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Miniature horses make wonderful pets; you should be able to adopt a mini fairly easily through a horse rescue organization, buy one from an auction, on the Internet, or from an individual owner. There is no need to spend a huge amount of money to buy a miniature horse when there are those that didn't meet the standards to be used as guide or therapy horses that need loving homes. [...]
The National Show Horse or NSH has the same general characteristics as both of the founding lines in the breed, which is the fire and spirit of the Arabian and the flash and show of the American Saddlebred. The Arabian is also a very beautiful horse that loves to show off and draw the attention of the crowd. These characteristics are highly regarded in the NSH, which, as the name indicates, has been developed specifically for the show ring.
The NSH is known for its highly competitive nature, which often translates into excitability and spirit in the ring. Being able to provide a training program that allows the rider the control necessary to show the horse while still developing the natural zeal for competition that the breed has is one of the main goals of the training program. A poorly trained or poorly worked National Show Horse can be high strung and difficult to control at best, and completely out of control at worst. Since this breed does favor the temperament of the hotbloods, it is important to keep this in mind while training. [...]
The Fell Pony is reputed to be gentle and willing to work with children as well as adults, but the truth is that this breed, which has survived for centuries in the harsh landscape known as the Cambrian Mountains, may not be the best choice for those inexperienced with the breed. This sense of survival has created a pony that is fiercely intelligent, independent, curious, strong, energetic and that doesn't always appreciate the concept of working for others. We can learn a few things about this clever pony by taking a closer look at its temperament and its rate of maturity, which can give us clues about the best ways to train the Fell Pony. [...]
Despite the fact that the Lusitano only earned its own studbook in the late 1960â€™s, the horse has been used for centuries in its native country of Portugal in the traditional pursuits of dressage and bullfighting. Portuguese bullfighting is quite different from Spanish bullfighting, which most people identify as one man entering an arena on foot to fight a bull alone. The Lusitano actually plays an integral role in bullfighting, and as one can imagine, this requires the highest levels of training, not to mention a great deal of courage on the part of the horse! Here we'll take a look at how Portuguese bullfighting is different from other forms of bullfighting and the Lusitano's important role in this long standing tradition. [...]
Dressage is not just an equestrian sport which is growing in popularity all over the world, but many consider it to be an art form that dates back centuries. Originally, dressage, which comes from the French for training, was used like its origins imply, for training horses for battle and other pursuits. By the Renaissance period, aristocrats were showing off their horse's talents in dressage pageants. By the 18th century, riding schools had formed in Europe that elevated the training to a very high level. This tradition continues today in three major riding schools that trace their histories back to this important time period: the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the Cadre Noir in France, and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. [...]
The Lipizzaner is probably best known for its extraordinary ability in dressage, but this pairing is by no means an accident, as the breed has been trained in the ancient art of dressage for centuries. Thanks to the breed's connection to the oldest riding school of its kind in the world, the Spanish Riding School, the Lipizzaner can still be seen today being trained in the traditional, Haute Ecole methods of dressage that date back to the 18th century. [...]
The Lipizzaner is known principally for its strength in dressage and for its ability to do the famous airs above the ground. Only a few breeds in the world have the capability to do the famous airs because they require a substantial amount of strength in the hindquarters that most breeds simply do not possess. Only after achieving the highest level of dressage training can a Lipizzaner begin training for these impressive and difficult exercises. [...]
The Latvian Horse is basically a breed with its origin from Latvia, dating back to as early as the 20th century. The original breed of these horses was primarily obtained by crossing the native horses with the west European harness and harness-saddle breeds. [...]
Many owners and breeders of the Rocky Mountain Horse consider them to be some of the easiest and most even dispositioned horses to work with a train. They are very affectionate towards humans and seem to naturally understand what the rider is asking, even with only minimal training. The traditional methods of training the Rocky Mountain Horse which includes lots of handling and attention when the foals are young and then halter training yearlings and working on desensitization training, then moving in to saddle breaking when the horse is about two are still considered to be the most effective methods. Rocky Mountain Horses, like most breeds of horses, thrive on positive, routine and consistent training methods that are designed with the horse's abilities and training progression in mind. Emphasis in all training programs with the Rocky Mountain Horse is to increase the horse's trust and affection towards the rider while also allowing the horse to understand how to use its own natural intelligence when on the trail or when being ridden. [...]
Like all gaited horses the Tennessee Walking Horse is know for its own particular gaits. The two gaits associated with the breed are the flat-footed walk and the running walk. They also have a unique canter that is called a rocking horse canter as the movement is like sitting on a slightly moving rocking horse rather than the more bouncy canter of many other breeds. The Tennessee Walking Horse may also exhibit or use other gaits such as the single foot, rack and a stepping pace or even a regular trot. In horse shows a Tennessee Walking Horse using these gaits would be disqualified or severely faulted for although they are a typical gaited horse movement they are not the correct gait for a Tennessee Walking Horse.
The Tennessee Walking Horse, like all true gaited breeds, will naturally use the flat walk and the running walk. What they may not naturally do is the high extensions and exaggerated movement of the front and hind legs that are so popular in shows and parades. [...]
Training a Thoroughbred to race begins when the colt or filly is relatively young. Since the Thoroughbred is a fast maturing breed and the jockeys are very light, often full training is started when the horse is just over a year. It is important to note that all Thoroughbred horses have the same birthday. For Thoroughbreds in the Northern Hemisphere all Thoroughbreds are considered to be one year older on January 1st of each year. In the Southern Hemisphere all Thoroughbreds become one year older on July 1st of each year.
Typically a race horse owner will not be either the trainer or the jockey, and will likely have little to do with the horse, especially in the larger stables. The colts and fillies are vet tested and examined before purchase and the history of the pedigree is very important in selecting a potential winning Thoroughbred. There are over 30,000 Thoroughbreds registered each year in the United States, with only a very small percentage of those horses ever actually getting to the track as competitors. [...]
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. [...]
While the Westphalian is a very versatile horse that can be used in dressage, driving, pleasure riding and eventing, but the breed is probably best known for its ability as a show jumper. A horse of the Westphalian breed has won many gold, silver and bronze medals in the last several Olympics and World Cup events in the show jumping class, largely due to their superb athletic ability, competitive nature and ideal conformation for jumping.
Training the Westphalian for jumping is similar to training any of the warmblood competitive breeds. One of the major considerations is to determine when the colt or filly is physically and mentally mature enough to start training. The Westphalian is typically a very calm and even tempered horse even as a colt or filly, so training at the age of two is not uncommon. [...]
Working with, riding or training a Welsh Pony really is a wonderful experience. No matter which type of Welsh Pony or Welsh Cob Pony type you are working with the outstanding temperament is one of intelligence willingness to work and learn as well as what many describe as a sense of humor. These ponies can be a bit cheeky and independent and do best when handled consistently and firmly in training. Welsh Ponies should never be trained using any type of negative or punishment based training as they will respond very well to positive, training and rewards. The Welsh Pony really enjoys being around people and doing what the rider or handler wants. While enjoying a carrot or bit of a treat, these horses will also respond just as much to a word of praise and gentle pat for a job well done. [...]
The Waler horse is considered to be very typical of a warmblood horse in its temperament and versatility. Since the Waler was originally used in several different types of activities and has a wide range of horse breeds in its history it is not surprising that they would have a wide range of skills and abilities.
The pony type of Waler makes an excellent children's horse since they have a very gentle temperament and are true people horses. They seem to love to have lots of attention and enjoy interacting with children and adults alike. Unlike some of the pony breeds the smaller Walers in the pony category are more horse like in temperament and appearance and make ideal mounts for even inexperienced children once they are fully trained. Pony Club events including saddle seat, hunter seat, show jumping and dressage are all ideal activities for the Waler. In addition these ponies can be used in gymkhana type events such as pole bending and barrel racing where their shorter bodies and athletic ability make them championship material. [...]