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Horse Training Using a SkeletonRebecca is a horse trainer in Oak Grove, Missouri. She got creative in training a horse named Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi is a nine-year-old Morgan mare, and Rebecca is desensitizing her and giving her a feel of what it's like to be controlled by a human rider. But instead of a human, she placed a lightweight plastic skeleton on her back! Rebecca is calling out orders and controlling the skeleton's movements with ropes. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the same thing that could go wrong with an inexperienced rider... the horse proved to be a lot more powerful than the skeleton, and yes, there were definitely bones broken. -via Laughing Squid#horse #horsetraining #skeleton
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When You're On Vacation, Hire an Icelandic Horse to Respond to Your Work EmailsYou have responsibilities at work. But sometimes people just won’t let you get away. A boss without a proper boundaries may insist that you answer workplace emails even while on vacation. Now there’s a solution: let a horse answer your emails.Íslandsstofa, which is Iceland’s tourism promotional agency, offers a program called OutHorse Your Email. The news website Iceland Monitor explains that this ad campaign promotes the serenity of an Icelandic vacation by having the island nation’s famous horses stomp on a giant keyboard in response to your incoming emails.The ad promises that "your boss will never know the difference." That is tragically true.-via My Modern Met#horse #Iceland #email
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Horse is a Regular at Dunkin' DonutsA horse named Jackson has become a beloved local character in LaBelle, Florida, for his weekly trips to the Dunkin' Donuts drive through. David Bosselait is a retired bull rider who takes his horse out for a 12-mile trip to Dunkin once a week to pick up coffee. Jackson gets a plain donut hole as a treat. The staff at Dunkin light up when they see Jackson coming. Then it's another 12 miles home. Bosselait says the outings, which take up about half the day, are a good experience for Jackson to get used to people and traffic. And it's a good experience for the people who get to meet Jackson, too. Read more about Jackson at UPI.#horse #drivethrough #DunkinDonuts
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Dallas Residents Ride Horses Because Gas Prices are So High​Dallas residents on horses were seen galloping down the roads. The “non-vehicle” riders seemed to have organized a group horse ride to run across the town and meet up at a local gas station.​
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Horse Shows He is a BuddyPhantom is a playful and friendly horse. Teton is a 30-year-old neglected horse. They met at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Mount Airy, Maryland, when Teton came there to be healed and given the life a horse deserves. But Teton was skittish and scared and didn't really know how to relax. Phantom could tell right off he needed help, and took on the job of teaching Teton how to be a horse.
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Missing Horse-Loving Cat Disappears, Found on top of Another HorseNoodles the cat lived with his human, Ann Kandis, on their farm in Geneseo, Illinois. Cats and horses are famously companions to each other and Noodles was often seen on the backs of Kandis’s horses.In November of 2018, Noodles hid in the trunk of Kandis’s father’s car, then jumped out and ran away when he opened the trunk some distance from the farm. Kandis conducted a thorough search, but could not locate Noodles until three years later on last Christmas Eve.The Quad-City Times reports that a relative told Kandis that a horse farm five miles away posted photos of their own cats on horses—including a cat that looked exactly like Noodles. That’s because it was Noodles.Kandis and her son visited the farm and Noodles walked right up to them.Nonetheless, Noodles, who is now named Max, is staying at his new home. He’s been there for three years, so he’s moved on with a new family. But Kandis and her family are welcome to visit him.-via AP Oddities | Photo: Dr. Ann Kandis#cat #horse
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Christmas Parties for HorsesThe sign does not indicate that horse meat will be served. The meal is for the horses. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in 1866 after Henry Bergh saw a cart horse being beaten. In those days, horses were for work, hauling people and all the goods they required. The ASPCA threw Christmas parties in many metropolitan areas where people gave little thought to the workhorses around them. A typical party would feature a tree festooned with corn or apples or something a horse would consider a treat. The city's working horses would find crates of carrots and oats as well. These parties were public, and people were invited to interact with the animals and maybe get a treat for themselves. The purpose of these parties was not only to give the horses a good time, but to introduce the horses to the public as workers deserving of good treatment. The ASPCA would promote better treatment for working horses and all animals at the same time. The men who drove horse carts were included as well, as they needed a break from work and they understood their horses better than anyone. At least some them did- those who were cruel to their animal charges could get a lesson in humane treatment. The ASPCA's horse parties continued until urban horses were completely replaced by motorized vehicles, but hung on some areas longer than others. Chicago held such parties up until the 1960s! Read about the ASPCA's Christmas parties for horses at Smithsonian. -via Strange Company​(Image source: Library of Congress) #horse #Christmas #ASPCA
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Blind Horse Loves Her Man's Bald HeadMert Akkök has a private animal shelter at his farm near Istanbul. He takes in stray animals that need extra love and care. That means he has 18 dogs, plus various cats, goats, donkeys, birds, and other livestock. But Reyhan is special. The mare came into Akkök's care when she was still on mother's milk. Here's her story.
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This Race Horse Is Named SumomomomomomomomoLike other people on the Internet, I think that the announcer on this video has skipped a few MOs as he pronounces the mare’s name. But it’s understandable. Sumomomomomomomomo has a name that is far too long and has so many identical syllables that it takes great concentration to say it correctly.AFP explains that this Japanese race horse’s name is based on a traditional tongue twister in the Japanese language. It translates to “plums and peaches are both peaches.” Japanese audiences enjoy hearing frenzied racing announcers trying to say her name. That’s likely to happen more often in the future, as Sumomomomomomomomo recently won an important race.-via Oddity Central#horse #horseracing #tonguetwister
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Jenny the Horse Goes for Walk Every Morning in Frankfurt all by HerselfGermany — As Werner Weischedel opens the stable door early in the morning, the Arabian mare Jenny goes out from her home to walk around the Fechenheim district of Frankfurt. The townspeople are no strangers to Jenny, and they greet her when they encounter her. Those who meet her the first time, meanwhile, can read the sign on her harness, which read, "I didn't run away. I'm just going for a walk. Thank you."Weischedel isn't worried about the 22-year-old mare. He says that Jenny knows where the best grass is growing, and she "knows everybody" in the neighborhood, too!Talk about being independent.Jenny was also seen last year walking on the streets during the lockdown.(Image Credit: AP Archive via YouTube)#Horse #IndependentAnimal #Wholesome #Cute #Mare
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The World's Smallest Horse Thinks He's a DogA miniature horse trainer from San Diego, California, has adopted a tiny horse with birth abnormalities who was on the verge of being put down by his owners before being placed for adoption. After seeing the horse's tiny little face, Faith Smith immediately called the owners, adopted him, rented a van, and drove across the country to bring him home. Peabody is the name she gave the tiny horse, who is now 6 months old and stands at only 16.5 inches tall, making him the world's smallest horse. It took Peabody some time to adapt to everyone, but once he was comfortable in and properly cared for, they realized that he wasn't blind at all, that his jaw had aligned perfectly, and that he could feed normally.“Now that he knows where his next meal is coming from,” Faith said to People Magazine, “he's starting to play with the dogs more and has let his guard down.” “He's thinking now that maybe he'll be taken care of in such a way that he'll live.”He can't live with other horses because he's still little. Faith's family and her French bulldogs now live with Peabody inside her home. They're trying to teach him to pee on training pads whenever he needs to, and they're hoping he'll grow big enough to live with other horses and outside. Faith, on the other hand, is willing to keep him inside if that isn't possible.Images and Videos by:Faith Smith#Peabody #Tiny #Horse 
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The Funniest Animals From the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsThe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awardscompetition has just released their 2021 finalists for the world's funniest animals, so how could we not post it on Supa Fluffy?The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition was started 7 years ago back in 2015 by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE. Tom Sullam and Michelle Wood joined in afterwards and the founders grew the online award to a tradition that people all over the world look forward to every year.In addition to photographs, this year's competition also has funny animals caught on video. This one above is from "Hugging best friend after lockdown" by Rahul Lakhmani.More than 7,000 photographs were submitted to the competition and a total of 42 photographs were selected as finalists. The category and overall winners will be announced on October 22, 2021.#FunnyAnimals #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwardTake a look at our favorite funny animals and finalists 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards below: