot climates and sweating in their shoes. Athlete’s foot causes the skin to itch, crack, flake, and slough off. Underneath the skin is pink, tender flesh that often gets infected or bleeds. Antifungal medication for both rain rot and athlete’s foot applied to the skin and repeated until the fungal disease disappears.

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Horses mimic many facial expressions and body language as humans. Horses appear to laugh from time to time. The facial expression is not a grin. The sound of a herd of horses nickering after a mishap in the barn clearly shows a humorous giggle. Some folks may tell you they have seen a horse grin when the horse curls its upper lip and bares its teeth. As clear as this appears as a big, cheesy grin, this is the flehmen response. The lip-curling and the slight tilting of the head help the animal to waft these smells toward these glands. The horse is not laughing at you. He or she is trying to decide whether you smell bad. The flehmen response normally occurs when a mare is in heat. The male picks up a scent from her urine. After analyzing the scent, a message is quickly sent to the brain to determine whether it is safe to mount the mare. If a stud has bad judgment, he is liable to get kicked in the teeth. Laughing and smiling are a part of human nature. These happy feelings inside set off endorphins in our system that make us feel good. Smiling and laughing can allure the opposite sex by sending a signal of being confident and inviting.

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Humans get angry and mad and it shows both in their body language with arm crossing, crossed eyebrows, clinched jaws, angry glare, and flared nostrils. Horses also mimic our behavior through body language. When horses are angry, they snort air through their flaring nostrils. Horses stomp their feet like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. They pin their ears back and give a piercing stare much like an angry father scolding their child. Horses might turn their backside to a human or swing their head high mimicking a rebellious teenager who wants their way. Stubborn horses can lock their legs refusing to move, like a child refusing to go to bed. Horses will test their boundaries to see whose boss. If a headmaster is not established, the human will quickly lose control of the horse and could be placed in a dangerous, life-threatening position.

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Horses are very intelligent. Some are thinkers and problem solvers like the ones that figure out how to open stall doors and gates. Horses can share some of the same mental disorders such as depression resulting in anorexia. However, they do not suffer from bulimia since they have a muscular valve in their esophagus that prevents vomiting. Horses also grieve, but they don’t live in the past, they move on. An abused human can empathize with an abused horse that leads to an unspoken understanding. A damaged horse seems to stare deeply into the soul of a damaged person.

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Horses can have similar nervous habits as humans. Horses chew or suck on their tongues. They grind their teeth. They also pick up bad habits like chewing on wood, a lot like humans chewing on the end of a pencil. They suck in air called cribbing that gives them a high. Humans get a high from huffing aerosol cans.

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Horses are a lot like kids, which helps explain their draw to them. They live with no agendas and have no ulterior motives that allows them to bond and trust humans. Above all else, a horse remembers his or her best friend. A horse treated with kindness will remember the person as a friend for as long as it lives. A horse will instantly resume friendship when it sees them again, regardless of how long they have been apart.

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Horses are like humans with gazillion different personalities, both likes and dislikes. Some are boring and content to stand and stare at a flower. Some horses are a little slow and seem to have learning disorders and others tend to suffer from ADHD. Some want to play all the time and others have problems playing nice. Some are annoying to their horsey friends and other horses are admired by all. Some horses are happy left completely alone by everyone and everything and others will panic and go into a deep depression if they lose their best friend. Some horses are paranoid and think everything will kill them including the leaf blowing across the field.

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As you see, horses and humans come in many sizes, colors, and breeds. There are many similarities with their skeletal structure, internal organs, and physique with added features that make us unique. Although, horses do not speak our language, their body language speaks to us loud and clear. Their inner feelings reveal themselves to us through their outward movements. A human’s most valuable experiences with a horse are in complete silence. The most profound thing about a horse that is different from a human is that horses don’t lie.

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