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The Hackney Horse and the Hackney Pony have become so intertwined that many people assume that the pony is simply and shorter version of the horse, but this is actually not true. Even though they are usually found in the same breeding societies, both can be considered to be individual breeds, and while the pony certainly came from the horse, they enjoy two very different histories. Here we'll take a look at the differences between the Hackney Horse and the Hackney Pony.
The Hackney horse can actually trace its history all the way back to medieval times, when the word "haquenee" was used in the language of the time that combined Old English and French. The word was meant to describe a horse with a comfortable trot, and it came to describe a horse that was able to serve in a variety of tasks, from riding and driving to doing light work, with a great deal of stamina and an excellent trotting gait. [...]
The Hackney Horse has enjoyed popularity in its native country for centuries, thanks to its wonderful trot, stamina and proud bearing. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the Hackney started to find itself exported all throughout the world, from North America to Australia. The Hackney's appearance in the United States happened relatively early as compared to other countries, and the horse arrived thanks in no small part to one wealthy businessman and horse enthusiast. Not only did the Hackney arrive in America early, but its dedicated breed society was formed hot on the heels of the society formed in its native country. [...]
It is truly remarkable that one hundred years ago the Haflinger was a local mountain horse in Austria and today there are nearly a quarter of a million of the breed around the world! Obviously, the breed itself merits this popularity, thanks to its versatility, handsome features and pleasant temperament, but it also had a great deal of help from its dedicated breed organization which manages the breeding goals of the Haflinger around the world. Here we'll take a look at the World Haflinger Federation, how they keep the breeding goals on track, and just some of the success that the Haflinger has seen in competitions around the world. [...]
To some, it may be surprising that a breed of horse that has such a long and traceable history as the Danish Knabstrup could ever have been in danger. But as any reputable breeder of any animal can tell you, popularity can bring about a breed's downfall. [...]
The practice of cross breeding the Arabian horse is certainly not a recent phenomenon. All of the modern so-called "light breeds" are the results of native crosses with the beautiful and versatile Arabian. Breeds like Lipizzaners, Thoroughbreds, Morgans and American Walking Horses are just a few that can trace their lineage back to Arabians. They've also been in America longer than many realize, with George Washington even owning a Half-Arabian called "Blueskin." Today, the Half-Arabian is one of the most popular horses in the United States with nearly 300,000 Half-Arabians registered with the Arabian Horse Association. Here we'll take a look at some of the more popular crosses and what makes each cross special. [...]
The original role of the Tennessee Walking Horse was to provide a comfortable mode of transportation for the tobacco plantation owners in the southern United States. Although this role was ideal for the Tennessee Walking Horse and its smooth gait, these horses were also used as driving and harness horses for taking the family back and forth to town as well as driving in areas where roads were developed. The appearance and gaited stride of the Tennessee Walking Horse made it an ideal breed for both of these tasks; although there is no doubt that they were most famous as a smooth and comfortable riding horse. Originally there were only a small number of Tennessee Walking Horses available but the legend soon spread from plantation owner to owner about the fast running walk of the breed and its ability to cover large distances in a short amount of time without any of the discomfort of the non-gaited horses.
Once the Tennessee Walking Horse became a more popular breed and many of the plantations were divided into smaller farms, the Tennessee Walking Horse was also used as a general farm horse. [...]
Registering a Half-Arabian is not as difficult as it may seem. Unlike other breeds, Half-Arabians are welcome with open arms in a variety of different registries, most notably the Arabian Horse Association. Some of the crosses with Arabians have become so commonplace and popular that they have become recognized as breeds themselves and have their own registries. Here we'll take a look at how to register a Half-Arabian with the Arabian Horse Association and other registries that will accept some of the more popular Arabian crosses. [...]
The Irish Draught Sport Horse (or the Irish Sport Horse, depending on if you're in North America or Europe), had traditionally been a cross between the Irish Draught and the Thoroughbred. Not yet considered its own breed, despite the fact that it is often bred from parents that are both Irish Draught Sport Horses as well as purebred crosses, these popular horses can be registered through the Irish Draught studbooks in both North America and in the horse's native Ireland. [...]
The Hanoverian Horse has become well known all over the world for its dominance in the equestrian sport of dressage. Show jumping, however, has been somewhat more difficult to succeed in, with several of the Hanoverian lines producing extraordinary dressage horses that do not jump well. This has started to change in the last several years, thanks to the efforts of the Programm Hannoveraner Springpferdezucht, or the Jumping Hanoverian Breeding Program in the horse's native Germany, which has led to the creation of a similar program in North America. [...]
Although it is widely known that no horses have been imported into Iceland for over eight hundred years, making this horse possibly the purest of all breeds, some may be surprised to learn that the Icelandic Horse has been exported almost since the beginning of its history. First sent to Norwegian kings as gifts, Icelandic Horses also made appearances in Denmark and the British Isles in different periods in history. By the 20th century, the horse was so widely exported that there were easily as many Icelandic Horses in Europe as there were in Iceland, an impressive feat when the horse is so incredibly popular in its native country. [...]
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Icelandic Horse is that it has remained a true pure breed for over eight hundred years. Over the centuries, the horse has adapted to this famously harsh environment and has also changed due to selective breeding, having always lived both in partnership with man and running free in the wild. While it might seem that a totally isolated breed would run the risk of the dangers of inbreeding, the Icelandic Horse has not only survived, but thrived under such difficult conditions. [...]
Since the Second World War, there have been a handful of Hungarian Warmbloods that have done more than their fair share of promoting the breed, whether it was through their offspring or their own amazing achievements. Here are just a few of the most famous Hungarian Warmbloods that have made significant contributions to the breed and its development in the United States. [...]
Many of Europe's most famous breeds of horses were nearly wiped out as a result of the two world wars that ravaged the continent during the twentieth century. But none perhaps came so close to the brink as the Hungarian Warmblood. In a story that sounds like it was made for the big screen, the breed was saved by no less a personage than General Patton, in addition to two Hungarian Countesses who made their own daring escapes to the United States after World War II and other enthusiasts of the breed. [...]
It is hard to believe that the outstanding competitive sports horse known as the Trakehner almost became extinct at different times in its history. The existence of the breed is largely due to very dedicated people that risked their lives to save what horses they could.
The Trakehner breed was developed on the Trakehner stud, developed and started by King Frederick Wilhelm 1 in 1732 in what is now known as Poland. During the studs history invading armies made evacuation of the farm with the horses critical at four different times in the farm's history. The worst and most devastation evacuation occurred in World War ll with the invasion of the Russian army in the winter of 1944. Although there were almost 60,000 horses in the stud area, many owned by private individuals, there were only several thousand that could be moved, all harnessed to wagons or ridden and trekked across almost 1500 km or 900 miles through harsh winter conditions. There was little food and even less shelter, so most of the mares aborted or died along the route. The owners also died from malnutrition, sickness and injury along the evacuation route. [...]
The German Pinscher is still a relatively rare breed within the United States and countries outside of Europe, so breeding the German Pinscher does require a bit of research since it may be difficult to locate other owners in your area. The good aspect of this limited availability of German Pinschers is that the breed has not been mishandled by backyard breeders and puppy mills or puppy farms, meaning that there are fewer chances that you will find a genetically inferior German Pinscher male, or female, even if you are not able to afford breeding into championship lines.
When planning to breed your female German Pinscher the first step is to have her completely tested for any health issues. This can include having her hips, eyes and joints tested as well as any other health concerns. Always ensure that her vaccinations and worming schedules are up to date and then take her to the vet for a general examination. Explain to the vet that you are planning to breed her so the vet can complete all the blood tests or other exams needed. [...]