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Miniature Horses as Service Animals

Miniature Horses as Service Animals

You’ve heard of seeing-eye dogs for the blind, right? How about a seeing-eye horse? Yep. It’s true! Miniature horses are being used as guides for the blind, help animals for the mobility impaired, and therapy animals in nursing homes, hospitals, and children’s centers. If you haven’t heard about all this, it’s not surprising. The concept [...]

The Pony of the Americas: The Ultimate Youth Mount

The Pony of the Americas: The Ultimate Youth Mount

The Pony of the Americas, usually shortened to POA, began in 1954 when Shetland pony breeder and attorney Les Boomhower purchased an Arabian-Appaloosa mare that had been bred to a Shetland stud. The resulting offspring seemed to combine the best traits of the three breeds. Mr. Boomhower was so impressed that he held a meeting [...]

The Mustang Horse

The Mustang Horse

The Mustang is a feral horse of the American West. It is often referred to as a “wild” horse, but since the Mustang’s ancestors were domesticated, they are not truly wild animals. The horse as a species developed in North America but disappeared about 10,000 years ago from the continent. Most people think Cortes was [...]

The Percheron

The Percheron

The Percheron developed in the Le Perche province of France, located about 50 miles southwest of Paris. It is believed that French medieval knights often rode ancestors of the modern breed – the large gray chargers depicted on drawings and paintings from the middle ages. After the invention of gun powder and the long bow [...]

Best Horse Breeds for Novice Adults

Best Horse Breeds for Novice Adults

Written by: Holle Abee Horses are just like people: Every group has its good and its bad members. I’ve had Morgans, generally regarded as extremely gentle, that were totally unmanageable. On the other hand, one of the sweetest, calmest horses I’ve ever handled was a Thoroughbred, a breed usually regarded as high-strung and nervous. With [...]

Draft Horses

Draft Horses

Draft Horse Breeds All draft horse breeds carry traits that are desirable to most people. These traits include perseverance, power and a mild disposition, all of which have made them very important to farmers since the pre-industrial age. Draft horse breeds these days are being employed for a wide variety of reasons such as farming, [...]

Jumping Horses

Jumping Horses

An Overview of Jumping Horses Show jumping is an equestrian sport that entails following through a set of jumps organized within a ring. Show jumping is also being merged with several combination competitions, like the modern pentathlon and eventing. Jumping horses go through a variety of challenges within this sport. In an event, jumping horses [...]

Cutting Horses

Cutting Horses

Your Guide To Types of Cutting Horses Cutting horses are often referred to as quarter horses. However, Morgans, Paints, Appaloosas and Arabians can also be cutting horses. Cutting horses are usually smaller horses. Successful cutters are usually about 15.1 hands. Canadian Cutting Horses There are several types of cutting horses and these include Canadian cutting [...]

Roping Horses

Roping Horses

A Beginners Guide To Roping Horses The Wild West reminds us of many things like cowboys, broncs, ranchers, cattle, horses and roping! Cowboys and their horses paint a picture that is particularly unique in our Western History. Aside from branding, working the ranch, and checking fence, riders out on the field also like to rope [...]

Gaited Horses

Gaited Horses

Gaited Horses and What Makes Them Unique Gaited horses are breeds that have the innate penchant to gait, which means the capacity to execute one of the intermediary speed four beat horse gaits, known as ambling gaits. Breeds of gaited horses include the American Saddlebred, Paso Fino, Icelandic horse, Missouri Foxtrotter, Mangalarga Marchador, Racking horse, [...]