Breed of the Month!!!


Which breed will it be this month...? look below to find out! ...who knows what breed it will be?

This is breed of the month where we choose a breed of horse/pony and we write a little bit about it and you can send in information, pictures, facts or jokes about that breed to our email at melovehorses@gmail.com  Thank you to wikipedia for the information, http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

Please send in information and it will get published on our site if it is info on this breed. We would love for your information to  be on our site so please send some in.

Make sure you check this page every month to learn about different horse breeds!

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This month October 2009:

Image:Kevin Tornado Zlosyn 2005.jpgStandardbred

Standardbreds are a breed of horse best known for their ability to race in harness at a trot or pace instead of under saddle at a gallop. Developed in North America, the breed is now recognized worldwide for its harness racing ability. They are solid, well-built horses with good dispositions that are also used under saddle for a variety of equestrian activities.

Standardbreds tend to be more muscled and longer bodied than the Thoroughbred. They also are of more placid dispositions, as suits horses whose races involve more strategy and more changes of speed than Thoroughbred races do. Standardbreds are considered people-oriented, easy-to-train horses.

Standardbred RacingThey are generally a bit heavier in build than their Thoroughbred cousins, but have refined, solid legs and powerful shoulders and hindquarters. Standardbreds have a wide range of height, from 14.1 to 17 hands and most often are bay or the darker variation of bay called "brown," although other colors such as chestnut and black are not uncommon. Gray and roan are also found.

Standardbreds are known for their skill in harness racing, being the fastest trotting horses in the world. Because of their speed, Standardbreds are often used to upgrade other breeds of harness racers around the world, such as the Orlov Trotter and French Trotter. Standardbreds are also used in horse shows and for pleasure riding. Many retired Standardbreds find a second career off the track with the help of various dedicated organizations.

Image:Lancaster County Amish 03.jpgThe breed is quite good at jumping, making them suitable for the sport horse disciplines of hunt seat, show jumping, show hunter and eventing. The breed is also seen in dressage, and their excellent temperaments make them good trail riding and ranch horses. In addition, because of the genetics of the breed, they can also be encouraged and trained to perform smooth ambling gaits, such as the rack and the stepping pace.

 

 

 

September 2009:

 

Andalusion

The Andalusian is one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world today. They originated from Spain. It is also known as the Purebred Spanish Horse. Andalusions have and are being used for many different types of riding. They excel in high school dressage and are used in cattle work and bullfighting. They are highly intelligent and learn very quickly, but hey, what horse isn't and doesn't?!

Andalusians are strongly-built, compact horses, generally standing between 15.2 and 16.2 hands. They move with a high, elegant action, which makes them particularly suitable for Dressage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2009:

Miniature Horse/Pony

Miniature horses are found all over the world and come in various colors and coat patterns. The designation of miniature horse is determined by the height of the animal, which, depending on the particular registry involved, is usually less than 34-38 inches (82-91 cm) as measured at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by their respective registries.

Miniature FoalMiniature horses are friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behavior and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are also trained as service animals, akin to guide dogs or assistance dogs for people with disabilities. While miniature horses can be trained to work indoors, they are still real horses and are healthier when allowed to live outdoors (with proper shelter and room to run) when not working with humans. Moon Mist

They are generally quite hardy, often living longer on average than some full-sized horse breeds; the average life span of miniature horses is from 25 to 35 years.

Horse or Pony?

There is an ongoing debate over whether a miniature horse should possess horse or pony characteristics. This is a common controversy within the miniature horse world and also is a hot debate between mini aficionados and other horse and pony breed owners. While technically any member of the equine family under 14.2 hands is termed a "pony".

 pictures from http://www.lbcentre.com.au/Miniature_Pony.php   info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_horse

July 2009:

Clydesdale

The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the very hard-working farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named for that region. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban settings, their common use extending into the 1960s when they were a still a familiar sight pulling the carts of milk and vegetable vendors. They have been exported in the Commonwealth and United States where they are famous for their use as the mascot of various beer brands, including company Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser brand, Carlton & United Beverages and several others.The Clydesdale is originally from Scotland 

Distinguishing features:  Powerful draft horse breed. Mostly bay, chestnut, or black with white stockings and distinct feathering. Both powerful and docile.                    Clydesdales are noted for grace and versatility; they can stand as tall as 20 hands (the current world-record holding Clydesdale) in height and can weigh upwards of one ton. A Clydesdale has a large head, small ears, large, dark eyes and a heavy forelock. The neck is short and slightly arched, the chest deep, the shoulders well-muscled and slightly upright to accommodate the animated hitching gait.

The Clydesdale tends to exhibit a longer coupling than its cousin, the Shire and the withers are clearly defined. The rump presents a well-muscled and distinctively rounded silhouette. The legs should be long and strong with characteristically large hoof size, typically being at least twice the diameter of those of a light riding horse, such as a Thoroughbred. The pasterns are longer and sloping than those of a stock-type horse. Perhaps the most widely recognised feature of the Clydesdale's appearance is the abundance of feather, the long hairs that fall from below just the knees and hocks to cover the hooves.

 

(above) Clydesdale in harness     (above) Clydesdale mare and foal

 A young Clydesdale in Australia. The need for body cooling in warmer climates leads over time to a slightly leaner-built animal.CLYDESDALE

June 2009:

Thoroughbred

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word "thoroughbred" is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered a "hot-blooded" horse, known for their agility, speed and spirit.

Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also bred for other riding disciplines, such as show jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly cross-bred with other breeds to create new breeds or to improve existing ones, and have been influential in the creation of many important breeds, such as the Quarter Horse, the Standardbred, the Anglo-Arabian, and various Warmblood breeds.

Features: Tall, slim horse, most notably used for racing.     Thoroughbreds are originally from England. Also called a TB

The typical Thoroughbred ranges between 15.2 to 17.0 hands (hh) high, averaging 16 hh or 64 inches (1.6 m). They are most often bay, brown (dark bay), chestnut, black, or gray. Less common colors include roan and palomino. White is very rare, but is a recognized color separate from gray. The face and lower legs may be marked with white, but white will generally not appear on the body. Coat patterns that have more than one color on the body, such as Pinto or Appaloosa, do not exist in the Thoroughbred. Good quality Thoroughbreds have a well-chiseled head on a long neck, high withers, a deep chest, a short back, good depth of hindquarters, a lean body, and long legs.

thoroughbred racing:

a cute thoroghbred foal and mare

 

May 2009

Friesian!!

Friesians – the majestic black horse

The Friesian (also Frisian) horse is a breed of horse from Friesland, a province of the Netherlands. Although the breed's conformation resembles that of a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. During the Middle Ages, the ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe.

                                     Features:                                        Powerfully muscled, agile with elegant action, thick mane and tail, feather on lower legs.

Closeup of the head

Colour: Black                                   Height: 15-17 hands (1hand =10.16 cm)

The breed has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure, with what is sometimes called a "Baroque" body type.                              esians have long, arched necks and well-chiseled, short-eared, "Spanish type" heads. Their sloping shoulders are quite powerful. They have compact, muscular bodies with strong sloping hindquarters and a low-set tail. Their limbs are comparatively short and strong.

2 adorable friesian foals

 

 

 

April 2009:

Arabian!!

Arabians have dished faces and are the oldest breed of horses. They are over  4,000 years old. 

It's country of origin is the middle east.

Arabians are mainly  between 15 and 16hh. Bay, grey, chestnut, black and roan are they’re colors.

There will be more info coming soon.

Here are some pictures of some Arabians:

   

This is a half arabian filly:

 

 

March 2009:

Shetland pony!!!

Height: Shetland ponies are usally small, they can stand up to 10.2 hh.

Characteristics: Shetland pony are strong and durable because  they evolved in the harsh conditions of the Shetland islands. They are possibly the strongest ponys in the world.

Apperance: Short, small head, wide-spaced eyes and alert ears. Small muscular neck and short, strong legs

Behavior: Headstrong and independent. Gentle, and good-tempered, though can be snappy if poorly cared for.

Oooh.. they are so adorable

Hehe.. I can just imagian that dog saying "giddy up pony arf arf!"

 

February 2009:

 

Appaloosa

 

Photograph:Appaloosa mare with bay colouring.

Height and weight: The average appaloosa is between 14.2 to 16 hands high, and they weigh approximately 1000 pounds.

 

Success: The Appaloosa is truly one of the most versatile horses of the light horse breeds with the disposition to make him an okay mount for all level of riders. 

Appaloosas are good in upper levels of both the english and western disciplines, for example: Dressage, Three Day Eventing, Endurance, Reining, Cutting, Working Cow Horse, Barrel Racing, and setting high records on the race track.  The Appaloosa is also a prized mount for pleasure trail riding and as a family hobby horse.

Odd spots: Look at this we never knew that some Appaloosas have stripy hooves.

 You'd almost think they unluckily have a horse version of chicken pox

Such an adorable Appaloosa colt!

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 Other Information:

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