Sorraia Horses Nearly Extinct

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The Sorraia horses for sale are nearly extinct. A few herds are maintained in a half dozen places in Spain and a few in Germany. The Sorraia Horse has no history as a domestic breed, but old documents show that these horses were brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors.
The Sorraia coloring is always dun or grullo with a dark muzzle area, black dorsal stripe, black-tipped ears, usually zebra stripes on the legs, and occasionally a stripe across the shoulders, neck and back. The black mane and tail are fringed by lighter-colored hair. Sorraia foals are born with a zebra-like pattern all over. Sorraia blood in the Americas is evident, as several breeds in both North and South America bear the dun and grullo coloration and other physical characteristics of this ancient horse.

The Sorraia generally stands at about14 hands high. Domesticated Sorraias have been broken to ride and used for herding livestock. The Sorraia is noted for its ability to withstand extremes of climate, particularly dry, hot climates, and to survive on very little forage while at the same time maintaining its health. The Sorraia is too long-legged  to be seriously considered a pony type.

Their head is somewhat long, with an outcurved profile. The ears are long, the eyes are set high. The neck is long and slim, the withers are prominent and noticeably well defined; the back is of medium length and straight; the croup is sloping, but not steeply dropping.  The legs are straight with rather long, round cannon bones, well defined tendons, long, sloped pasterns, and hard hooves of dark color.    The Sorraia is found portrayed faithfully in prehistoric cave art, displaying the classic Iberian convex profile, also found in the old-time North African Barb. When the Portuguese scientist, Ruy D’ Andrade, discovered these horses in 1920 in the lowlands of the Portuguese River Sorraia, few could believe that a wild horse subspecies could have survived that long in Europe. Scientist Ruy D’ Andrade tried in vain to relocate the herd, but found horses of the same phenotype in several places in the general area of the Sorraia river.

As a zoologist and paleontologist, he finally decided he had stumbled on an ancestral type of horse, and that it needed to be preserved. He acquired seven mares that possessed the characteristics he considered typical according to his studies, and left them to fend for themselves on his property, which fortunately was large enough for such a project. He tried four different stallions on them. His theory was that living wild, without the help of man, in their own habitat, would result in Mother Nature’s purifying the small population, and bringing out and consolidating their original characteristics and abilities.

Quarter Horse Stands For What?

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The things that we learn when we have a few minutes to surf the web amaze me still to this day. For many years I thought the term Quarter in Quarter Horse was an indication of a horses breeding or a horses actual size. Recently I have learned however that I was completely incorrect. The Quarter in Quarter Horse stands for the type of horse that is bred for running quickly in shorter distances such as a quarter mile. I felt like I was not living up to my normal nerdy standards so I researched further to find that the Quarter horse was originally designed in the Virginia area according to most sources on the net but some contend that it was the great racing state of Kentucky that started the breeding of the Quarter Horse. With time not on my side I left the searching and relished the fact that I had become slightly more educated for the day. I had learned that Quarter in the name Quarter Horse is merely a way for a buyer to know when he or she is looking to purchase a horse searching for Quarter Horses for sale will help them find a smaller horse, with the possible ability and training needed to run as quickly as possible in shorter distances. I have also learned that the Quarter Horse is a horse that is great for smaller individuals to ride and they can be used for things other than what they were originally intended. The amazing thing about horses is they are an extremely versatile animal and when they are trained, cared for, and used properly can be used for a wealth of things other than what they may have been originally bred to accomplish. Finding Quarter Horses for sale is also easy to do because of these great accomplishments. Horses of all different breeds and training standards are at the very least an animal that can serve for many purposes and will always be needed.

Quarter Horse Characteristics Many Love

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The Quarter horse is a breed that as we have mentioned previously was originally designed here in the United States. Fitting for a horse with such great characteristics that many would consider fully characteristics of a true red blooded American. The great Quarter horse has what many people consider the perfect horse disposition. They are laid back, like to just hang out with their owners, and love to have fun. They love to go to the races and have a good time while competing against other horses just like them. The Quarter horse also loves to be the center of attention when they have accomplished a great win, just like most United States citizens. They enjoy the fact that they have been the winner at something they have word hard and long to achieve. They take pride in the accomplishments that they have driven themselves to achieve and often they love to enjoy the spoils of the win with their owners. The Quarter horse also loves to be pampered and what human being doesn’t love to be pampered? They love being brushed and massaged as well as love to spend time with their owners, which many could say is their main loved ones. When you are ready to find Quarter Horses for sale so you can own an American legend. The Quarter horse was definitely developed here in the United States and it is obvious by all the great things that this horse breed loves it truly an American Horse.

Thoroughbred In The Movie War Horse

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The recently released movie War Horse features the birth of a beautiful Bay Thoroughbred Horse in the beginning of the movie. The young man who watch’s this magnificent moment Albert Narracott played by Jeremy Irvine, is depicted in a moment of awe as he stands aside watching the birth. The plot unfolds as it shows the curious young boy attempting to entice the young horse with an apple with the hopes to possible get to touch this beautiful young colt. As luck would have it Narracotts father was feeling a bit arrogant the day this amazing horse was brought to action and was not willing to give up until he won the prized young horse. The Thoroughbred horse was bought and brought home as a farm horse but as the story unfolds the family becomes desperate to pay rent and the horse is then sold to the army. Young Narracott is distraught and promises to find young Joey, which is the Thoroughbreds name and they depart. Without giving away too much of the movie the Young boy who grows to be a man joins the war, and he finds his precious Thoroughbred. It is endearing and worth the lengthy story just to see them reunited in the end; War Horse is a great movie to watch with any horse lover or animal lover.

Today’s Popularity With The Belgian Horse

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Today the Belgian horse is the most popular draft horse. With the kind temperament and the easy to handle attitude they are also becoming a favorite for trail riding. These magnificent beauties are favored for many great aspects not just their gentle nature. The Belgian Horse is one of the commonly known horses to use for heavy duty work as well. They are alarmingly strong and dedicated to the task that needs to be completed. This astonishing ability to work through tasks that are considered heavy duty, as well as the wonderful disposition that most Belgian Horses have are just part of the many things that make them a great asset to any horse owner. The Belgian is also such a versatile breed that many owners use them for leisure and work and can even do this all in one day with most of this breed. The stock body and the lofty farming background gives this breed a thumbs up all the way around from many adoring individuals all over the United States. The breed is amazing in and of itself as well as its history and workability as a horse breed. There are few other horse breeds that can compare to the many different things that the Belgian Horse can do everyday.

Show Pony The American Walking Horse

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Many breeds are bred for a specific intent on the use of that particular bred. Some are breed for agility others are bred for things like stamina and strength. All the while other horses are breed specifically for show. The American Walking Pony is just that, a horse breed that was intended as a show horse breed. The American Walking Pony has been used in the show arena and since its creation has won several events such as the Open Pleasure, Open Western Pleasure, as well as the Competitive Trail Division. It has easily won such competitions because of its natural developments. It is because the Pony can be taught to walk a certain way, as well as with certain amounts of pressure on a particular leg or not. The American Walking Pony is also very easy to train and is most often used to being harnessed. It can also acclimate to the particular types of equipment needed in different show situations. The greatness never ceases with the American Walking Pony and it can often be attributed to the originating breeds crossed to create this breed. The Tennessee Walking Horse and the Welsh Pony are the back bone of this horse cross breeding in its origination but as with most crosses the breed holds its own when being breed to this day.

American Walking Pony A New Generation

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The American Walking Pony is considered a fairly new horse breed. It is bred by crossing the Tennessee Walking Horse with the Welsh Pony. This combination of horse breeds gives the desired outcome that individuals were looking for when the American Walking Pony was created. The breed averages in height around 14 hands tall and it can be many different colors. This horse breed has the ability to be multiple gaits such as walking, pleasure walking, merry walk, trot, canter, slow gait and the rack. This is because it has three unique gaits but is able to compete in seven. The American Walking Pony is used for these specific gaits because it has the ability to be that versatile to its owner. With the Welsh Pony heritage in place the pony also makes for an excellent light hunter which adds to the many different things this horse is know to be used for. The amazing abilities bred into this breed were done on purpose when the originating cross began. Just as a little history teaser the first great registered stallion as an American Walking Pony was BT Golden Splendor and the first mare was Browntree’s Flicka.

American Saddlebred In The Movies

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It is often great to see that our favorite horse breeds are featured in some of our favorite movies. From time to time it is nice to revisit some of the older movies to reminisce about the horses used in those movies. For example the movie Flicka released in 2006 used a common horse breed the American Saddlebred. It is said that the horse was a wild horse that a young girl found and trained so she could prove her ability to manage the family farm. There were several horses used in the Movie Flicka but it is said that all the horses were American Saddlebred or Thoroughbreds. They were trained for many hours and in some cases lengthy days for the part as Flicka. The Young girl is played by the beautiful actress Alison Lohman. This film also featured famous singer Tim McGraw. It was a touching film and even though it was six years ago this may be a great weekend idea for any horse lover to watch again. It is considered to be timeless by many horse lovers and touching by those who just love a great family friendly film to sit down and watch over the weekend.

Belgian Horse Medieval Up In Here

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Its amazing the things that you can discover while wondering through countless pages of information about horses. The Belgian horse for example has a distinct and rather interesting history. The “great horse” as it was once called by the medieval knights in battle is one of the truest forms of the first nickname for the Belgian Horse. This breed not only got its nick name from the medieval times but it is a direct horse descendant from that era as well. In the late 19th century Belgium was sending this breed through exports all over the Europe and the world. By 1903 the lofty Belgian horse had made it’s way to the World Fair in St. Louis Missouri. This is a long ways away from the Belgian farms they were originally bred for but it has brought them into the hearts of many today. The beauty of this breed is not all they have as attributes, it has been documented that the Belgian Horse can actually pull a load up to 8,000 lbs as well as work a full 8 to 10 hour day. The breed is kind and easy to handle as well as able to handle a work load that puts most other horses to shame. The look of the Belgian coat is most often a Bay color with a lighter mane and tail. They average 16 to 18 hands high and most often the Sorrel color coat is the sought after in color.

From Then To Now The Arabian

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The Arabian Horse is said to be the oldest Horse Breeds in the world. They were prized for the beauty as well as their stamina through the harsh climates in the desert terrain. Fr most of the available information that dates the breed it shows them in existence for over 4500 years. The development of the Arabian is contributed to a nomadic culture in the African desert regions. From then to now the Arabian has thrived and is still a prized possession to its owner. The beauty still surpasses many other horse breeds as well as the stamina in hard terrain. The unique look of this stunning beast is adored by many through out the world. The Arabian horse has fine facial features and is often small in stature. In some cases it has been proven that the Arabian blood is traced in the Thoroughbred as well as a few other horse breeds. Many other characteristics of the Arabian that people love today are that they have a loving disposition and enjoy the company of their human counter parts. The Arabian is also known for its high intelligence and easy going personality that gives it an upper hand on being trained.

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