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The draft horse is a large and heavy type of horse. They were initially bred for such farming tasks as plowing, hauling, and driving. They are the original work horse. There are a wide number of different breeds of draft horse. The most common include the Clydesdale, Belgium, Shire, and the Percheron. All these different breeds vary in characteristics such as color and size. Draft horses are known for their tall stature and muscular build. The average height ranges from 16 to 19 hands and from 1400 to 2000 pounds. The largest horse on record stood 21.2 hands. Their shoulders are more upright...
Draft Horse
The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse is called a mule. The opposite combination of horse and donkey is called a hinny. Out of these two hybrids, the mule is easier to obtain. The build and size of a mule is largely dependent upon the dam (female horse). They can vary between lightweight, medium weight, or even in some cases heavy weight. A moderately heavy mule, called a “mammoth mule” is the outcome from a draft mare.  They share many characteristics of their donkey sires, such as a short thick head, long ears, thin limbs, narrow hooves, shape of neck and back, and short manes....
Black Western Mule Saddle
                 Fitting a gaited horse can be a challenge, so how do you know if your horse would be right in a gaited saddle. There are several breeds of horses that would benefit from the design of the gaited saddle. These horses need the additional flexibility and “A” shape of the saddle in order to enhance and not hinder their natural ambling gaits. The Saddlebred:                  The Saddlebred stands between 15 and 17 hands. They are defined by their long and arched neck, sloping shoulders and high withers. The Saddlebred has a high set head which is finely sculpted and topped with...
Gaited Horse
     An increasingly popular breed, the American Saddlebred, has a show style that is all its own. The American Saddlebred can be shown “in-hand”, under a cut back saddle, traditional saddle seat with a full bridle, in cart classes, hunt seat, and western. The versatile Saddlebred can do it all. In strictly Saddlebred associated shows, there are a number of things that are a little different. The biggest difference is the crowd. Often, the crowd is full of people yelling, hooting, wooping and cheering for their favorite horses. As oppose to a dressage show where no one makes a sound until the...
saddle seat riding
The MFTHBA specializes in the promotion and recognition of Missouri Fox Trotters as a horse breed. The MFTHBA is the officially recognized Missouri Fox Trotter association. It handles the registration of Missouri Fox Trotters, hosts events for Missouri Fox Trotter owners and enthusiasts, maintains breed records and promotes awareness of the breed as a whole. The MFTHBA is a world-wide organization and has separate divisions for youth and adult members. The MFTHBA creates and publishes the official journal for the Missouri Fox Trotter breed. The MFTHBA is one of the primary sources of...
Missouri Fox Trotter Horse
Overview The American Quarter Horse is a legend in Western equine culture. This breed combines brute strength with graceful aesthetics, making it perfect for athletic showcases and equestrian exhibitions. They are famous for its ability to sprint short distances faster than other stocks. However, it is only in 1940 when a registry was created for its preservation, which is one of the foremost duties of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Texan Beginnings Fort Worth in Texas, USA is the founding home of the AQHA. Incidentally, the birth of the American Quarter Horse registry also...
American Quarter Horse Profile
The Palomino World Show The Palomino World Show is held annually at the end of July in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The world show is intended to provide an annual gathering of Palomino Horse Breeders of America association members, competitors and registered horses from across the country and globe. The best horse and rider teams from around the world compete against one another for top honors during this multi-day competition. There are separate world shows for the youth riders and adult riders, though youth riders are eligible to qualify in the open division of the regular world show. The show brings...
The Basics of Peruvian Paso Horses Gaited horses are gradually gaining popularity in the horse community. Gaited horses such as the Peruvian Paso provide riders with a smoother ride and are known for having good temperaments. These horses are a popular choice with older riders or riders who's physical health problems, such as back and leg pain, may have been keeping them out of the saddle. The Peruvian Paso is a medium-sized horse breed, known primarily for their unique four-beat paso llano and sobreandando gaits, which are performed in place of the trot. The paso llano is a slower, more...
How Saddles Fit It can be challenging to determine what type of saddle for a Missouri Fox Trotter will best suit its unique gaits. It is important to understand the basics of saddle fitting before going shopping. The basic saddle is constructed using a specially sized tree to provide the base structure of the saddle. Traditional trees tend to be constructed of relatively rigid materials, such as fiberglass, wood, rawhide, and even steel. The two most common sizes are semi-quarter horse bars and full quarter horse bars. Essentially, these fit medium-to-wide backed horses with normal or...
Black Gaited Saddle
Basic Breeds There are certain breeds of horse that are far more common than others. These are the breeds that even non-horse people know about and can recognize by name; typically, these are the horses that are seen in movies and on TV shows. The American Quarter Horse Association, for example, has registered over a million horses worldwide and is probably the most commonly seen horse breed in the United States of America. Even a large number of grade horses, those with no papers, typically have some quarter horse blood in their veins. Other common breeds include Thoroughbreds, Arabians,...

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