To perform at maximal ability, a horse must be able to move freely without discomfort. Anything that impairs free and easy movement limits performance. Serious flaws in conformation are among the causes of inefficient movement.
A course devoted to developing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan will be held November 5 to 8 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Conformation is a major factor in the physical soundness of a horse.
Three of the world's most elite equestrians assess the same horse's potential for their different disciplines.
This horse has the best topline of any of the horses evaluated thus far in the series.
This horse is long and lanky, especially when compared to the first two horses in the series.
Analysis of a second reining prospect by Lisa Coulter.
Analysis of a reining prospect by Lisa Coulter.
Although an exact definition may be elusive, most people know a pony when they see one. What comes to mind is an animal that is smaller and often somewhat more heavy-bodied for its size than a horse.
The Icelandic horse is a breed of small equines found in Iceland. Individuals are stocky, short legged, and quite strong for their size.
Irish Draughts are bred for dense bones and powerful muscles. Some breeders suggest that the most important attribute of the Irish Draught is not its versatility as a performance horse, but its ability to improve other breeds, lending size, strength, soundness, and a sensible mind to many crossbreds.
The Norwegian Fjord Horse combines strength, versatility, and a calm temperament in a small package.
Perhaps the most recognized of all equine breeds, thanks in large part to their daring feats on and off the racetrack, the Thoroughbred's very name is synonymous with words such as well bred, excellent and first-rate.
In 1791, Justin Morgan, a soft-spoken schoolteacher from Springfield, Massachusetts, accepted a little bay stallion as partial remuneration of a debt. By all historical memoirs, the bay stallion was small and sturdily assembled with a short back, powerful loin and voluminous muscling blanketing oblique shoulders and ample quarters.
I am planning on attending the Paso Fino World Championships that are being held in Tampa, Florida this year to learn more about these fascinating horses. Would you please explain the other movements (gaits) so that I will know what I am looking for when I get to the Championships?
It takes a special breed of horse to win the immediate adoration of horsemen and laymen together and the Friesian was tailor-made to fit the bill. With their attractive appearance, gentle nature, and willingness to learn, the Friesians are a popular attraction at equine events all over the world.
Whether in the show ring, rodeo arena, riding program or back yard, the American Quarter Horse has endeared himself to legions of fans. The breed goes far beyond a working man's partner or a betting man's pleasure to be a shining example of why horses and humans have formed such a lasting attachment.
The Paso Fino horse combines fire and energy with trainability and willingness to be a horse worthy of his ancestors and ready for whatever the future holds.