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Swedish Ardennes Weird Facts Did You Know?

The idea behind the development of the Swedish Ardennes horse was to create a heavier horse than the native Swedish horses. Their main purpose was to perform work on farms that the other horses couldn't handle. Since the time when tractors and other forms of mechanization took the place of most horses on a farm, these horses have managed to maintain a degree of popular. Particularly, they are still used as carthorses and for hauling timber in areas that machines cannot access. [...]

Swedish Warmblood Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Swedish Warmblood along with the Swedish Ardennes and the North Swedish Horse are one of the few breeds of horse that have a studbook in Sweden. Although, Sweden produces a great number of coldbloods, the warmbloods coming close second, as a strong competitor and also because it is gaining much popularity. They are only bred in the Southern half of Sweden and for the longest time there were no rules or regulations involving their breeding standards. Then later, standards were put in place, which were based on selective breeding and locating the finest pedigrees. The breed was required to go through a series of examinations to be accepted into the stud. The Swedish Warmblood of today is the result. [...]

Tiger Horse Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Tiger Horse is a spotted horse most commonly used for trail riding; their coat color is very similar to the color of the Appaloosa. The have a gait that is often referred to as the "Indian Shuffle", this was an intermediate four beat gait that was considered rare. When other horses of were worth around thirty dollars, these horses usually fetched around fifty. They are a unique breed. There was a time where they weren't very popular, but today they are well known. The Tiger Horse excels in trail riding and is becoming well known in the show ring. They are a quiet horse but intelligent and love to be around people; they are also very gentle, but, at times, can be very spirited. [...]

Walkaloosa Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Walkaloosa originates from Spanish bloodlines such as the Paso Fino, and has the gait style of the Appaloosa; of course, the Appaloosa can be crossbred with almost any breed of gaited horse and it will produce the Walkaloosa. They can walk, canter, and gait, all with a great ease. The Walkaloosa was developed by the Shoshone and Nez Perce Indians gathering the spotted horses that are believed to the ones left behind by Columbus and the following Spaniards. After these horses were gathered, they started their own breeding program. During the early 1800s, in America, horses were only being sold for as little as two dollars, [...]

Westphalian Weird Facts Did You Know?

The Westphalian Horse is no different than any other German Warmblood horse; it is named after the area in which it originates. Over the years, this horse has become an important part of the Olympic and National riding schools as it is located in Westphalia. This breed of horse bears a striking resemblance to the Hanoverian, although the Westphalian is a bit larger due to its ancestors performing farm work and performing other tasks for the army. [...]

Preserving the Boerperd Horse

In 1948, a group of enthusiastic horse breeders formed a group known as The Cape Boerperd Breeders Society. This group banded together in their cause when they realized that the Boerperd horse was disappearing very quickly during our age of mechanization. The people who formed this organization and society realized the popularity of the old Cape horse throughout the entire world. They knew that by working toward their cause of preserving the Boerperd horse breed, that the breed would be welcomed by other countries in the future.The Cape horse was infamous for its endurance and hardiness. The breed was able to work hard on a minimal amount of feed and still manage to maintain its good condition. These characteristics were deemed to be outstanding and people began to work hard and relentlessly to raise the breed. They desired to implement a breed with all of these characteristics and refine and improve it. The goal was to make it as suitable as possible for the conditions in South Africa. [...]

The Boeperd Horse in Settling Africa

The Boerperd breed began to be developed in 1652, a short time after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck to the Cape. The history of the growth and development of the Boerperd horse is connected inseparably and parallel to the history of the white settlers in Southern Africa. This history can be subdivided into three periods: 1652 to 1836 or Jan van Riebeeck's arrival to the Great Trek; 1836 to 1899 or the Great Trek to the start of the Boer War; and 1899, the Boer war, to the present time period.1652 to 1836-Jan van Riebeeck to the Great TrekDuring the reign of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape, the first horses were imported to the area from Java. In 1665, the first horses were sold to the Free Burghers by the Dutch East Indian Company.Persian Arab horses were imported due to a problem with inbreeding. For a period of approximately 150 years, the horses in the Cape were bred with the Eastern blood of the Persian Arab horse. This developed a distinct type of horse and the Cape horse breed was developed. [...]

Boulonnais as a Draft Horse

The Boulonnais is considered to be the most noble of draft horses from Europe. This horse has a unique conformation and appearance that is due to its ancestry which is quite unusual. The Boulonnais has the hot blood of the Arabian and the cold blood of the old European horses. This unusual mixture makes for a refined and graceful draft horse.The Boulonnais originated in northwestern France. It was developed by crossing the ancient cold blooded horses with those of Eastern blood. It was after the region was occupied by the Romans that the Arabian hot blooded line was introduced. It was again introduced with the horses that were captured during the Crusades. The original purpose of the Boulonnais was to work the land as a draft horse. It was also used to haul the boats used for fishing, from the sea.When you think of a fairytale, the horse that you would most expect to see would be a Boulonnais. This horse has the muscled thighs, large shape and broad chest that every fairytale horse must possess, except the Boulonnais is very real. [...]

What Makes the American Cream Draft Unique

Compared to the many thousands of Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Arabians registered throughout the world, there are barely more than three hundred American Cream Draft horses registered altogether. Although being the only draft horse ever developed in the United States makes it wholly unique, the breeds' coloring genes are famously distinctive as well. The Cream Draft holds all the physical characteristics of any other draft horse; however, their off white coat coloring makes them hard to miss. After much research, scientists discovered that the American Cream Draft does not display some variant or offshoot of color as previously thought. The Cream Draft actually carries dominant genes not found in other types of draft horses. [...]

The Thoroughbred of the Draft Horse Type

If ever there was a real to life fairytale horse, it would be the Boulonnais. With a super strength combined with an exquisite elegance, the Boulonnais is often referred to as the Thoroughbred of Draft horses. Unlike other draft horses, the Boulonnais is able to maintain speed while running long distances. It is the perfect combination of speed, strength, versatility and elegance.It is believed that the Boulonnais descended from the Numidian horses which were imported by Julius Caesar and his legions. These horses were kept with the legions along the coasts of the Pas-de-Calais before they invaded what is now known as Great Britain. After the Crusades, and the occupation of Flanders by the Spanish, there was a great deal of Andalusian and Oriental blood added to the Boulonnais bloodlines. There were several more crosses with the stock from Andalucía and an introduction to the Mecklenburg bloodlines from Germany. These crosses shaped the breed of the Boulonnais even further. [...]

Breeding the Buckskin

There are many in the equine world who believe that a Buckskin horse is merely a color of a horse. However, the Buckskin horse is noted for several qualities that are characteristic to only the Buckskin and not other types of equines. The color of the Buckskin is indicative of a superior and genetic heritage that they alone possess.The Buckskin horse has been noted for quite a long period of time for their strength and qualities which are considered to be superior. They are thought to possess a greater stamina and determination than many other horse breeds. They are also believed to have feet which are harder and a better bone and are considered to be hardier than other equinesIt is believed that the Buckskin horse originated from the Spanish Sorraia horse. The Sorraia horse blood has been filtered into almost every horse breed that is found in today's world. This is the reason that the Buckskin horse can be found in nearly all breeds.It was believed in the past that if a Buckskin and a Dun Horse were bred to each other that an Albino foal would be the result. [...]

Changes In The Breed Throughout History

The Ardennais horse is one of the oldest recorded heavy draft breeds of horses believed to have descended from one of the earliest heavy horses known today as the Diluvial Horse of Solutra. This massive horse is often referred to as the "forest horse" and is considered to be the horse that was the ancestor of all the coldblooded breeds of today. It is likely that the Celts first domesticated these heavy horses that were then introduced to the Romans through their campaigns into the area. The Romans then further refined the breed into the great warhorses used throughout the Middle Ages. Some of these warhorses were left behind on various military excursions and the farmers and land owners in the border areas of France and Belgium which led to their development in the area. The original Ardennais was very similar to the modern day Ardennais, which is relatively short, heavyset and rounded in shape. [...]

Changes In The Breed Throughout History

The Ardennais horse is one of the oldest recorded heavy draft breeds of horses believed to have descended from one of the earliest heavy horses known today as the Diluvial Horse of Solutré. This massive horse is often referred to as the "forest horse" and is considered to be the horse that was the ancestor of all the coldblooded breeds of today. It is likely that the Celts first domesticated these heavy horses that were then introduced to the Romans through their campaigns into the area. The Romans then further refined the breed into the great warhorses used throughout the Middle Ages. Some of these warhorses were left behind on various military excursions and the farmers and land owners in the border areas of France and Belgium which led to their development in the area. The original Ardennais was very similar to the modern day Ardennais, which is relatively short, heavyset and rounded in shape. [...]

Colors Of The Swedish Ardennais

On of the most striking features of the Swedish Ardennais, more commonly known simply as the Ardennais, is the beautiful roaning pattern most typically associated with the breed. While all solid colors except black are accepted, most of the breed is a strawberry or bay roan coloration with black points. The points are considered to be the outside areas of the horse's body which would include the face, tail, legs and the mane. In most Ardennais the mane, tail, face and legs will be either a reddish black or a dark black, but the feathering on the legs is often more of a red or light color, providing a very unique color contrast. [...]

Color Patterns In The Spotted Saddle Horse

The Spotted Saddle Horse is defined by two variables; the wonderful patched or spotted coat and the gaited way of movement. Without either of these two features the horse cannot be registered as a Spotted Saddle Horse in the major Spotted Saddle Horse registries. The gait itself must be natural and cannot have been taught using any type of corrective, mechanical or chemical means.The spotting or pinto type pattern exhibited by the Spotted Saddle Horse really sets it apart from the other gaited breeds in America. Although the Spotted Saddle Horse does have the basic conformation of the Tennessee Walking Horse, with the unique and individual color patterns of the pinto horse. [...]

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