[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!  

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  1. I love most every animal on the planet, but horses give you the feeling of freedom and a oneness with the worrld that is unparallelled. 💜🌟💜

  2. Can’t wait to get horses on my land. Horses are amazing animals, riding them give you a sense of peace and mutual trust.

  3. I love to spend the day riding and playing with my horse.

  4. I love all my horses, each special in their own way. I’ve learned so much from them and realize that they have taken just as much care of me as I have of them. We are a family.

  5. I love my horse to the moon and back !

  6. You have not lived until you have had a horse to love !

  7. I love 💘 my horse! I love to just hang out in the stall with Gus. Sometimes when he is lying down, I will sneak in and lie down beside him, resting my head against his neck. Sometimes I will sit on the tailboards in his stall and hold a conversation with him.

  8. i love horses and they are the most amazing animals

  9. Our old guy just turned 34! He is the cutest boy ever! He provides plenty of entertainment like watching him scratch his rear on every bush, tree and fence board or playing in the sprinklers and water trough. And how he looks forward to his carrots and cookies every day! We are so lucky to have him in our lives!

  10. I love my little pinto Bean. He was born on Cinco de Mayo and stands a noble 28 inches tall/ He is the best little horse ever. Horses have my soul and heart.

  11. When I was 8 my father was dying of cancer. I don’t know he was dying, but I did feel the impact of his illness in the ways our family life was turned upside down. I would go to the barn and sit in my horses “ Morris” hay stand in the corner of her stall. I would hold her head in my lap and just cry to her. She was the only one I would tell how much I was hurting. I loved her so much for that..

  12. I had a Percheron named Cody for many years. A year ago he was struck down by lightning. I was devastated and wasn’t sure what I was going to do, because there was no replacement for him. A few months after that happened, a friend of mine who is a horse transporter said he is at an auction and he found a horse that would match up to my requirements.
    It was love at first sight and my new Belgian, Dan, helped my heart to heal. I have taught him a few things, but sometimes I feel like Cody showed him what to do. I am hearing impaired and taught Cody to move over to the side of the road and stop if he hears a car. Even when I couldn’t see a car, he would not move. I’m currently training Dan to do the same.

  13. My boys and I love our horses very much. We didn’t have horses until recently but my kids have always grown up around them. Honestly I never thought we would have horses and love them as much as we do. My kids have been helping feed and groom horses that were my neighbors for about 5 yrs. She had 3 horses that were rescue horses. Unfortunately my neighbor got very sick with covid, lost her job and wasn’t able to take care of the horses. One of the horses got a new home very fast because of its breed, the other 2 nobody wanted. So my neighbor asked if we would be interested in taking the last two horses and she would allow us to keep them in her property and that’s what we have done. My kids are out there everyday, brushing them, feeding and watering, cleaning the barn, just showing these two horses all the love they can show and give to them. Horses are so such magical animals, its like they can really understand their owner. If my oldest son goes over to feed and he’s upset or mad Harley will pickup on it and rub her head against him. We really enjoy watching the horses just run in the field. We have had love for these horses before they became ours but we have even more love for them now that they are ours. Plus it allows my neighbor to still see her horses and love on them as well and she really needs all the happiness she can find with everything she has going on.

  14. When I was 5 years old, I got my first horse!! A quarter horse named Firecracker!! I would ride with my Dad, a true FL cowboy. I loved Firecracker and considered him my best friend!! When I went off to college, Firecracker became a cowpony and lived a long, wonderful life!! It was a wonderful life and a great way to grow up in a small cattle town in FL….Arcadia….Home of the All Florida Championship Rodeo!!! Come see us, y’all!!!

  15. I love my horses tremendously. They are amazing

  16. I love horses. I am entering for a local rescue in my area called “Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware “. They just took in 35 animals from a cruelty case. Some of those animals are miniature horses. The nonprofit rescue could use as much support as possible for these precious animals. I would donate the gift certificate to them.

  17. Growing up, we fostered two horses for my mom’s friend who was going through hard times. They really taught me the value of hard work and companionship.

  18. GRADY MALACHOWSKIJuly 8, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I LIKE TO HUG AND SQUEEZE MY HORSES AND STROKE THEIR FUR BACKWARDS!

  19. Horses are so majestic and loyal. They are excellent companions and gentle giants. Horses are so therapeutic and provide unconditional love and comfort.

  20. Michelle Tinti KreicherJuly 9, 2021 at 10:44 am

    We recently got a colt and he just turned one. He and I have been bonding and growing together. It is an amazing feeling when you love an animal that loves you back even more. We spend a lot of time together doing ground work. One of his favorite things is when I sing to him, his favorite song is Sweet Caroline. When I sing that song he puts his head on my chest, and that expression of love is the best feeling in the whole world! I love the unconditional love and support he gives to me.

  21. I have had and loved a few horses in my life. Right now I am particularly fondest of my horse Charlie. It has taken a little while to gain his trust. He was rescued from a kill pen and adopted by my husband and I. Unfortunately this guy has been through A LOT. To say the very least. However his ability to forgive humans for the horrible things done to him and start to trust a little everyday. I especially love when he realizes the different things we do that no harm will come to him and you can see the understanding and calm go into his eyes it just melts my heart.

  22. Horses make us happy, and help my autistic son keep calm

  23. My horses make me happy so that means I have to do what ever I can to make them happy.

  24. My horse was my most favorite pet out of all the pets I’ve had. He had a spunky personality that was so much fun. I miss him a lot and would, one day, like to get another.

  25. Once bitten by the horse bug, there’s no turning back…and I couldn’t imagine life any other way. I’ve always seemed to surround myself with horses…books, movies, Breyer models, magazines and such…but nothing compares to the real thing. What’s not to love about horses, especially when we’re talking about my handsome pinto pony? Soft muzzle, nickers, hay munching, hoof beats, trail rides, freedom, companionship…the list goes on and on…

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