As in my previous post about the new baby goats, we ALSO got a new horse this week for myself and my daughter. Luna is a registered appendix horse (cross between a quarter horse and thoroughbred). So a big change for me but exactly what my daughter needed. I was used to a much slower horse, so this is somewhat like changing from a Chrysler mini-van to a Porsche 911. I will definitely have to up my lessons. but since my daughter competed D1 in jumping Luna is great for her.
Anyway on to the make. So she is on Regumate (progesterone - i.e. birth control) to suppress her estrus, which helps her be nicer around other horses (she is super sweat to people and likes to snuggle). Anyway Regumate requires some care in handling so only a couple of us (males) handle it, as it can be skin absorbed, and is essentially horse dose so a massive human overdose and can be quite harmful to women of childbearing age; it’s not benign to men, but less bad. So we needed an indicator of whether she’s gotten her daily dose (you squirt it onto there feed). The barn has a pretty elegant look so folks didn’t want a 2-tone acrylic sign so I decided Maple Plywood would look nice. So a quick CAD in OnShape and we had it (now the magic is I needed sufficient clearance between the layers, so trying to figure out how to get enough clearance without making it sloppy loose. Clearly a whole other 0.125" piece of ply would make it flop around, so I used the 0.006" laser safe stencil material I have (from CriCut if I recall?) and it provides just enough clearance to slide in nicely.
Since I couldn’t imagine CA glue would stick to the stencil material, I used the screws to hold it together and to the door frame of her stall. Which also lets me adjust the tension on the whole thing.
And whatever idiot back in history picked appendix as a name for a breed clearly wasn’t worried about the forms that would all read things like “Appendix registration”, and of course I am thinking “crap did I misplace the primary registration certificate?”
So horses don’t have quite the same colon structure as people. Their Cecum (where the human appendix arises from) actually works as the primary place for digesting plant matter (which we don’t really), because unlike a ruminant they don’t do a particularly good job up in the stomach (hence why a horse eats a big bag of hay and produces a huge pile of poop, while a goat can eat the same hay and produce a tiny handful of pellets)
However, it turns out Appendix is derived from the registry book, which is the American quarter horse association’s registry book, where appendix horses are literally written down in the appendix. Through various means they can be moved into the main book (the reason you care is if you are breeding, children of an appendix mare do not automatically qualify for the AHQA events/shows, etc). So it turns out both of Luna’s babies went on to be champion jumpers so they got fully registered themselves.
not surprised they don’t have an appendix, since their gastrointestinal tract is designed to do different things. it’s just where my mind jumped to when i saw the phrase at first.
my horse interactions were mostly limited to morgans, since that’s what my mom rode as a kid, and then when she got horses as an adult, that’s what she got (and what i learned to ride on). stubborn, but fun to ride.
so you know what i mean. “spirited” is maybe a more horse term for their personalities? i liked it, both of my mom’s horses that i rode were competitive, wanted to be out in front of all the other horses, and liked to run. i would have to hold Hawk to a trot because he really wanted to get up to at least a half canter (and that was true even after i learned to properly post and wasn’t bouncing uncomfortably on his back).