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What We Do See.

 
Lusitano-Background-OutsideThe horse’s eyes are set on the sides of the skull. They are designed to have a large field of vision.   They actually have eyes similar to preditors.   Horses are not predators but their eyes are located like this because of the need for ample vision while running and staying away from possible predators.   Their hearing is also great and they are able to move their ears all the way around without moving their heads.   This is another feature that developed when they were considered food by larger neighbors.
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Lusitano-026The horses’ feet are made up of the second and third phalanxes encased inside the hoof.   In other words, horses walk on the tips of their toes.   The skeleton has three major functions: 1.) supporting all the structure in place, 2.) protecting vital organs, and 3.) supporting the soft parts of the body.
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Lusitano-Background-OutsideThere are two hundred and five bones in a horse’s body.   They are held in place by ligaments which attach one bone to another and tendons which attach muscles to bones.   Bones store minerals and red blood cells are produced inside of them.
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Lusitano-004Muscles are used for movements and support.   Muscles are made of bundles which themselves are made of individual fibers making them strong yet elastic.   They usually come in pairs where one contracts while the other stretches.   Muscles work in harmony to create movement.   This is why they are placed in opposite positions of the bone.
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