KINDS OF HORSES
A HORSE IS A HORSE, OF COURSE......
BUT HOW MANY DO YOU THINK THERE ARE?
|Arabians are one of the oldest
breeds in the world. They originated in the
deserts of the Middle East many centuries ago.
Mares were preferred as riding horses since they
are gentler than stallions. They are a very
strong and fast horse. They are famous for their
pioneers were the first to breed this type of
horse. They named it the Quarter Horse because it
could run a good quarter-mile distance faster
than other horses. It also proved to be good for
riding, ranch work and racing. The Quarter Horse
is popular today because of all those abilities!!
I own a Quarter Horse and I really enjoy him. I
use mine for trail riding and he is very nice and
gentle. I would say they are one of my favorite
were developed in Austria about 400 years ago.
They are trained to do difficult exercises and
dance moves to music. When they are born they are
a very dark color. As they grow older they
gradually get lighter and lighter until finally
at about 10 years of age they are snow white.
is found all over the world. The Thoroughbred is
used for racing. Thoroughbreds were developed in
Great Britain. Racing was very popular there. The
Thoroughbred is the fastest running horse. They
can run up to the speed of 40mph for a short
distance. The Thoroughbred is a very strong
powerful horse. They were raised to race or breed
so that their kind would be around for many
centuries to come. Thoroughbred are unusually
different because you can ride one shortly after
it becomes one year old! Many Thoroughbreds reach
a height of 16 hands high.
Thoroughbreds are used for other things.
Thoroughbreds are good jumpers, while many others
are used as Polo Ponies. Of course many are used
for just plain pleasure.
Shetland Pony comes from the Shetland Island.
Over a hundred years ago the Shetland's were used
in the coal mines for pulling the little carts.
The Shetland Pony only measures 11.2 hands high.
There are two different types of Shetland Ponies.
The American Shetland Pony is much like the
original island pony, with a stocky build and
broad back. The other is 9.2 hands high and can
only be ridden by children. When people brought
the American Shetland to America, there was no
use for these little horses. People started
breeding them so that they would have longer
necks and longer legs!!! The result of this
breeding practice was a skinny horse with a long
neck and long legs that could be used for
Draft Horse is a very strong and large horse. It
is used for pulling very heavy loads on farms and
other places. The Draft Horse was used along time
ago before tractors were used. If you go to a
farm that still uses horses then you will
probably see a Draft horse there! Clydesdales are
a type of draft horse. They came from Scotland.
They are very pretty;y horses. They have long
feathered white legs. Many times Clydesdales are
used to pull wagons in parades. Last year during
football season in the United States there was a
commercial on TV that showed a line of Clydesdale
horses playing football. It was really funny. I
had a chance to ride a Clydesdale once. I must
tell you it was the highest I had ever been off
the ground. Wow!
American Saddle Horse is probably the most
popular riding horse today. It has a very smooth
way of walking and running. The breed was
developed by crossing Arabians, Thoroughbreds,
and Morgans. It was bred in pioneer times when
people wanted comfortable horses to ride.
Plantation owners wanted horse they could ride
all day long when looking over their fields.
Morgan are a very gentle and willing to learn
horse. Because of this they can be trained to do
almost any job.
Western Mustang is a tough little horse of the
western United States. The mustangs are the
descendants of the horses brought to America by
the Spanish almost 400 years ago. These are the
horses that the Indians caught and trained. Like
a Quarter Horse it was and is used for the
rounding up of livestock. The Pony Express also
used these horses because they could run a very
long time over very rough territory. There are
still wild mustangs in the United States today.
Once a year the Federal Government holds a round
up of horses in the west and then they are
offered for adoption by people all over the
Morab is a cross between the Morgan and the
Arabian. The breed developed in the early 1800's.
However it was not named until the 1920's. These
horses have characteristics of both the Morgan
and Arabian. They are a quite horse and easily
trained. However they are slow to mature and
should never be introduced to riding or heavy
training before they reach four years old. They
are not considered fully grown until their
late 1700's a very special horse named Figure was
owned by Justin Morgan. Figure could pull more
weight than even bigger horses. Justin Morgan
rented his horse to local loggers and farmers.
His horse became very famous. When Justin Morgan
died his horse had many owners. His hard work for
people made him valuable. He was able to pass his
traits to his offspring. He is the only horse to
have an entire breed named after him.
|If you are interested in more
information about different breeds of horses, the University of Oklahoma has a site that lists over 100
different kinds and types of horses. If you plan to take
the Oklahoma road for a while, please remember to
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