Horses

Horses




Horses inhabit a unique place in the pet spectrum in that they can be companion, hobby animal means of transport our competitor in many ridden horse events – as well is being an excellent source of garden fertiliser!

Owning a horse can be very rewarding, but they are also time-consuming and expensive. Depending on the rainfall and soil fertility each horse needs between 5 to 20 acres of land in order to have sufficient room to roam and grass to feed on. Apart from grass most horses especially sport horses will be fed a variety of grains as part of their daily diet.

Horses are large animals and have large requirements. They come with large food bills, large vet bills(most often your vet will need to do a house call) large care bills and large fencing bills. Of course the many horse owners agree all of this is of course worth every penny for the pleasure they receive in from riding their horse for fun or in competition.

As with dogs there are many different breeds of horse, the most popular being the Arabian, the American Quarter horse, paint horses, miniature horses, the thoroughbred, the Appaloosa, the Morgan horse, the Tennessee walking horse, the Welsh pony and Cobb and the Andalusian.

It is most important to research your horse before considering a purchase. Will the horse be suitable to your level of riding skill? Is the horse could be suitable to your intended use for example are you going to enter your horse in showjumping competitions, perhaps you are only interested in casual trail riding. Is the horse large enough for you or is too large? What is the health history of your desired horse. Is it a wild horse or is it calm? Does it socialise well with other horses or does it prefer its own company in the paddock?

Before buying a horse look at many, speak to many horse owners and always get that inspection prior to purchase.


Criollo Horse

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The Criollo is an extremely hardy animal. It originated in Argentina in the 16th century. They are a tough, stocky and enduring horse, widely prized for their ability to withstand great amounts of riding and work. They have found a large following outside

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CZECHOSLOVAKIAN WARMBLOOD

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The CZECHOSLOVAKIAN WARMBLOOD has been bred mainly for modern competition. It is sometimes referred to as a "Czechoslovakian Half-Bred", but in reality it is a horse produced from a reasonably judicious, if very wide-ranging, mix of the Central European b

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Dartmoor and Exmoor Ponies

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The Dartmoor and Exmoor ponies are both well loved breeds native to England. Theyare very hardy and easy to keep with kind temperaments that make them both excellent pets and children's ponies. While the Dartmoor has had a more rocky past and faced near e

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Don Horse

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The Don horse is native to Russia and has roots dating back to the 18th century, when horses were released into the plains near the Don River. These horses naturally mated with wild horses in Southern Russia and were later crossbred with Arab and Thorough

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Draft Horse Showing

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Draft horse shows are horse showing competitions designed specifically for draft horses. Most draft horse shows involve a driving portion in which the ability of the strong breed of horse is showcased. The draft horse show is a much like other animal show

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Dressage

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Dressage, originating from the French word for "training" is an exquisite equestrian technique. Dressage competitions can be watched from beginner level through the Olympics. Additionally, many riders use dressage as a training technique, even if their sp

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Dutch Warmblood

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The Dutch Warmblood is a horse of international repute, perfected in a comparatively short space of time. In essence, the Dutch Warmblood is an outstanding example of how existing but largely redundant stock can be adapted and improved by selective breed

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Endurance Riding

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Endurance riding is competitive equestrian sport in which riders race in a long-distance competition. The races are generally at least 80km long and are usually along trails. Endurance riding events can be one day or multiple day events. Throughout the ri

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Equestrian Mounted Drill Team

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Equestrian mounted drill teams are teams made up of riders on horseback, performing a series of synchronized movements to music. The performance is a sort of dance on horseback, and the team wears matching uniforms and often hold up flags and perform flag

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Equestrian Tent Pegging

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Tent pegging is an equestrian discipline in which horseback riders use a lance or a sword to stick objects and carry the objects on the end of the lance. The mounted rider travels at a gallop to spear the peg, which is made of cardboard or wood. The sport

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Eriksay Pony

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The Eriksay pony is a lovable breed of Scottish pony that was, until recently, on the brink of extinction. They are a very kind and loving pony, and many enthusiasts of the breed have found a wonderful and willing partner in them. They love humans, and

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Falabella and American Shetland

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Small horses are most often the product of environment, where the harsh climatic conditions combined with the low availability of feed contributes to their small stature. However, with a knowledge of genetics, it is also possible to breed specifically for

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Fell Pony and Dales Pony

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The Fell and Dales ponies are both native English breeds. They are very similar and thought to have the same origins, and are geographical neighbors. They are both well loved by their owners, and are very useful and versatile.

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Fjord horse

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The Fjord Horse is believed to be a very old breed which has been used for centuries in the Scandinavian countries.

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Fjord Pony

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The Fjord pony is an extremely primitive breed of pony and is considered to be one of the original ancestors of all modern European draft horse breeds. It is from the country of Norway, where it has been roaming for thousands of years. The breed has had a

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Fleuve horse

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The Fleuve Horse is a light horse breed that was developed in the Senegal area of Western Africa by crossing by crossing Barb horses with a local pony breed

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Florida Cracker Horse

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The Florida Cracker horse is the state's official horse. It is a gaited cow-pony of Spanish blood which played a very important role in the agricultural history of Florida. Named after the cowboys that rode them (they cracked bullwhips), these horses were

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Fox Hunting

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Fox hunting is a thrill-of-the-chase sport in which a fox, or wild quarry, is pursued across the countryside by a pack of hounds and a group of people on horseback. The hunters on horseback follow the hounds as the clever fox maneuvers through the open co

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French Trotter – Norman Trotter

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Imagine you are watching a close harness race and the excitement is high. The horses have been battling through the laps and now they are in the homestretch. These are the best trotters in the world, and one will go home with the trophy declaring it the c

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Friesian Horse

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The Roman historian Tacitus (CE 55-120) recorded the Friesian's existence. He acknowledged its antiquity and its value as a powerful all-round utility animal, but remarked on its exceptional ugliness. It had become rather more refined by the time i

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Galiceno Pony / Galiceno Horse

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The Galiceno pony, or Galiceno horse is an extremely refined, willing and horse-like pony. It was developed in Mexico and is one of the most beloved ponies of that country. It is very willing to please, trainable and versatile, and enjoys the ability to

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Goat Tying

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Goat tying is an exciting rodeo event most commonly displayed in amateur and junior level rodeos. Similar to calf roping, the object of goat tying is to be the fasted competitor to tie the legs of a goat with a rope, after dismounting from a horse. Goat t

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