(picture from Wikipedia)
(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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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 (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.