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The spotted saddle horse is a light riding breed developed in the United States after the American Revolution. Colorful markings and a graceful, refined appearance are just two things to love about the breed. History of the Spotted Saddle Horse The spotted saddle horse breed was developed from short-statured, gaited pintos from Spain that were crossed with larger American breeds such as the Standardbred and Morgan. This mix increased the horses’ height while retaining both gait and desirable paint colors. After the Civil War came to an end, the spotted saddle horse breed was further refined....
Famous for its massive size and its gentle disposition, the Shire horse breed is a type of draft horse that descends from the Old English Black horses (Destriers) of medieval times. Despite their popularity during the days before machines replaced horses, Shires are fairly rare today, with the US-based American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and UK-based Rare Breeds Survival Trust placing them at critical levels. As interest in draft horses for pleasure riding and driving increases though, numbers are likely to go up – and that’s a great thing! Shires are wonderful horses. Shire Horse Breed...
Shires are magnificent draft horses, usully marked with four white socks and a blaze.
The Missouri Fox Trotter is a gaited horse breed that originated in the US state of Missouri. The Trotter is best known for its ambling gait, which is known as the “fox trot”. Hence this is how the Missouri Fox Trotter got its name. The Trotter is used mainly for pleasure and trail riding due to their easy nature, surefootedness, and smooth gait.    The Missouri Fox Trotter was first developed from several gaited horse breeds that were brought to the Missouri state from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia by earlier settlers. The horse breeds that helped to influence the trotter included...
Missouri Fox Trotter Horse
Have you ever heard people say they have a Paint or Pinto? Have you ever wondered what the difference is? In this article the differences of Paints versus Pintos is discussed and explained.             The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that combines pinto coloring with the western stock horse type. This breed was developed from Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines.The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the second largest breed registry in the US, second only to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). To be able to register your horse with the APHA, your horse...
Paint Horse
The Percheron horse is an extremely popular breed of draft horse. They were originally bred for their intelligence and wiliness to work. While bred to drive and pull, the Percheron horse is also gaining in popularity as a riding horse. It is not uncommon to see a Percheron or Percheron cross horse competing in disciplines such as show jumping, fox hunting, dressage, and eventing. The Percheron horse has also gained in popularity as a great trail and pleasure horse due to its good nature and calm temperament.    The Percheron horse was first developed in the Huisne river valley of France. This...
Percheron Horse in Driving Tack
The Arabian horse is a very versatile breed. They are used throughout many different equestrian fields, including racing, western, saddle seat, hunt seat, dressage, cutting, reining, show jumping, eventing, trail/pleasure riding, and endurance riding. The Arabian horse today dominates the sport of endurance riding because of their renown stamina. Because of their refined and elegant beauty, the Arabian horse is one of the world’s most popular breeds. Because of their beauty, the Arabian horse has also made many TV and movie appearances including “The Black Stallion”, “Hidalgo”, and “Ben-Hur...
Arabian Horse Trotting in a Field
The Tennessee Walking Horse is best known for its unique four beated “running walk”. They are a gaited horse breed that was first developed in the southern United States. The Tennessee Walking Horse is an extremely popular show horse, however they are also commonly used for pleasure and trial riding in both English and Western disciplines. There are two basic types of Tennessee Walking Horse competitions, the “flat shod” and the “performance” horse. Flat shod horses wear normal horseshoes and perform with less movement. The performance horses wear built-up pads so that they perform with high...
Tennessee Walking Horse
The thoroughbred is best known for its use in horse racing. They are considered to be “hot” blooded horses that are best known for their SPEED! While the thoroughbred is bred mainly for flat racing, they are used in a variety of other equestrian sports such as show jumping, eventing, dressage, polo, fox hunting, and pleasure riding. There are about 37,000 foals registered every year with the North American Jockey Club, making the thoroughbred one of the world’s most popular breed of horse.   The thoroughbred gets its early beginnings in England in the late 1100’s. This is when flat racing...
Thoroughbred Horse Racing
The American Quarter Horse is arguably the most popular horse in the world. There are over 5 million horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The AQHA is the largest breed registry in the world.  The quarter horse got its name from the ability to out run other breeds of horses on the quarter mile or less. They were bred to sprint. The quarter horse is best known for their performance in western riding sports, such as rodeo, reining, cutting, working ranch, barrel racing, and other western sports. Although the quarter horse is also shown in the English disciplines...
American Quarter Horse Profile
Horses are mammals so they are all warm-blooded creatures, however the equine community has developed the terms hot, cold, and warm blooded to mean something completely different. Have you ever had a fellow rider come up to you and your Thoroughbred and referred to your horse as hot blooded. Did you ever wonder what they meant? These terms, which no longer refer to body temperature, are discussed in this article.   “Hot” Blooded:  “Hot” blooded breeds consist of the oriental horses, which are ancient breeds that originated in the Middle East. These breeds include the Akhal-Teke, Arabian horse...

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