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Palominos As Show Horses

There is no doubt that the flashy, showy coat and dramatic color combinations of the gold coat and the flaxen mane and tail make the palomino coloration a popular addition to shows and parades. Since the horse does have a dramatic coat presentation they are eye catching in the ring and are also one of the most recognized coat colorations, even for people that are not really familiar with horses. Palominos, since they are a color registry rather than a specific breed registry, can be shown in many different types of events. The most stereotypical type of show for a palomino is the western pleasure class where the beautiful and ornate tack as well as the fancy western dress of the riders can really contrast and highlight the rich golden color of the palomino. Palominos also make great stock horses and many are seen in reining, cutting and even rodeo events. [...]

Riding the Missouri Fox Trotter

The Missouri Fox Trotter is native to the United States. This animal is a picture of elegance and grace; its normal gait is in a diagonal line. The front legs walk and the back legs trot behind. The rider does not bounce up and down, but rather moves in a rhythmic gliding motion. Its graceful appearance is accentuated by its proudly raised head and elevated tail. A Missouri Fox Trotter should be 14 to 16 hands high to carry the weight of an adult rider. [...]

Show Jumping The Oldenburg

The Oldenburg is one of the most popular of the show horse breeds or crosses and is considered to favor the hunter style of body. This means that the horse has a good leg length, strong and well proportioned body, as well as good jumping ability and movement between jumps. Teaching the Oldenburg show jumping or hunter seat is almost a natural with these horses seeming to take to the show ring with much less training than other breeds. As with any type of horse there will be some Oldenburgs that are more athletic than others, and not all Oldenburgs make show jumping horses, but most will make excellent riding horses. The Oldenburg is considered to be an easy to handle horse that is competitive but not high strung or flighty in competition. Training needs to start at an early age and will include halter training, desensitization and basic dressage training. Although many Oldenburgs will not continue on to dressage competitions, it is considered to be the most effective way to teach the horse flexibility, balance and focus, the skills most needed for show jumping. [...]

The Fox Trot Gait of the Missouri Fox Trotter

The Missouri Fox Trotter has a unique gait. The first thing noticeable to the rider is the smooth ride. The gait is natural, so there is no undo effort on the horse to maintain this complicated gait. As the horse moves it steps forward on its two front hooves and the back hooves trot; in doing so the horse seems to move in a diagonal direction. The trotting gait is the signature move of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse. The horse moves in smooth motion; the head bobs up and down with the gait. The horse's ears and neck are erect, while the tail is slightly elevated and bobs up and down with each step. The Missouri Fox Trotter is a beautiful horse, and truly fascinating to watch. [...]

The Missouri Fox Trotter Show Classes and Events

The Missouri Fox Trotter is an amazing breed of horse to watch. A commonality among this breed is their gait. They walk with their front hooves and trot along with their back hooves. When they are well trained, the Missouri Fox Trotter has a fluid motion from head to tail. The head moves with the gait; the ears and neck are proudly poised while stepping. It is almost a dance. [...]

Showing The Noriker

The Noriker is a very impressive looking horse with the beautiful, rich coat color and the long, thick and dense mane, tail and forelock. The Noriker may be shown in-hand, also known as a halter class in North America, as well as in riding, jumping, basic dressage, and pleasure classes. The calm and even disposition of the Noriker makes it an ideal show horse that is rarely high strung or nervous in the ring once properly desensitized and trained. Showing the Noriker starts with training the horse within the specific discipline that you wish to compete. Since these horses are so versatile it is possible to train them for a variety of different types of event including riding and driving competitions. Many Norikers will excel at other, non-traditional events such as basic dressage and even hunter seat which combines movement with some jumping, but not as intense of jump heights as show jumping events include. [...]

Entering A New Forest Pony In A Show

As with any type of horse competition, there are rules and show guidelines for entering a New Forest pony. The New Forest Pony Breeding and Cattle Society sponsors and hosts many of the New Forest Pony shows and also sets the guidelines under which the ponies are shown. Since the New Forest breed has been developed to be a versatile, working style of pony there is less focus on the enhancement of the appearance using additional tack and specific types of show ring styles as seen with some of the other breeds. A New Forest Pony show pony will be entered into a competition in his or her natural state, save for a few slight cosmetic options. The ponies are shown with their manes and tails down and full, although they can be slightly but not overly pulled. This is different than many competitions that allow the manes to be pulled very short or the mane is plaited or braided for competition. The New Forest Pony's tail is likewise left natural although it can be trimmed to present a flat bob-like appearance at the hock level. [...]

Competitions For National Show Horses

The movement of the National Show Horse is what makes it a crowd favorite and has led to the huge amount of interest in the breed in various shows around the country. While still most common in the United States where it was first bred and developed, the National Show Horse is used in dressage, hunter seat and show as well as driving competitions. The goal of the original breeders of the National Show Horse was to develop a flashy, gaited horse that combined the refinement and athletic ability of the Arabian with the gaited and elegant American Saddlebred. The majority of the competitions that National Show Horses are entered in are monitored and supported by the National Show Horse Registry. There are also an increasing number of exhibition events at other national and international horse One of the most common events that the young NSH is entered into include halter classes where the horse is judge based solely on his or her conformation and qualities. This type of event is often for the younger horses but any stallion, mare, filly, colt or weanling can compete in their respective class. [...]

Mustangs in Competition

The mustang, by its very lifestyle, has to be an athletic, strong, and independent animal. They had to use their instincts and wits to survive on the open grazing ranges, and they can use this natural intelligence to become highly competitive horses. Mustangs are typically smaller horses due to the relatively poor pasture conditions in most areas they naturally roam. With the more recent infusion of some Thoroughbred and Draft Horse blood into the mustang lines, especially in the early 1900's, there are some fairly heavy and long legged types of mustangs, but these tend to be found only in specific wild herds, not as a general characteristic of the population. [...]

Mustangs in Competition

The mustang, by its very lifestyle, has to be an athletic, strong and independent animal. They had to use their instincts and wits to survive on the open grazing ranges, and they can use this natural intelligence to become highly competitive horses. Mustangs are typically smaller horses due to the relatively poor pasture conditions in most areas they naturally roam. With the more recent infusion of some Thoroughbred and Draft Horse blood into the mustang lines, especially in the early 1900's, there are some fairly heavy and long legged types of mustangs, but these tend to be found only in specific wild herds, not as a general characteristic of the population. [...]

Gaited Movement Of The Mountain Pleasure Horse

One of the many reasons why people are attracted to the gaited horse breeds is because of their easy, ground covering gait that is smooth and relaxing to ride, even in the roughest of terrain. Since the Mountain Pleasure Horse was developed in the mountains and foothill areas of Eastern Kentucky in the United States there was a great deal of emphasis placed on the gait as well as the disposition in the breed. Unlike many of the gaited breeds where flash or appearance came first, the Mountain Pleasure Horse was bred for performance first and foremost. [...]

Trail Riding Events

The Mountain Pleasure Horse is one of the premier trail riding horses for several reasons. Some of the major reasons that this breed excels at this event or sport is simply because they have been bred to have a relaxed, patient and hard working disposition matched with a gentle, even gaited stride that seems to eat up the miles and makes even the roughest ground seem smooth. The horses, through history, have been developed in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky and have naturally hard hooves, strong legs and the ability to work in poor footing and difficult conditions with ease. [...]

The Versatility of the Morgan

Since the beginning of the Morgan's history, the horse has been well known for its ability to work all week in the fields, elegantly drive a carriage to Sunday meetings, and take on all comers whenever an opportunity to race presented itself. Today, this versatility continues thanks to many different disciplines that are available to the breed. From dressage to Working Western, the Morgan continues to succeed in whatever kind of equestrian challenge it takes on. Here are just a few of the different disciplines that Morgans are participating and excelling in. [...]

Showing the Hackney Horse

As one of the oldest breeding societies in the United States, it should come as no surprise that the American Hackney Horse Society offers a number of different competitions for those who wish to show their Hackney Horse in the ring. Outside of the Society, competitions also exist which pit Hackneys against other breeds on a national scale. Back in its native country, a week long competition dedicated to the Hackney Horse brings together breeders, competitors and enthusiasts alike. Here, we'll take a look at just a few of the outlets that are available for those that wish to show their Hackney Horse. [...]

Different Types of Latvian Harness Horses

The Latvian Harness horse is basically a breed of an ancient lineage, originating from Latvia, formerly the U.S.S.R. in the 19th century. This breed is believed to have a close relation to the Dole Gudbrandsdal, North Swedish Horse, Zemaituka, Finnish Draft and Oldenburg. [...]

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