Horseball

Horseball is a really fun and interesting game I found. It comes from a game called ‘Pato’ which actually means ‘Duck Game’ because in early games, it was played with a live duck.

The game was first invented in Argentina in the early 1700s. Later in 1941 the Argentina de Pato was created. It was even Argentina’s national game in 1953. Today instead of the live duck, they use a ball. It became very well known in many places!

It is played with two teams that have to canter on horseback while trying to throw a ball into hoops (kind of like basketball). They are not allowed to stop their horse during the game even if someone drops the ball, which means while cantering a player has to reach down and grab the ball while staying in the saddle the whole time. Like this picture I drew below.
The ball has a cage like thing around it so it's easier to grab hold of.
(picture from wikipedia)
Players can steal the ball from the opposite side but are not allowed to push each other off their horses, but they can steer their horse into the other player's horse and push them to defend their teammates. If a player fully leaves the saddle they get a penalty. Sometimes a team will get together and attack at once. If the attack fails they might try the same thing again. Before the game a team would decide what their plan would be. Horseball is even played with kids that are as young as 6! But most games are played with teenagers and up.

The game can came be played with any kind of breed of horse. But children around 6 ride Shetland ponies and a little older ones ride different kinds of ponies.
To me it looks fun, hard, scary and awesome! And if I had ever wanted to choose a sport on horseback it would be HorseBall! I also found a video of different people playing Horseball:

Friesian

The Friesian horse (also can be called Frisian) originate in a place called Friesland in the Netherlands. Friesians look like a light draft horse but they are graceful for their size. During the middle ages they were believed to be used as war horses. Mainly knights rode on them with full armor, because they were strong and swift on their feet. 

Today they’re used for dressage competition, pleasure riding or driving. They almost always come in pure black unless they are chestnut, then they would be called ‘fox Friesians. There are white Friesians, Palomino Friesians and what is called ‘Fire Magic Friesian’ which is a reddish brown color. If they're bred with other breeds they might be born with white markings on their pure black coat. But the average Friesian is always a pure black beautiful horse. Friesians were especially popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were used for trotting races, harness horses or agricultural work. Some Friesian horses were also bred as stronger and more draft like, or less and became very light draft horses. These two kinds were called 'Friesian cross’  and 'Friesian Sporthorse’.

Foal

A foal is a baby horse usually one year and younger. They can be also called colt or filly but that term is mostly used when there two to four years old. But when they are younger and are still nursing from their mother, they can be called suckling. (Picture below is of a newborn foal)

(Picture from wikipedia)

When they are weaned from their mother (no longer living off of milk) they are called a weanling.  They are weaned from their mother around the age of six months. And when they reach the age of one, they are called a yearling. 

A foal will be able to run along side its mother within a few hours of birth. A foal will nurse until at least four months before being weaned. But if they live in the wild they can nurse until they're a year old. 

They are trained both as young horses and as adult horses. When they are too young to be ridden or driven, they are halter-broken. Halter-breaking means that the foal learns to accept being led by humans with a halter and lead. Also they will learn to accept grooming, hoof trimming, and hair trimming (which might be used by electric clippers).  They also learn to be loaded into a horse trailer or how to wear a horse blanket. 

A very important thing is that horses in general have very good memories and their owners must make sure they don’t develop a bad habit that may seem cute when they are young but will turn out disrespectful and dangerous when they grow older. 

Horses are usually not mature until they're four or five years old. The most popular age to begin training ‘under the saddle’ is three years old when they are called colts or fillies. 

Appaloosa

The Appaloosa is an American breed and is known for their colorful, spotted coat pattern. There are even different kinds of color patterns, like the Appaloosa leopard or the snowflake. Or the Cap (Also called blanket). This is a white blanket like patch on the back and down toward the tail. Usually they have darker spots speckled all over the patch. 

(Picture from wikipedia)
Appaloosas were very often used in war in history. They were used for many other things, but today can be rode Western or English. Western competition include cutting, reining, roping and O-Mok-See (Which can be spelled Omoksee) such as barrel racing, pole bending show jumping and fox hunting. (Omoksee is a Native American phrase that means “games on horseback”)

Appaloosas aren’t only used in competitions, they are also very often used for trail riding. Appaloosas are also bred for horse racing for an active breed. For this they are generally used for middle distance racing at between 350 yards. Appaloosa holds the all-breed record for the 3,000 ft distance set in 1989.

Appaloosas are often used in western movies too. 

Equine center

At the EQ center near me live about 30 horses. The most popular breed is the quarter horse. So far as I know there are Palominos, Mustangs, Quarter horses, Paints, Pintos, ponies, and different kinds of draft horses. I'm not sure if there are any arabians because I have never seen one down there yet. Almost all the horses there are quarter horses or at least a mix of quarter horse in almost every horse. Some of the horses there share paddocks. Some of the horses I know names of are: Cole, Aladdin, Jessica, Sugar, Peppy, Lena, Raleigh and a few others. Here's a picture of the names and horses I can remember.

Horse Hair

Horse hair (mane and tail) can be used for many things like upholstery, brushes or bows of musical instruments. The tail hair of the horse is only used for the bows because it’s thicker and stronger than the mane. They only use the tail hair of a stallion for the bow and never a mare because a mare would pee on her tail sometimes, but a stallion doesn’t and their hair is finer that way and can be cut and made for bows with cleaner hair. 

Horse hair is also used for fabric that is woven into wefts (the term for the thread or yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth) from tail hair and then woven with the warps of cotton or silk. Horse hair can also be braided, used for pottery, and making jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings and barrettes. It’s used for wall and fine art paintbrushes. Painting with horse hair paint brushes is very popular and very much used today. Horse hair is desirable for paint brushes because of its smooth lay and ability to hold a lot of paint so the painter doesn’t have to stop to get more. 
Horse hair is used for violin and other stringed instrument bows. Another use comes from potter, basket weaving, and even for fishing. They hair can sometimes decorate the pole but it’s the fishing line that’s useful. The hair is spun together and made into very long lines. 

One historic use was for gloves used for fishing in the medieval age leading up to the 17th century. Gloves woven from horse hair were made into gloves and also were water proof when it was woven tightly and had natural oil. 

In history they were used for all kinds of things. But not all of those are still used today. 



Horse Markings

Markings on a horse are usually white marks on a dark base colored horse. The markings never change from birth to old age. Even when they shed the markings don’t change. Some face markings can make the eyes blue or green, even though they are almost always dark brown.


Facial markings:

Star: A white marking shaped kind of like a diamond in between the eyes and could be above the eyes. 
Stripe: Also known as strip or race, goes down the middle of the forehead to the nose. 
Blaze: A wider strip down the middle of the face. 
Snip: A white markings on muzzle. 
White face: Or also known as the bald face, is a very wide blaze that could be just before the eyes or past it (Making the eyes bright green, white or blue).
This picture of a paint below has stripe marking on his face.

Leg Markings:
Stocking: White markings that comes from the bottom of the knee and down.
Sock: Or also known as mid cannon or boot, starts from the top of the fetlock and down. 
Pastern: Starts below the fetlock and down to the hoof (Doesn’t include hoof).
Crown: Or also called Coronet is a white marking band that usually doesn’t go higher than an inch.  

There are more kinds of markings, but these are the basics. Body markings come in all kinds of shapes and sizes from spots to patches. You can even see the skin color of black to pink through hairs of the markings.

Bashkir Curly

(Picture from Wikipedia)

Bashkir Curlies (or just known as the curly horse) are one of the gentlest and quietest kind if horse. They have a very unusual kind of hair.
(Picture from Wikipedia)
Their coat is curly and so is their mane and tail. Some of the Curly horses aren’t actually curly. These are called ’smooth coat curlies’. They remind me of a sheep because of their hair. Even their ears are curled in and very soft looking! It makes me want to touch it! They also come in all kinds of colors. They mostly come in chestnut but they can also be found in every color from standard bays, blacks, and greys, to appaloosa markings; from pinto patterns to colors such as buckskin, roan, grulla, and cremello.
 
In the summer they shed their hair and are almost bald. In winter they have a thick coat of the curly hair and sometimes makes the curls wavy, like this picture below. 
(Picture from Wikipedia)
They are used for beginner riders because they are gentle. But they can also be used for dressage and show jumping. Curlies are easier horses to train than most other horses. To me they remind me of a large sheep or huge teddy bear. 

Percheron

Percheron horses are a type of draft horse. They are used as all draft horses are used: farm work or pulling a carriage. They are big but don’t usually have feathers like the Shire or Clydesdale.

Sometimes they are also used as circus horses which they would be called Rosinbacks. When they’re in a circus they usually lope around the arena while an acrobatic does flips or dances on his back. Here is a video of Percheron horses and a acrobat doing flips on their backs —>

They have to be well trained for this or the rider could be very endangered if the horse got shy or a little frightened by something. They are big horses and could crush anybody by getting frighted.

A man named Mark Dunham loved Percheron horses. When he was small boy in 1848 he went with his father to a horse show. One of the horses caught his eye; it was a Percheron stallion. It was the biggest horse he had ever seen in his six years. And he grew up thinking about the strong draft horse. Finally he went to France (Where the Percheron stallion came from) and decided to bring a few of theses Percheron horses back home in America. He ended up getting seven Percheron horses and brought them back. After a few years went by he started buying hundreds of Percheron horses that filled his fields. The village of Wayne where he lived had Percheron horses everywhere.

Arabian

Arabian horses are very fast on their feet. Arabs (for short), could survive through heat without much food for a long time. Arabia in the ancient days had many Arabian horses. It’s mostly desert and you would find almost no life except a few camels, maybe a snake or two and a desert fox hunting for mice. What would surprise you is that there are herds of Arabian horses living in the desert. They are known for their curving tails that looks like a flag in the wind and there arched neck. The color of the Arabian didn’t matter. But they were measured by their height and made sure their skin was black so they could survive the heat and sun much better. This gray Arab horse has white white hair but his skin is black. 

(Picture from wikipedia)

The people who lived there used the Arab horses mainly for battle. It’s because their camels were fine for traveling on and carrying anything but their horses were much better and not so clumsy when it comes to fighting. They are fast and could do sharp turns while keeping their riders on their backs.
Or they would be sometimes raced on a long track.  

Some of theses Arab horses were sent to America for farm work. Today there are much more Arabian horses in US than anywhere else. Here’s a picture of a purebred Arabian stallion. I love his arched neck and flag like tail!
(Picture from wikipedia)