Mustang Horse Facts

38Mustang horses are known to have roamed the vast terrains of North America in large herds, to protect themselves from predators like wolves, coyotes, etc. These horses at one point of time dwelt in millions over the US terrain, however, today their numbers have been reduced to thousands.
Mustang horses are small, swift, surefooted, hardy and range from an average size of 14″2 – 15″2 hands and 1,000 lbs or more in weight. They come in a variety of colors ranging from reddish-brown, bay, sorrel, brown or black in color. Mustangs have a life span of about 25 – 30 years.
Brown mustang horse
The name ‘mustang’ has been derived from the Spanish word ‘mustengo’, meaning ‘ownerless beast’ or ‘stray horse’. These Mustang horses are also called wild horses because of their reckless nature. In fact, the word ‘feral’ suits them even better, which means wild and menacing.

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Interesting Facts About Andalusian Horses

37“He’s of the color of the nutmeg. And of the heat of the ginger … he is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him; he is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.”
―William Shakespeare, Henry V
The Andalusian horse is also known as Pure Spanish Horse or PRE, which is short for Pura Raza Española. The breed belongs to the Iberian peninsula in Spain, dwelling in the region for thousands of years.The history of Andalusian horses has been interesting, where they’ve been described as both, respected and coveted as war horses, and found much favor with nobility. Here is what William Cavendish, the Duke of Newcastle, had to say about them,

“… the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be. He is of great spirit and of great courage and docile; hath the proudest trot and the best action in his trot, the loftiest gallop, and is the lovingest and gentlest horse, and fittest of all for a king in his day of triumph.”

Besides being an animal of great beauty, the Andalusian has quite a lot of venerable qualities which makes it one of the best horse breeds.
Breed Characteristics
A standard Andalusian as described by the Association of Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders of Spain should possess the following characteristics:
Stallions/Geldings

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See the World from Your Saddle with a Tour on Horseback

36Horse nuts and beginners alike can find joy and excitement by taking a vacation on the back of a horse. Anyone with a zest for adventure will enjoy the opportunity to really go native by exploring the countryside at a more leisurely pace than you can on a freeway.

Riding a horse allows you to get up close and personal with nature, from the back of a surefooted steed.

HorseBack Tours

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Facts about the Percheron Horse

35The mighty Percheron is probably one of the most-loved draft horses on earth. Not much is known about this horse. It is believed that its ancestors were the heavy horses used by the knights in the battle of Poitiers. The Moors invaded Europe and Charles Martel defeated them, uniting Europe in the process. After the battle, they had access to the Arabian and Barb horses of the moors, and these were used extensively in the breeding and development of the Percheron.

After the invention of gunpowder, the Percheron was no longer needed as a war mount. Thus, it went from being a battle horse to pulling the heavy coaches. It was well-suited for the task. It was prized for its power and endurance, and not only did it pull the coaches of the rich and powerful, it was also used to pull the heavy mail coaches. However, this did not last long because the train soon came into being. Soon, this horse started appearing not only in the cities but also in the county, doing various tasks. The breed was being modified to accommodate the new jobs. Thus, it became even bigger and heavier and was used in plowing and farm work along with being used in the city, in dock work, and for hauling goods from one place to another.

This is why this horse is believed to be such a versatile breed. It is a favorite in the logging industry because it is able to go places where a tractor can’t, and does not need roads either. This comes in handy when there are young trees that shouldn’t be damaged. It is used on farms to this day, and has a reputation for being an excellent jumper and pleasure riding horse.

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Barrel Racing Tips

34Barrel horse racing started as an event for women, providing them with an opportunity to compete in a physical competition. It has grown from a housewives’ pastime to a big industry, with professionals taking part in it. Barrel racing is considered as a form of horse riding, with expert riders having superb riding skills and some of the best athletic horses. It is all about testing the coordination between the athletic prowess of the horse and the brilliant horsemanship skills of the rider.

The rider has to steer the horse around three barrels, each weighing fifty-five gallons, placed in a pattern similar to a clove leaf. The aim of the game is to make the horse run as fast as possible, even at a breakneck speed, within a limited time frame. The time is recorded by a timekeeper, who signals the start time and the finish time, by using his eyes and a flag, to a clock keeper who records them by using a timer. Nowadays, the run is timed using an electric eye, a device using a laser system. The timer starts at the beginning line, when the horse and the rider crosses the first barrel, and without knocking out any of the barrels, reaches the finishing line through the other two barrels.

Here are some tips that will help you out:

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