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|A horse can be regarded as more than an animal to ride Michael Hutchinson Jersey , more than a hobby. A horse owner can love that animal as easily as he can love a dog. The main reason for purchasing a horse is to ride but the horsehuman relationship is much more than that. When a small child looks up and says, "Your horse is beautiful" the horse owner is filled with pride.
When a horse is well trained and accustomed to working "with" the rider it's almost as if the two are merged during riding. There is no better example of this than a "cow pony" (also called a cutting horse) which is a horse trained to follow, chase and cut a cow from the herd. The need for a horse to perform this duty dates back to the days when range cattle were branded and herds turned loose to roam without benefit of fences. Each rancher used his own brand as a method of recognizing which cattle he owned. During a cutting horse competition, the cowboy can guide his horse without touching the reins. The shifting of the rider's body weight in the saddle tells the horse what direction to take. The perfect communication between the two is amazing to witness.
Watching these competitions makes for a great spectator sport.
People watching can be an interesting pastime. Observing a herd of horses in a pasture is just as interesting in the sense that each has an individual personality just like people. In a herd of ten you might see two laying down, another two might be fighting with each other. A fight can be anything from nipping at each other to rearing up and lunging. If one horse approaches from behind, the horse who is crowded might kick out with one hind leg and sometimes both.
The remaining horses might turn to observe or simply continue grazing. Some will never fight even if provoked. Others seem to enjoy being disagreeable. When a horse lays its ears back it indicates anger against another horse and may result in a bite or a kick.
Every horse owner smiles when offering an apple or carrot as a treat. The warm muzzle and the soft whinny as the animal takes the treat from the open hand is a bonding moment. Petting the side of a horse's nose is like touching velvet.
There are many things a horse has to offer to a human. He can be ridden for recreation or in horse shows. He can be part of a team and pull a hay wagon. Some can be trained to jump and the Royal Lipizzaner stallions which have been bred to perfection for half a millennium perform dressage which has been described as "horses dancing."
Registered thoroughbreds are trained to win speed races. Registered quarter horses learn to run barrels and compete in other speed contests at the Western horse shows. Riding clubs take part in parades on the fourth of July and many Renaissance fairs feature exhibition jousting matches. The versatility and appeal of this magnificent animal can touch your heart if you let it. At that point the relationship becomes more than a joining of horse and rider; your horse has whinnied his way into your heart and become - your pet...
LONDON, April 6 (Xinhua) -- European Council President Donald Tusk met British Prime Minister Theresa May for Brexit talks on Thursday in London, with 10 Downing Street saying later that both leaders agreed the tone of discussions had been positive.
The two agreed to try and remain in close contact as negotiations about Britain's departure from the EU progressed, said an official spokesperson for May.
It was the first time the two had met since May triggered the Article 50 process last week, setting in motion Britain's departure from the European Union (EU) through an official letter delivered to Tusk on Britain's decision to leave the bloc.
Tusk smiled to waiting media as he left Number 10, but gave no comment about their private 90-minute meeting.
In a communique after the meeting, Downing Street said: "The PM reiterated the UK's desire to ensure a deep and special partnership with the EU following its exit and noted the constructive approach set out by the Council in its draft guidelines published last week."
"She said the UK looked forward to formally beginning negotiations once the 27 member states agreed guidelines."
The statement added that May also made it clear that on the subject of Gibraltar, Britain's position had not changed.
"The UK would seek the best possible deal for Gibraltar as the UK exits the EU and there would be no negotiation on the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its people," it said.
Gibraltar, located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea, was ceded to Britain as part of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. Spain has persistently sought to regain the territory.
The statement said that with Britain also remaining a member of the EU for the next two years, May and Tusk also discussed the agenda for the next EU Council meeting.
VLADIVOSTOK, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- A group of Chinese university student gave a traditional Chinese art performance here Tuesday, as part of the celebrations on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the first Confucius Institute.
Over 200 spectators were delighted by the Chinese music performed with traditional string instruments such as pipa and erhu, solos of Peking opera, folk dances, and traditional and contemporary versions of Tai Chi.
Earlier, the ensemble from Harbin Normal University performed in Ussuriysk, another city in Russia's Far East.
"It's my first time here in Vladivostok. ... We see that the Russian people like Chinese art and music. It makes us perform better and try harder to show the best we can," pipa performer Meng Lu told Xinhua.
The performance tour of the Chinese college students was organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, known as Hanban.
To date, China has opened 465 Confucius Inst.