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When it comes to competition, the Hackney Pony is actually divided into four distinct types. These types differ in terms of size, the type of discipline shown in the ring, as well as mane and tail appearance. Each of the four types, being Cob Pony, Harness Pony, Road Pony and Pleasure Pony, are different and are dynamic in their own ways in the show ring. As these versatile ponies are mostly bred for competition today, and many ponies may be eligible for more than one class, breeders, owners and trainers should work together to decide which class will be best for an up and coming pony. Here we'll take a closer look at the four types of Hackney Pony. [...]
Despite the Hackney Pony's humble beginnings of living year round on the harsh moors of Southern England, this versatile pony today is primarily bred for competition, and what a wide range of competition! In the United States alone, there are dozens of competitions open to the Hackney Pony, whether it is a weanling or a seasoned professional. They can participate in both breed competitions and open competitions, where they can pit their performances against other pony breeds. Even in its native England, the Hackney Pony can participate in the eagerly awaited National Breed Show. [...]
As with other ponies, Hackney Ponies are assumed to have gentle temperaments and will be good with children. Unfortunately, there is a lot of conflicting information as to whether these high performance ponies are suitable for working with children or not. Some claim that they are too aggressive, while others maintain that they have the same calm temperaments as other ponies that find their origins on the moors of southern England. Here we'll take a closer look at whether Hackney Ponies and children should go together. [...]
The Haflinger has got to be one of the most versatile breeds of horse in the world, with literally dozens of different disciplines being practiced by the Haflinger every day. These horses are known for their extraordinarily kind temperaments and make wonderful family horses, whether for adults or for children and their potential is nearly limitless. Whether one is looking for a horse for jumping, dressage or driving, the Haflinger can fit the bill and more. Here are just a few of the disciplines the versatile Haflinger can participate in. [...]
The stunning Knabstrup, with its varying patterns of spots and colors, has long been admired for its beauty. Once the playthings of nobility and royalty, the Knabstrup has earned its keep by being the carriage horses of the rich, the impressive steed of military leaders, and the prancing performer of the stage and circuses. In today's times, the Knabstrup is still called upon to catch the eyes of judges all while enjoying the tasks that competitive showing brings. [...]
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. [...]
Without a doubt, the most challenging of all the equine competitive events must be the competition of eventing. Comprised of the three different equestrian events of dressage, show jumping and cross country, the event often takes place over three days and requires not only athleticism and endurance, but balance, intelligence and accuracy. One of the top breeds in the world in this competition is the Irish Sport Horse. At every level, from amateur to the highest international competition, it is not uncommon to find the best horses in eventing have some kind of Irish Draught blood running through their veins. [...]
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. [...]
Today, the Hanoverian is among the most important Warmblooded breeds in the world. This breed is considered to be one of the most winning breeds, having won gold medals in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines, and is world renowned for its unparalleled temperament, agility and grace. Hanoverians have become synonymous with dressage, so it might surprise a lot of people that this breed has very humble beginnings as carriage horses, although rather prized ones by the end of the 18th century. Unlike other breeds with traditional driving backgrounds that have stuck close to their roots, the Hanoverian made the successful switch from driving to competitive riding. [...]
As the popularity of the Highland Pony grows, so does the desire to compete with the versatile breed in a variety of competitions. But just like with any breed, there are certain rules to follow in preparation of presenting a Highland Pony at a show, whether it is for showing a pony in hand or for a riding competition. Not following these recommendations will not bar a Highland from competition, but its handler or rider can expect to be placed very low in the standings if they are not followed. Many of these recommendations are made in order to make the ponies look their very best, but others are in place for the health and safety of the pony. [...]
One of the reasons the Highland Pony has been growing in popularity in recent years is the fact that the Highland is one of the most versatile pony's native to Britain. While it has always traditionally been used as a utility horse, it has been popular for Scottish trekking for centuries, as well as in stalking and shooting. Today, the Highland is participating in a wide variety of competitions, from in hand to riding and driving. Thanks to its wonderful temperament and athletic ability, the only limitations for the Highland Pony are the imagination!
Pony trekking is a very popular way of sightseeing in the Scottish Highlands and the Highland Pony is particularly suited to this kind of work because of its calm temperament. [...]
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. [...]
Much like other breeds where breeders wish to keep conformation to very high standards, the Holsteiners are tested at several levels in order to be included in the studbook. However, all breeds have their own individual take on the concept of testing and the Holsteiner is no different. The high standard of testing for this breed has been going on for over seven hundred years and continues today around the world. While the American Holsteiner Horse Association is independent from the original Holsteiner Verband in the breed's native Germany, the American association keeps an informal working relationship with the original organization and their testing is based on the time tested performance tests from Germany. Holsteiners must be presented for inspection at all stages of life, from foals to stallions ready to cover. Let's take a look at what to expect from the Mare Performance Test. [...]
Presenting your Holsteiner for American Holsteiner Horse Association approvals can be an exciting but nerve wracking experience. This should be a special day for owners to spend with their Holsteiner, no matter what age, and is the result of what can be anywhere from weeks to years of training. The competition will certainly be steep, so owners will want to do everything they can to make sure their Holsteiner is ready for their moment in the spotlight. Here are a few tips for being ready to present your Holsteiner.
Foals and yearlings should be well groomed and clean. Braiding is not necessary at this young age, and clipping is not necessary unless you live in a very mild area. Before the show, it is advised to spend a few weeks working on standing in an open position and leading. For their evaluation, foals are stood up for conformation and then set free for a liberty evaluation. Make sure your foal is easy to catch after the evaluation by establishing a cue for a quick retrieval. [...]