[Giveaway] Celebrate National I Love Horses Day!

July 15th is National I Love Horses Day, a day to honor the impact horses have had not only on the advancement of human history, but on our daily lives. These strong, beautiful creatures are full of wonder, and the more we learn about them, the more we love them. To celebrate the holiday, here are four fascinating things you may not have known about horses:

Horses Have Been Our Friends For Centuries.
There’s evidence that the human-horse bond originated over 6000 years ago in Central Asia. Early humans not only used horses to travel long distances, but also may have drank their milk. Mare’s milk is still enjoyed in some parts of the world for its health benefits, though it lacks casein and cannot be made into cheese. While equine dairy products may not be on your menu, we now recognize that horses have so much more to offer – a powerful emotional bond unlike any other.

Horses Really Get Us.
A 2016 study suggests that horses really do understand human facial expressions. They have evolved to not only interpret our moods and emotions, but will also remember them, and may avoid a person who has appeared to be grumpy in the past, even if they have not done anything unfavorable.

Horses Have Complex Emotions – And Love To Show Them.
Horses form close-knit, lifelong bonds with their other horses as well as their favorite humans. They even mourn after the death of a loved one. You can pick up on a horse’s emotions by paying close attention to their body language and facial expressions. In fact, they have 17 distinct facial expressions, while our other close companion, the dog, only has 16. If you spend enough time around horses, you’ll also notice the way they express themselves in subtle ways, like a sigh or a twitch of an ear. Horses have so much to say to those who are willing to listen.

Horses Have A Sweet Tooth.
Many animals, including cats, sea otters, and dolphins, lack the taste receptors to enjoy sweet treats. Horses, on the other hand, absolutely love them. Most healthy horses can indulge in a few peppermints, fruits and veggies like apples and carrots, and homemade treats sweetened with molasses. Sweets, when fed sparingly, are great for training and for introducing your horse to potentially stressful environments. In honor of I Love Horses Day, why not share a sweet treat with your horse today?

To help you celebrate your love for your horse, we’re giving away a $250 shopping spree in the month of July.

The 1-800-PetMeds® I Love Horses Giveaway runs from Wednesday 07/07 through Saturday 07/31. Everyone who comments from 7/7 to 7/31/21 is eligible to win. To enter, leave a comment below. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on August 2nd.

Enter the 1-800-PetMeds® I Love Horses Giveaway!
You could win a $250 gift certificate that you can use to spoil your horse.

Win A $250 1-800-PetMeds® Gift Certificate!
Celebrate National I Love Horses Day!  Let us know below how much you love your horse and you could win a $250 gift cerfificate from 1800PetMeds®! The winner will be chosen at random on 8/2/21, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!  

Congrats to our Winner Angie Markle in California, and her horse Jackson. Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but you can still show your horse some love from 1-800-PetMeds®!

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  1. This is for a friend who runs a small, local equine rescue. While I don’t have a horse to love, my friend would put this to good use. Thank you!!

  2. I don’t have a horse but I’d love to gift to a friend who adopts mustangs.

  3. emily fitzpatrickJuly 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    I love horses and I hate to see the Amish community get away with abusing their animals by being allowed to work them for long hours even in 95 degree weather.

  4. More than ANYTHING!

  5. I love horses so much and I can’t stand to see the poor Central Park carriage horses suffer.

  6. My horses are part of my soul – my life and schedule mostly revolves around them. They are worth the time and energy because they can make my worst day better!

  7. would love to win this!!!

  8. I love horses so much that My parents bought me a ride on an Icelandic Horse Ride 2 hours from our home. I love horses so much that I went four times to a dude ranch and to Iceland to ride like a cowboy herding horses from one location to another. I love horses so much that I took both English and Dressage lessons for many years. So let us just say: I LOVE HORSES!!!

  9. I started cleaning horse stalls at 9 yrs old to buy my first horse. Rescued two horses , and we adopted BLM mustang which we have now. But I have to admit it’s not just horses we adopted dogs and cats too. So I guess ya can say we love all the critters

  10. Horses are awesome!!!

  11. I love horses and all animals. I never miss an opportunity to point them out and admire them to our kids and grandkids too. Hopefully this will foster a love of horses and animals in general in them.

  12. Horseback riding is my HAPPY PLACE! I have so much love for them!

  13. Some of my best memories growing up were my parents taking me horseback riding. I tried to go every chance I could get! 🙂

  14. My 6 horses are my best friends!!

  15. My niece and family have 4 horses and could sure use the gift certificate to spoil them. Two of the horses are involved in 4H and are doing well with young riders galloping around the ring.

  16. My daughters horse has been an amazing savior for her through tough times as well as my too. We lost both my grandparents within a month apart and just spending time grooming was such a help, there is many ways this beautiful horse has helped my daughter.
    We are very blessed to have her in our lives.

  17. Kimberly StringerJuly 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    She’s my best friend.

  18. I love horses, they are so beautiful.

  19. She’s a member of the family!

  20. My cousin has a horseback riding we go horseback riding he is the best I love horses nature and just taken care of them they are gorgeous animals. Shogan has been with us for many years he is my best friend love feeding him apples and carrots.

  21. She’s my best friend her name is shotgun. Her favorite treats are apples and carrots she’s my best friend.

  22. I had a senior horse that had another senior horse friend that died. He was 34 years old and I did not want him to be alone so I adopted two other senior horses through an estate. Recently one of the adopted horses died along with my horse who was 35 years old at the time. I have one adopted horse remaining and plan to adopt again so he won’t be lonely. It will also be a senior horse (25 and above). Even old horses need old horsy friends! I love being able to do this for senior horses. A wonderful life to the end.

  23. Bonnie Jean ReisingJuly 7, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    As a child with seven siblings during times when money was very tight, we had
    a Shetland Pony. That pony was the best thing in our lives. He gave us love
    and fun and a reason to get up in the morning. We talk about him often even today
    and share how much he meant to us and how much a part of our lives he was as we
    grew up. I have had animals all my life. At 77, I now have a Black Lab.
    He is my loyal companion. He has sugar diabetes and is blind. I give him
    insulin shots twice a day which is very expensive for a retiree.
    The gift card would be very helpful as I continue to care for my dog Toby.
    He is a good boy and a great friend. God bless all the animals of the world
    and their wonderful care givers. Please keep them safe and happy.

  24. Words don’t say enough. The comfort
    my horse provides me is priceless.

  25. I would love this to shop with my 10 year old daughter who just starting riding with me!

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