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Noriker Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Noriker horse is a breed of draft horse that has made a name for itself for being a horse of stamina and toughness. They get their name from the ancient Roman Empire province of Noricum, which is where modern Austria is today. The Romans constructed a system of roadways throughout Noricum and as well as left behind artifacts of horses that resemble the present day Noriker. These horses were used as pack animals and to pull a variation of carts and other animals. They were the ideal horses because they could assist the farmers that worked in the high pastures. They were well known for being sure-footed and capable of pulling large loads over a great distance. (In fact, today, in order for a Noriker to be registered with the association, the horse must pass a variety of tests to measure its strength and speed.)[/-] [...]

Oldenburg Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Oldenburg horse was first bred in Saxon, Germany and they get their name from the man that laid out the foundation of the breed, Count Johan Von Oldenburg. He began to breed them in the late 16th century, starting with Friesian mares being bred with Danish, Turkish, Neopolitan, and Andalusian stallions. Later his son traveled across Europe and brought back the best Spanish and Italian stallions for the purposes of adding speed and strength to the breed. After a time, Oldenburg horse became popular coach horses and then Thoroughbred blood was introduced to add a refinement to these horses. Then in 1820 it became illegal to use any stallions that weren't approved by the government in the breeding process.[/-] [...]

Orlov Trotter Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Orlov Trotter is also simply known as Orlov because of its trot that comes to it naturally. It is also one of the most famous Russian breeds due to its high stamina and speed. The breed was developed in the 18th century by Count Alexei Orlov (1737-1807) on his Khrenovskoy stud farm. The creator in which took part in the assassination of Paul III. The Orlov Trotter was a result of the breeding of a variation of European mares, particularly of English, Dutch, Mecklenburg, and Danish breeding with Arabian stallions. At one point the Orlov was the fastest harness horse on the entire European continent. The breeders of the old days say it takes at least seven generations to define a new breed.[/-] [...]

Belgian Draft Horses In America

The Belgian Draft Horse was not an overnight success in America. The popularity that it now enjoys was won through great perseverance over a century on thousands of ranches and farms. Its popularity has been won in numerous show rings and pulling contests as well as on the streets of America while pulling freight wagons. Today, Belgian Draft Horses outnumber all of the other draft breeds combined in America. The Belgian horse is native to Belgium as its name implies. When the need to produce larger draft type animals for farm and industrial use was recognized, Belgium began to export stallions to fill that need. The Belgian government exported stallions for the use of government stables in France, Italy, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1891. The Belgian government sent an exhibit of the horses to the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago and also to the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1903. This generated a keen interest in the breed. As the acceptance of the breed grew, most major importers began to include the Belgian horse in their offerings. [...]

Paso Fino Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]It was because of Christopher Columbus over 500 years ago, that the Paso Fino horse populated North America. The breed was the result of a cross breeding between the Barb, Andalusia, and Spanish Jennet.[/-] [-]During the 15th century, the Pas Fino was known as Los Caballos De Paso Fino, which meant "the horse with the fine step." The breed was characterized with an especially smooth gait that made it a comfortable ride.[/-] [-]The Paso Fino was for many generations a Latin breed; the horse was preferred over many of the much larger breeds simply because the Latin people did not feel they needed bigger horses, which might be a mark of their confidence. Regardless of the reasons for their preference, the Latin peoples had great pride in the appearance of their horses and the way they performed. The Paso Fino was a horse that carried itself well and did so with much pride or "brios," that it became the most well respected and prized horse of their native lands.[/-] [...]

Percheron Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The ancestors of the modern day Percheron Horses are that of warhorses that carried warriors into battle, while other types of draft horses were working the fields and on farms. They originated in a small province near Normandy, France called Le Perche. These horses were often bred more often for their size and strength. In the 17th century there were in high demand for a variation of different uses; they were often used and became adapted to pulling heavy mail carriages in France. It is believed among many that the Arabian horse played a major role in the development of the Percheron Horse; this supposedly took place around the eighth century. They gained a couple different qualities from the cross breeding of the Arabian blood such as a refined character that can be seen in them today.[/-] [...]

Pinto Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Pinto is technically a color breed or color pattern; they usually consist of patches of white and another color, the color pattern of the Pinto however is what makes the horse unique. These horses are referred to as a color breed where as others earn their name through their genetic ancestry. There are never two pintos with the same pattern of colors. It is believed that the Pinto color pattern arrived in Europe because of the Arabian; this theory is strongly supported through the discovery of ancient art all throughout the Middle East.[/-] [...]

Pony of the Americas Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Pony of the Americas was developed to provide a good looking breed with stamina and speed for young riders that were too big for the likes of a small sized pony but not yet ready for the a full grown horse. This breed is often simply referred to as the POA, has a few distinct traits that it inherited from the Arabian, Shetland, and Welsh ponies. It also has one of the six colors of the Appaloosas. When the POA is first born it is a solid color and begins to show spots as it matures. These ponies are known for their speed. There are races held for them, and many are staged for children. Aside from the racing, these ponies are used on ranches for many things; they excel in such events as jumping, trail and endurance rides. It is a strong and fast horse that can perform a number of different tasks.[/-] [...]

Quarab Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Quarab is a cross between the American Quarter Horse and the Arabian horse, the registry was created in 1989 when lovers of both of these horses desired a combination of the two. The registry is called the United Quarab Registry and the Painted Quarab index was added in the year 1991. This was done to include the tobiano and the overo coat patterns from the American Paint Horse. Horses must be of Arabian, American Quarter Horse, and American Paint Horse bloodline to be registered with the association. Both parents must be registered horses as well. However, horses that display such characteristics as cryptorchild or parrot mouth make the horse ineligible for registration into the association. No other bloodlines are accepted into the registration besides the American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, and the Arabian Horse.[/-] [...]

Russian Heavy Draft Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Russian Heavy Draft wasn't officially registered as a breed until 1952, so it is a relatively young breed of horse. The Russian Heavy Draft has had a large but not known or recorded influence on many other draft horses. In fact, the Russian Draft blood can be found in many of the horses that pull carts in the Russian countryside outside of major cities.[/-] [-]The Russian Heavy Daft mares are well known for their milk production, the fermented milk of mare has long been used as a medicinal tonic throughout southern Russia and central Asia. It was favored by well known authors in the nineteenth century such as Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, and Leo Tolstoy. The milk was thought to stimulate a person's appetite, improve the digestion track, and heighten immunity against [...]

Selle Francais Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]As you may be able to tell from its name, the Selle Francais is French in origin; it is actually considered one of France's most important sport horses. The English pronunciation is close to "Sell-fran-SAY", the horse's full name is Cheval De Selle Francais, which happens to translate into "French Saddle Horse". This breed of horse wasn't named an official breed until 1958 and didn't have their first stud book until 1965. They were brought into existence by crossing other French breeds with the Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Anglo-Arabian. By tracing back in the breed's history, it was revealed that the Selle Francais was one of the few warm blood horse breeds that had very little foreign blood introduced into its bloodline. It also showed that the most influential breed introduced was the Anglo-Arabian.[/-] [...]

Spanish Mustang Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Spanish Mustang, or as it is also known as the Spanish Colonial Horse, has tremendous historical value. These horses are the descendents of horses introduced from Spain during the age of the conquest of the Americas; they are a breed that has mostly been wiped out throughout the years. The Spanish Mustang is sometimes confused with the American Mustang but they differ in appearance and ancestry. They were brought to the new world by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage by order of the Throne. For each ship that was sent to the new world, it carried a selected breeding stock and then stud farms were set up in the Caribbean and Mexico. Horses that were placed on the breeding farm that operated in Sonara, Mexico by Padre Eusebio Kino, a Jesuit Priest, produced a stock that was placed with a group of Christianized Indians. The Apaches however, never took to the ways of Christianity so they attacked the breeding farms and took horses at will.[/-] [...]

Spotted Saddle Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Spotted Saddle Horse has been around since the prehistoric times; this has been proven through the discovery of their likeness carved into the walls of caves. Native Americans took a great liking to these horses and many tribes selected them as their preferred war mounts. The Spotted Saddle Horses of today can actually be traced back to horses that escaped ships that wrecked on American shores. These horses had a favored gait and after the end of the United States Civil War, many horses with this gait were imported to establish the breed in the country. As the years passed, selective breeding helped to produce a horse with a smooth gait and significant variation of color; this horse became known as the Spotted Saddle Horse.[/-] [...]

Standardbred Weird facts Did You Know?

[-]The Standardbred horse is considered to be the fastest harness horse on earth. The Morgan Horse held the title until the mid 1800s when a Standardbred named "Hambletonian 10" was foaled. This horse became the foundation sire.[/-] [-]The breed got its name from the fact it must meet a quota of standards in order to be registered with the breed; first it must be tested in the mile run and meet a certain timed speed or it must meet a standard of breeding to be registered with the breed. The name "Standardbred" wasn't first used until 1879.[/-] [...]

Suffolk Punch Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

[-]The Suffolk Punch Horse is the oldest of heavy draft horses to exist in Great Britain retaining its state. It dates clear back as far as the 16th century, around the year 1506. The male side of this horse can actually all be traced back to one stallion, a horse named "Crisp's Horse of Ufford" who was foaled in 1768. The Suffolk has the longest written pedigree of any breed of horse; this goes back to the time of Crisp's Horse of Ufford when all the other male lines died out. It appeared to happen again at the beginning of the 19th century then again in 1940. The horse's legs give people the impression that they can't support the rest of the body because they are so short and stubby like, which is where they get their nickname "the Suffolk Punch."[/-] [...]

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