As most people know, between a horse and his owner, the owner is always the leader. But not all people know how to be the right leader for their horse. They are either being bossed around by their own horse or they command their horse the wrong way. The real way to become the right leader is to start taking charge of the horse and telling him you're the general and he’s the the private.
Let’s say the horse’s name was Roger, and Roger is a young colt who is just getting used to being a nice trail riding horse. Everything starts with ground working even though Roger already has been ridden before and is already used to that. But Roger is a high spirited horse and is too playful, bossy and is not very well trusted near younger children. As months pass without any training Roger becomes more and more bossy and what used to be a playful and cute nibble becomes a dangerous bite. When Roger was younger it wasn’t much of a bother if the little colt got in the way or jumped around you or nibbled at your shirt. In fact, the owner thought that was very cute and encouraged him. But what most owners don’t know is that this could turn into very bad habit and could hurt someone. So from the start it is not something to think is cute and encourage because this is a very bad habit and very hard to get rid of when the horse is older. Since the horse is bigger, the nibble becomes a bite, and getting in your path for attention or a treat becomes pushing you around and possible stepping on you which can lead to great injuries.
A gait refers to different ways of movements and speeds a horse goes. Horse gaits are either naturally born or trained by humans. There are many different gaits. Some horses are born with gliding steps or marching-like steps and others are trained for that.
Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse (or Pura Raza Española), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where the breed Andalusian horses have lived for a very long time. Andalusians were used as war horses and were known for their bravery and nobleness. Kings across Europe rode and owned these Spanish horses.
(picture from Wikipedia)
Rocky mountain horses are a really cool breed! I LOVE their colors! They have a beautiful body color which is very often called a chocolate coat. They have small bodies but beautiful colors! Most rocky mountain horses have a silver dappled colored coat along with the chocolate color. Also their mane and tail are almost always pure white or cream colored which is always lighter than their body colors. Sometimes the chocolate color and silver dappled would be mixed with a black look. In fact there are Rocky mountain horses that have pure black or black with silver dapples and sometimes a little trace of chocolate color. They also could have white markings on their face or legs.
The fjord or Norwegian fjord horse is really a pretty and one of my favorite breeds next to mustangs, rocky mountain horses and a few other breeds. (which I haven't talked about yet). One reason is for their looks, which is different from most horses. For example, their mane stands up like a zebra's mane and also (sometimes) has black and white stripes on their mane and tail or black mane with white mane hair on the outer side. Sometimes the outer lighter mane is cut into cubes for looks like this picture I drew here.
The 10% left is usually 'red dun' or 'gray dun' (rarely gray dun). They even come in a cream color that also comes with blue eyes! They could even have a stripe down the middle of their back. The horse I used to ride, Raleigh, is a darker colored dun, black main and tail with a stripe down his back. Although he's definitely not a fjord horse, he has a lot of the same colors. Fjord horses could have this stripe and rarely a stripe across the withers. Fjord horses could have small brown spots on their head and body.
This picture of a fjord horse is a gray dun. This horse is really pretty!
Fjord horses are heavy enough to plow, pull timber or drive. They are even light enough for different kinds of riding. They are very sure footed in mountains and could climb rocky places very well. They are mainly used for driving and they're entered in different driving sports as well. And sometimes are dressage horses.
Thoroughbreds are known for their speed and racing abilities, although they could do other horse sports such as show jumping, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. The thoroughbred was first born in England and is called a hotblooded horse. Millions of thoroughbreds exist today and more than 118,000 thoroughbred foals are registered each year worldwide. They are known for either distance runners or sprinters.