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iDomestic Horse

Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. caballus
Binomial name
Equus caballus
Linnaeus, 1758

The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes horsess seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, hroses Equus ferus caballus) is a hotses large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. Horses horss have long been among the most economically important domesticated animals; although their importance has declined with mechanization, they are still found worldwide, horsees fitting into human lives in various ways. The horse is prominent in horsse religion, mythology, and art; it has played an important horsez role in transportation, agriculture, and war; it has additionally served as a source horess of food, fuel, and clothing.

Almost all breeds of horses can, at least in theory, horsses carry humans on their backs or be harnessed to pull objects such as carts or plows. However, horse breeds harses were developed to allow horses to be specialized orses for certain task; lighter horses for racing or riding, heavier horses for farming and other tasks requiring pulling hoorses power. In some societies, horses are a herses source of food, both meat and milk; in others it is taboo hrses to consume them. In industrialized countries horses are predominantly kept for leisure and sporting hirses pursuits, while they are still used as working Beutiful Horses animals in many other parts of the world.


  • 1 Biology of the Beatiful Horses horse
    • 1.1 Age
    • 1.2 Size
    • 1.3 Reproduction Beautful Horses and development
    • 1.4 Teeth
    • 1.5 General Beauitful Horses anatomy
  • 2 Evolution of the horse
  • 3 Domestication of the Beatuiful Horses horse and surviving wild species
    • 3.1 Wild species
    • 3.2 Feral Beuatiful Horses horses
  • 4 Other modern equids
  • 5 Horse behavior
  • 6 Horses Beauiful Horses within the human economy
    • 6.1 Horses for Beautifu Horses sport
    • 6.2 Horses for work
    • 6.3 Horses used for entertainment and culture
    • 6.4 Horses Bautiful Horses used for assisted learning and theraputic purposes
    • 6.5 Horses Beautuful Horses in warfare
    • 6.6 Horse products
  • 7 Specialized vocabulary
    • 7.1 Age
  • 8 Gaits
  • 9 The Beautifil Horses Beautiul Horses origin of modern horse breeds
    • 9.1 Breeds, Baeutiful Horses studbooks, purebreds, and landraces
    • 9.2 Hot bloods, warm bloods, and cold bloods
  • 10 Miscellaneous
    • 10.1 Saddling Beaautiful Horses and mounting
    • 10.2 Zodiac
    • 10.3 Riding Beaitiful Horses Methods
  • 11 References
  • 12 Bibliography
  • 13 See also
  • 14 External Beauttiful Horses links

Biology of the horse

Anatomy of a horse from an Egyptian document (15th century)


Depending on horses for sale breed, management and environment, the domestic horse today has wild horses a life expectancy of crazy horse 25 to 30 years. Some specific breeds of horse can live into their 40s, and, occasionally, beyond. The oldest verifiable record black horse and the cherry tree was "Old Billy," a horse that black horse and a cherry tree lived in the 19th century to the age of 62.


The size of horses varies by breed, but horse pictures can also be influenced by nutrition. The general goodbye horses rule for cutoff in height between what is considered a horse and a horse trailers pony at maturity is 14.2 hands(h or hh) (147 cm, 58 inches) horse games as measured at the withers. An animal 14.2h or over is usually considered a horse the band horse and one less than 14.2h is a pony.

However, there are exceptions to the general rule. Some smaller horse breeds who trojan horse typically produce individual horses both under and over 14.2h are horse with no name considered "horses" regardless of height. Likewise, some pony breeds, such as the Pony of the horse tack Americas or the Welsh cob, share some features of horses and individual animals may occasionally mature quarter horses at over pictures of horses 14.2h, but are still considered ponies.

The difference between a horse and pony is not simply beer for my horses a height difference, but also a difference in phenotype or appearance. There are noticeable differences in conformation and temperament. Ponies often exhibit horse breeds thicker manes, tails and overall coat. They black horse also have proportionally shorter legs, wider barrels, heavy bone, thick necks, and short heads with horse trailers for sale broad foreheads.

Light horses such as Arabians, Morgans, Quarter Horses, Paints and Thoroughbreds usually breeds of horse range in height from 14.0 to 16.0 hands and can weigh from 850 lbs to about quarter horse 1500 lbs. Heavy or horse for sale draft horses such as the Clydesdale, Belgian, Percheron, and Shire are usually at least 16.0 breyer horses to 18.0 hands high and can weigh from about 682 kg (1500 lb) up to about 900 white horse kg (2000 lb). Ponies are less than 14.2h, but can be horse names much smaller, down to the Shetland pony at around 10 hands, and the Falabella which can miniature horses be the size of a medium-sized dog. The miniature morgan horse horse is as small as or smaller than free horses either of the aforementioned ponies but are classified as very small horses rather than ponies despite their size.

The largest black horse and cherry tree horse in history was a Shire horse sea horse named Sampson, later renamed Mammoth, foaled in 1846 in Bedfordshire, England. He stood stood 21.2½ hands horse coloring pages high (i.e. 7 ft 2½ in or 2.20 m ), and his peak weight was big black horse and a cherry tree estimated at over 3,300 lb (approx 1.5 tonnes). The current record holder for the world's smallest horse is horse anatomy Thumbelina (horse) a miniature horse who also dream horse is affected by dwarfism, who is fully mature but horse shoes stands 17 inches tall and weighs 60 pounds.[1]

Reproduction and development

Main article: Horse breeding

Pregnancy lasts for approximately 335-340 days and usually results in iron horse one foal (male: colt, female: filly). Twins are rare. Colts are usually miniature horse tack carried 2-7 days draft horses longer than fillies. Females 4 years and over are called mares and rocking horse males are stallions. A castrated male is a gelding. Horses, particularly colts, horse jumping may sometimes be physically capable of reproduction at approximately 18 months but in practice are rarely allowed to save a horse breed until a minimum age of 3 years, especially females. Horses four years old are considered mature, though the horse gifts skeleton usually finishes developing at the age of six, and horse trailer the precise time of completion friesian horses of development also depends on the horse's size (therefore a connection to breed exists), gender, and the quality of care provided by its horse woman owner. Also, if the horse is larger, its bones are larger; therefore, horse slaughter not only do the bones take longer horses get boners to actually form bone tissue (bones are made of cartilage in earlier stages of bone formation), but the horse tack equipment epiphyseal plates (plates that fuse a bone horses running into one piece by connecting the bone shaft to the bone ends) are also larger and take longer to convert from cartilage horse silhouette to bone as well. These horse fence plates convert after the other parts of the bones do white horses but are crucial to development.

Depending on maturity, breed and the tasks expected, young miniature horse horses are usually put under saddle and trained to be ridden between the ages of two and four. Although Thoroughbred sea horses and American Quarter Horse race horses are put on the track at as young horse stables as two years old in some countries (notably the United States), online horse games horses specifically bred for sports such as show jumping crazy horse monument and dressage are generally not entered into top-level competition until a horse fencing minimum age of four years old, because their bones and muscles are not solidly developed, nor is their advanced training a horse with no name complete.


Main article: Horse teeth

Horses are adapted to grazing, so their teeth continue to horse bits grow throughout life. There are horse rescue 12 teeth (six upper and six lower), the incisors, adapted to biting off the grass or other vegetation, at the front of the horses for sale online mouth, and draft horse 24 teeth, the premolar and molars, adapted for chewing, at the back of the mouth. Stallions and geldings have four additional teeth just behind horse tack for sale the incisors, a type horse care of canine teeth that are called "tushes." Some horses, both male quarter horses for sale and female, will also develop one to four very small vestigial teeth in front of the molars, known as "wolf" teeth, which are discount horse tack generally removed because horse equipment they can interfere with the bit.

There is an empty interdental space between the incisors and the horse love molars where the bit rests directly on the bars (gums) of the horse's mouth when the horse is bridled.

The incisors show a morgan horses distinct free online horse games wear and growth pattern as the horse ages, as well as change in the angle at which the chewing surfaces meet, which breed of horse originated in czechoslovakia and while the diet and veterinary care of the horse can affect the rate of black horses tooth wear, a very rough estimate of the age of a horse trainers horse can be made by looking at its teeth.

General anatomy

Main article: horse appaloosa horse club anatomy
Main article: horse hoof

Horses have, on average, a skeleton baby horses of 205 bones. A significant difference in the bones contained in horse balls the horse skeleton, as compared to that of a human, is the lack of a collarbone--their front limb system is attached crazy horse memorial to the horse sales spinal column by a powerful set of muscles, tendons and ligaments that attach the shoulder blade to the torso. horse sculptures The horse's legs and hooves are also unique, interesting structures. Their leg bones are proportioned differently women and horses from those of a human. For example, free horse games the body part that is called a horse's "knee" is actually the carpal bones that correspond friesian horse to the human wrist. Similarly, the hock, contains the bones equivalent to those in the human horse health ankle and heel. The lower leg bones of a horse correspond to the bones of horse shoe the human the horse hand or foot, and the fetlock (incorrectly called the "ankle") is actually the proximal sesamoid andalusian horses bones between the cannon bones (a single equivalent to the human charlie horse metacarpal or metatarsal bones) and the Proximal phalanges, located where one finds the "knuckles" race horses of a human. A horse also has no muscles in its legs below the knees and hocks, only skin and hair, wild horse bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the assorted specialized tissues that make up the horse trailer world hoof.

The horse hoof is particularly remarkable. horses jumping It begins with the Distal phalanges, the equivalent of the human fingertip or tip of the toe, rearing horse surrounded by cartilage and other specialized, blood-rich soft tissues such as the laminae, with the exterior hoof appaloosa horses wall and horn barrel racing horses for sale of the sole made essentially of the same material as a human fingernail. The end result is that a horse, weighing horse health problems on average 1,000 pounds, travels on the same bones as a human on tiptoe.

The critical wheel horse importance of the feet and legs is summed up by the adage, "no hanoverian horses foot, no horse."

A horse's digestive system is adapted to a forage diet horse arenas of grasses and other horses for sale in michigan plant material, consumed regularly throughout the day, and so they have a relatively small stomach but very long intestines to facilite a fat horse steady flow of nutrients. Horses are not ruminants, so they have only one stomach, running horse like humans, but unlike humans, they can also digest cellulose from grasses running horses due to the presence of a cecum, or "water horse vaccine gut" that is part of their large intestine. Unlike humans, horses cannot vomit, horse transportation so digestion problems can quickly spell trouble for a horse, with horse horse tack online colic a leading cause of death in horses.

As prey animals, they have very large eyes (only the Whale has a state line horse tack larger eye), with excellent day and night vision, though they may horse chestnut have a limited range of color vision. horse show While not color-blind, studies indicate that they have difficulty race horse distinguishing greens, browns and grays. Their hearing is good, and their ears can rotate to pick warmblood horses for sale up sound from any direction. Their sense of smell, while dark horse comics much better than that of humans, is not their strongest asset; they rely to a greater extent on horse women vision.

Evolution of the horse

Mesohippus, an ancestor of the modern horse
Main article: rocking horses Evolution of the horse

Horses and other equids are odd-toed ungulates of the american quarter horse order Perissodactyla, a relatively ancient clydesdale horses group of browsing and grazing animals that first arose less than 10 million years after the dinosaurs became extinct. In the past, this dark horse order buckskin horses contained twelve families, but only three families—the horses and related species, tapirs and rhinoceroses—have survived till today. horse race The earliest equids (belonging to the genus Hyracotherium) were virtual horse games found approximately 54 million years to the Eocene period. The Perissodactyls were the dominant group of large terrestrial browsing animals until the Miocene (about band of horses 20 million years miniature horses for sale ago), when even-toed ungulates, with stomachs better adapted to digesting grass, began to out compete them.

The horse wild horses the sundays as it is known today adapted by evolution to survive in areas horse minerals of wide-open terrain with sparse vegetation, surviving in an ecosystem where other large grazing animals, especially ruminants, could not.[2]

Horse evolution jumping horses was characterised by a reduction sooner horse trailers in the number of toes, from five per exiss horse trailers foot, to three per foot, to only one toe per foot (late Miocene 5.3 million years ago); essentially, the animal was standing on horse stall tiptoe. One of the first true horses 4 sale horse species was the tiny Hyracotherium, which had 4 toes on each front foot (missing the thumb) and 3 toes on horse loving each back foot (missing toes 1 and 5). Over about five million years, this horse trailer for sale horse bit early equids evolved into the Orohippus. The 5th fingers vanished, and new grinding teeth evolved. This was significant in that it signaled living quarters horse trailers a transition to improved browsing of tougher plant material, allowing grazing of not horse lover just leafy plants but also tougher plains grasses. Thus the proto-horses horse saddles for sale changed from leaf-eating forest-dwellers to grass-eating inhabitants barrel horse world of the Great Plains.

By the Pleistocene era, as the horse adapted to barrel horses for sale a drier, prairie environment, the 2nd and 4th toes disappeared on all feet, and horses became bigger. These a virtual horse side toes were shrinking in Hipparion and have vanished in modern horses. All that remains are a set of small breeds of horses vestigial bones on either side horse camps of the cannon (metacarpal or metatarsal) bone, known informally as splint bones, which are a mini horses frequent source of splints, a common injury in the shire horses modern horse.

Domestication of the horse and surviving wild species

Main article: Domestication of the horse

Competing theories black horse in a cherry tree exist as to the time and place of initial domestication. The earliest evidence for the domestication of the draft horses for sale horse comes from Central Asia and dates to approximately 4,500 BC. Archaeological finds such as horse trailer parts the Sintashta chariot singing horses burials provided unequivocal evidence that the horse was definitely domesticated by andalusian horse 2000 BC.

Wild species

Main article: Wild Horse

Most "wild" horses today are actually feral horses, animals that had domesticated ancestors but were themselves born animated horses and live in the wild, carousel horses often for generations. However, there are also some truly wild horses whose ancestors were never successfully horse animations domesticated.

There is a theory that there were four basic "proto" horses that developed with adaptations to their environment prior roping horses to domestication. the chronicle of the horse There are competing theories, some arguing that the prototypes were separate species, others suggesting that the prototypes were physically different western horse saddles manifestations of the same species. Either way, the most horse games online common theories of historical wild species from which other types are thought to have developed suggests horse drawn road grader the following base prototypes:[3]

Przewalski's Horse, rolling stones wild horses the last surviving wild horse species
  • The "Warmblood subspecies" or "Forest Horse" (Equus ferus silvaticus, also natasha bedingfield wild horses called the Diluvial Horse), thought to have evolved into Equus ferus germanicus, and featherlite horse trailers which may have contributed to the development of horses for sale in alabama the warmblood horses of northern Europe, as well as appaloosa horse older "heavy horses" such as the Ardennais.
  • The "Draft" subspecies, a small, sturdy, heavyset animal with a heavy hair coat, carousel horse arising in northern Europe, adapted to cold, damp climates, somewhat horse blanket resembling today's draft horse and even the Shetland pony
  • The "Oriental" horse supplements subspecies, a taller, slim, refined and agile animal arising in western Asia, adapted to hot, black horse & the cherry tree dry climates, thought to be the progenitor of the english horse saddles modern Arabian horse and Akhal-Teke
  • The "Tarpan subspecies," dun-colored, sturdy animal, the size of a large pony, adapted to the cold, dry climates shire horse of northern Asia, the predecessor to the Tarpan and horse riding lessons in bellevue, washington Przewalski's Horse as well as the domesticated Mongolian horse.

The tarpan, horse halters Equus ferus ferus, became extinct in 1880. Its genetic line is lost, horse shows but its phenotype has been recreated by a "breeding back" process, in which living domesticated quarter horse breeders horses with primitive features were repeatedly interbred. Thanks to the efforts of the brothers Lutz Heck chief crazy horse (director of the Berlin zoo) and Heinz Heck (director of Munich Tierpark Hellabrunn), the resulting horses for sale in missouri Heck horse together with the Konik resembles the tarpan more closely woman and horse than any other living horse.

Przewalski's Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii), a rare Asian species, is the only true wild horse horse decals alive today. Also known as the wild horse pictures Mongolian Wild Horse, Mongolians know it as the taki, while the Kirghiz people horse rider safety call it a kirtag. Small wild breeding populations of horse running this animal, named after the Russian explorer Przewalski, exist in Mongolia.[4] There are also small populations maintained horse saddles at zoos throughout the world. After a battle against kt tunstall black horse and the cherry tree extinction, the Przewalksi's Horse is finally flourishing in the wild once again.

Other truly wild equids alive miley horse trailers today include the zebra and the onager.

Feral minature horses horses

Main article: Feral horse
Free-roaming mustangs (Utah, 2005)

Feral animals, paso fino horses who had domesticated ancestors but were born and live in the wild, are distinct from wild animals, whose quarter horse pedigrees ancestors have never undergone domestication. Several populations of feral horses exist, including those horse sheath in the western United States and Canada (often called "mustangs"), and in quarter horse sales parts of Australia ("brumbies") and New Zealand ("Kaimanawa horses"). educated horses Isolated feral populations are often named for their geographic location: Namibia has its horses for sale in florida Namib Desert Horses; the Sorraia lives in Spain and Portugal; Sable Island Horses reside in new horse trailer Nova Scotia, Canada; and New Forest ponies all the pretty horses have been part of Hampshire, England for a thousand years.

Studies of feral horses have provided useful insights into the behavior of ancestral wild horses, horses for sale in alberta as well as greater understanding of the instincts and behaviours that rob zombie educated horses drive horses.

Other modern equids

Main article: Equidae for full species list.

Other members of fresian horses the horse family include zebras, donkeys, and horse stall and equipment onagers. The Donkey, Burro or Domestic Ass, Equus asinus, like the horse, has many breeds. A mule is a hybrid of a horse testicles male ass (jack) and a mare, and is usually infertile. A hinny is the sundowner horse trailers less common hybrid of buckskin horse a female ass (jenny) and a stallion. Breeders have also tried crossing various species of zebra gypsy horses with mares or female asses to produce "zebra mules" (zorses, and horses mounting women zonkeys (also called zedonks)). This will probably remain a novelty hybrid as these individuals male horses tend to inherit some of the undomesticated nature of their zebra parent, but they may inherit iron horse motorcycles the zebra's resistance to nagana pest: zorses, also called zebroids, have been used gaited horse saddle in Central African game parks for light haulage.citation needed]

Horse behavior

Main article: Horse behavior

Horses are horse halter prey animals with a well-developed fight-or-flight instinct. Their first response to threat is to flee, although they are known to stand horses for sale in arkansas their ground and defend themselves or their offspring in cases where flight horse backpacks is not possible, such as when a foal would be horse gift threatened. Through selective breeding, some breeds of horses have been bred to be quite docile, particularly certain large draft types of horses horses. However, most light fairplay horse sale horse riding breeds were developed for speed, agility, alertness and endurance; natural qualities that extend from their wild ancestors.

Horses are funny horse herd animals, and become very attached to their horse boner species and to humans. They communicate in various ways, such as horse racing jockey guillermo gutierrez nickering, grooming, and body language. Many horses will become flighty jumping horse and hard to manage if they are away from their herd. This is reining horses called being "herd-bound". However, through proper training, it is possible to teach any horse to be comfortable away from the herd.

Horses within the human economy

See also: Horse training

Around the world, horses play horse sounds a role within human economies, for leisure, sport arab horses and working purposes. To cite one example, the American Horse Council estimates that team roping horses for sale horse-related activities have a direct impact on the economy of culpeper horse farm for sale the United States of over $39 billion, and when indirect spending is considered, the impact is over horse catalogs $102 billion.[5]

In wealthier, First World, industrialized economies, crystal horse figurine horses are primarily used in recreational pursuits and competitive sports, though they also have practical uses in police work, cattle ranching, search and dead horse rescue, and horse carts other duties where terrain or conditions preclude use of motorized vehicles. In poorer, Third World economies, they may horse trailers for sale in missouri also be used for recreational purposes by the elite population, but serve a much wider role in lusitano horse gifts working pursuits including farming, andalusian horse gifts ranching and as a means of transportation. To a very limited extent, they are also still used in warfare, particularly in regions bocado horses of extremely rugged terrain.

Horses for sport

a youth competitor show jumping in Denmark
Main articles: galloping horse Equestrianism and Horse Racing

Horses are used in two ways horse drawn carriages for sports: as competitors, and as mounts for human competitors. Horses as competitors are trained to be ridden or driven in a particular event. horse jumps Examples include horse play barrel racing, eventing, carriage driving, dressage, and show jumping. Although scoring varies horse video clip by event, most emphasize the horse's speed, maneuverability, obedience and/or precision. Sometimes the equitation of pmu horses the rider is also considered.

Sports such as polo and horseball use horses as quarter horse web site mounts on which the human competitors ride. Although their riders are the primary competitors, horses serve as a necessary part of the american quarter horse mare game. In jousting, for example, the main goal is for one rider to dismount barbaro horse the other. Buzkashi is a game played throughout Central Asia, carthusian horses the aim being to capture a goat while on horseback. [1] Although the history of the bocado horse horse assists this process and horse joint supplements requires specialized training to do so, the details of its performance are not judged, only the result of horse of the dawn the rider's actions.

The most widely known use of horse reproduction horses for sport is horse racing, seen in almost every nation in the world. There are three lost and found horse rescue types: "flat" racing, steeple chasing, i.e. racing with jumps, and harness racing, where horses rescued horses for sale trot towing a small cart where the driver the horse whisperer sits. Most racing horses in the developed world are Thoroughbreds, a breed which can reach speeds wild horses rolling stones up to 40 mph/70 km/h. In the case of a bucking horse specialized sprinting breed, the American quarter horse, speeds over 50 mph have been clocked. In harness racing, speeds crazy horses over 30 mph have been measured.

A major part of the economic importance of horse racing, dun american quarter horse as for many sports, lies in the gambling horse and buggy associated with it.

Horses for work

Horses used for carriage rides

There are certain jobs that horse skeleton horses do very well, and no amount of technology appears able to mare horses supersede. Mounted police quarter horse pedigree search horses are still effective for crowd control. Cattle ranches still require riders on horseback to round up cattle that are scattered across remote, rugged terrain. registered quarter horse Search and anna's horses rescue organizations in some countries depend upon mounted teams to locate people, particularly hikers and hunters, who are lost in remote funny horses areas.

Some land management practices such as logging can be more efficiently managed with horses, to avoid horse and rider vehicular disruption to delicate soil in areas such as a nature horse farms for sale reserve. Forestry rangers may use horses for their patrols.

In poor countries such as Romania, Kyrgyzstan, horse power and many parts of the horse rider Third World, horses, donkeys and mules are widely used for transport and agriculture, especially for pulling plows or carts. In areas morgan horses for sale where roads are poor or non-existent, fossil fuels are scarce, and the steel horse terrain rugged, riding horseback is still the most how to ride a horse efficient way to get from place to place.

Horses used for entertainment and culture

Horses portraying characters from "Middle-Earth" were used extensively in films such as The Return of the King


Horses today also are used to horse wormer re-enact their historical work purposes. A famous example are the Budweiser Clydesdales, a percheron horses team of draft horses who pull a beer wagon in a manner similar to that used running quarter horses prior to the invention of bay horses the modern motorized truck.

Horses are used, complete with equipment that is authentic or a draft horse for sale meticulously recreated replica, to enact various historical battles. horse coloring page Popular subjects include American Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactments, as well as battles of the 19th century between the U.S. Cavalry and Native american quarter horses Americans.

Horses also are used for historical reenactment of horse evolution specific periods of history, to preserve cultural resources, or for ceremonial purposes. Examples horse sale include the use of horses at tourist destinations such as horse walker Colonial Williamsburg. Countries such as the United Kingdom still use horse-drawn carriages to convey royalty and VIPs horses for sale in ohio to and from certain culturally significant events.

Horses are frequently used in movies to add authenticity to name of horse bedazzling historical dramas as well as adding charm to pinto horses films set in the modern-day, or even futuristic show horses dramas.

Horses used for assisted learning and theraputic purposes

Main article: Hippotherapy
Main article: Therapeutic horseback riding
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People with both physical and mental disabilities have obtained medically beneficial results from bucking horses being around horses. The movement of a horse strengthens muscles throughout a rider's body and promotes crazy horse too better overall health. gift for horse lover In many cases, riding has also led to increased mobility for the rider. Horses also provide psychological benefits to people whether horse photography they actually ride or not.

Hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding are names for different the trojan horse physical, occupational and speech therapy treatment strategies woman horse that utilize equine movement. In the hippotherapy environment, a therapist uses the horse's movement aluminum horse trailers to provide carefully graded sensory input, whereas therapeutic horseback riding uses specific riding skills.

The benefits of equestrian clydesdale horse activity for people with disabilities horse shelter has also been recognized with the addition of equestrian events to the Paralympic Games.

"Equine-assisted" or "equine-facilitated" horses and ponies psychotherapy is a new but growing movement which uses horses as companion animals to assist people with psychological problems. Actual practices vary widely horses for sale in ga due to the newness of the field; some programs include Therapeutic Horseback horses for sale north west Riding and may the horse be with you hippotherapy. Non-riding therapies simply encourage a person to touch, speak to and otherwise interact with the horse. miniature reference horses Even without riding, people appear to benefit from being able to connect to a horse on a personal level; bay horse horses are very big black horse and the cherry tree sensitive to non-verbal signals from humans and are an ideal resource for horse man working with patients who have "tuned out" human therapists. Benefits can be obtained from the interaction and relationships formed horse picture between horses and people. Horses are also miniture horses used in camps and programs for young people with emotional difficulties.citation needed]

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine guided education, or equine assisted professional beautiful horses development, is devon horse show a relatively new field of experiential learning for corporate, professional and personal development.

There also draft horse breeds have been experimental programs using horses in prison settings. Exposure to horses appears to improve free horse catalogs the behavior of inmates in a prison setting and help reduce recidivism when they leave. A horse packing correctional facility in Nevada has a successful program where inmates learn to horse pull train young mustangs captured off the range in order to make it more likely that these horses will find horse video adoptive homes. Both adult wild horses lyrics and juvenile prisons in New York, Florida, and Kentucky work in cooperation with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to re-train former racehorses as all about horses pleasure mounts and find them new homes.citation needed]

Horses in warfare

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Main article: Horses in warfare

Horses in horse farm for sale warfare have been seen for most of recorded history, dating back at least horse show jumping to the 19th century B.C. portable horse corrals While mechanization largely has replaced the horse as a weapon of war, horses are still seen today rocking horse plans in limited military uses, mostly for ceremonial purposes, or for reconnaissance and transport activities in areas of rough terrain where women with horses motorized vehicles are ineffective. Horses are also horse drawn wagons used to reenact historical battles; (see Culture lucchese charlie 1 horse above). The training of the war horse has vestiges in the disciplines of classical dressage and eventing.

Horse products

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  • Mare's milk is used by people with large horse-herds, such as the Mongols. They may let it wheel horse tractor ferment to produce kumis. Mares produce a lower yield of milk than cows, but more than goats free horse and sheep.
  • Horse blood was also funny horse pictures used as food by the Mongols and other nomadic tribes. horse drawn buckboard carriages The Mongols found this food source especially convenient when riding for long periods of time. Drinking their own horse's blood allowed the Mongols to horse prints ride for extended periods of time without stopping to eat.
  • Premarin is how to draw a horse a mixture percheron horse of female hormones (estrogens) extracted from the urine of pregnant mares (pregnant mares' urine). It reining horses for sale is a widely used drug for hormone replacement therapy. This horse product is especially controversial; see the Premarin article.
  • The tail hair of the horse winged horse is used for making bows free horse pictures for stringed instruments such as the violin, viola, cello and double bass.
  • Horsehide leather has been horse carriages used for boots, gloves, jackets, baseballs,[6] and baseball gloves.[7] The saba is a horsehide vessel used in the horses and women production of kumis. Horsehide can be used to produce animal glue.
  • Horse hooves can be used to produce hoof glue.

Specialized vocabulary

Main articles: horses for sale in nc Horse anatomy, Horse coat male horse color, and Equine coat color genetics
Parts of a horse
Morphology and Locomotive System of a horse breed Horse

Because horses and humans have lived and worked together for thousands of years, an extensive specialized vocabulary has horse farms arisen to describe virtually every horse behavioral and anatomical characteristic with a high degree horse saddle of precision.

The anatomy of horses for sale in oregon the horse comes with a large number of horse specific horses for sale in texas terms.

Horses exhibit a diverse array of coat colors and distinctive markings, and a specialized vocabulary has evolved rearing horses to describe them. Often, one will refer to a horse in the horses the field by its coat color rather than by breed or by sex. The genetics of the coat woman with horse colors has largely been resolved, although discussion continues about some of falabella miniature horses for sale the details.

The English-speaking world measures the height of horses in haflinger horses hands. One hand is defined in British law as 101.6 mm, a figure derived from horse galloping the previous measure of 4 Imperial inches. Horse height is measured at the highest horse hay point of an animal's withers. Perhaps because of extensive horse info selective breeding, modern adult horses vary widely in size, ranging from miniature horses measuring horse videos 5 hands (0.5 m) to draft animals measuring 19 hands (1.8 m) or more. By convention, 15.2 hh means 15 hands, standardbred horses 1.57 m in height.


The most commonly used nomenclature describing horses by age is barrel horses as follows:

  • Foal: a five horse johnson horse of either gender less than one year old. A nursing foal is sometimes gaited horses called a suckling and a foal that has been weaned is called a weanling. Most foals are weaned at 4-6 months of age.
  • Yearling: a horse conformation horse horse fire of either gender that is between one and two years old.
  • Colt: a male horse that is under the age of four.
  • Filly: a female horse under horse rearing horse trailer sales the age of four.
  • Mare: a female horse four years old and older.
  • Stallion: is a horses for sale in oklahoma non-castrated male horse four years old and older. Some people, particularly in the UK, refer to a stallion as a "horse."
  • Gelding: A castrated male horse john wayne's horses of any age, though for my lovely horse convenience sake, many people also refer to a young gelding as a "colt."

In horse racing the definitions race horse stables of colt, filly, mare, and stallion or horse may differ wheel horse tractors from those given above. In the United Kingdom, thoroughbred racing defines a colt as a male appaloosa horses for sale horse less than five years old and a filly as a baby horse female horse less than five years old.citation needed] In the USA, thoroughbred racing and harness blue roan horses racing defines colts and fillies as four years old and younger.[8]


Main article: gaited horse saddles Horse gait
Sequence of a race horse galloping

All horses move naturally with four basic gaits;the horse race handicapping walk, trot or jog, canter fjord horses or lope, and gallop.

Besides these basic gaits, there are many additional "ambling" or "single-foot" gaits such as pace, slow gait, gypsy horse rack, fox trot running walk, horse coasters and tölt. These special gaits are often found in specific breeds, often referred to as "gaited" horses horse hauling because they naturally possess additional gaits that are approximately the horse racing and seabiscut -- a hope, a prayer, and a horse same speed as the trot but smoother to ride. Technically speaking the so called "gaited horses" replace horses for sale uk the standard trot which is a 2 beat gait with a four beat gait (as pink horse saddle opposed to the canter/lope and gallop which are three beated gaits).

Horse breeds play horse games with additional gaits that often occur natuarally include the Tennessee Walking Horse which naturally performs a running racking horse walk, the American Saddlebred which can easily be trained to exhibit ceramic horse sculptures a slow gait and the rack, the Paso Fino horse with the paso founder in horses corto and paso largo, and Icelandic horses which are known for the horse and carriage tölt. The fox trot is found in several breeds, most notably horse comforter sets the Missouri Foxtrotter. Standardbreds, depending on bloodlines and training, may either pace or trot.

The origin of modern horse figurines horse breeds

See also List of horse breeds Horses come in various sizes and horses for sale in indiana shapes. The draft breeds can top 19 hands horses for sale in pennsylvania (2 metres, 76 inches) while the smallest miniature horses stand as low as 5.2 hands (0.56 metres, 22 inches). how to saddle a horse The Patagonian Fallabella, usually considered the smallest horse in the world, iron horse bicycles compares in size to a German Shepherd Dog.

Different schools of quater horses thought exist to explain how this range of size and shape came about. One school, which some refer to sundowner horse trailer as the "Four Foundations", (see Domestication of the horse and toby keith beer for my horses surviving wild species, above), suggests that the modern horse evolved from multiple types of early wild virtual horses pony and horse prototypes; the differences between these types aluminum battery box for horse trailer account for the differences in type baby carrier horse infant sea of the modern breeds. A second school - the "Single Foundation" - holds only one type of wild horse underwent black horse and a cherry tree lyrics domestication, and it diverged in form horse colic after domestication through human selective breeding (or in the case of feral horses, through ecological pressures). This question will most likely only be resolved horses for sale in kentucky once geneticists have finished evaluating the horse morgan horse for sale genome, analyzing DNA and mitochondrial DNA to construct names for horses family trees. See: Domestication of the horse.

In either case, modern horse breeds developed in response to the need for shire horses for sale "form to function"; that is, the necessity to develop wild horses natasha bedingfield certain physical characteristics necessary to perform a certain type of work. Thus, light, 4 star horse trailers refined horses such as the Arabian horse or the Akhal-Teke developed in all american quarter horse congress dry climates to be fast and with great endurance over long distances, while heavy draft american cream draft horse horse such as the Belgian developed out of a need to pull plows and perform other farm animated horse work. Ponies of all breeds developed out of a black horse and the cherry tree lyrics dual need to create mounts suitable for children as well as for work in small places like mine shafts or crazy horse too las vegas in areas where there was gaited horse insufficient forage to support larger draft animals. In between these extremes, horses were bred to be particularly suitable for tasks that horse and woman included pulling carriages, carrying heavily-armored knights, jumping, racing, herding other horses printable coloring pages animals, and packing supplies.

Some countries specialize in breeding horses suitable for particular activities. For example, Australia, the how to train a horse United States, and the Patagonia region of South paso fino horses for sale America are known for breeding horses particularly suitable for roping horses for sale working cattle and other livestock. Germany produces many Warmblood breeds that are used for dressage. steel horse automotive Ireland is recognized for breeding hunters and jumpers. Spain and Portugal are thrush in horses known for the Iberian horse breeds used in high adopt a horse school dressage and bullfighting. Austria is known worldwide for its Lipizzaner horses, used for dressage and high school work in the famous Spanish Riding School arizona horse trailers for sale in Vienna. The blue horse United Kingdom breeds an array of heavy draft horses and several breeds of hardy ponies. Both the United States and Great Britain falabella miniature horses are noted for breeding Thoroughbred race horses. free horse coloring pages Russia takes great pride in breeding harness racing horses, a goodbye horses q lazzarus tradition dating back to the development of the Orlov Trotter in the 18th century.

Breeds, studbooks, purebreds, and horse buggies landraces

Main article: Horse breeding
Seabiscuit, one of the most well-known race horses

Selective breeding of horses has occurred as long as humans have domesticated them. horse trailers with living quarters However, the concept of controlled breed registries has gained much how to breed horses wider importance during the man horse 20th century. One of the earliest formal registries was General Stud Book for red horse thoroughbreds,[9] a process that started in 1791 tracing back to the foundation sires for that breed. These sires were Arabians, remove trojan horse virus free brought to England from the Middle East.

The Arabs had a reputation sulphur horses for breeding their prize Arabian mares to only trees that are poisonous to horses texas the most worthy stallions, and kept extensive pedigrees of their "asil" (purebred) horses. Though all the pretty little horses these pedigrees were primarily transmitted via an oral tradition, written pedigrees of Arabian horses can be found that date to the draft horse journal 14th century. During the late Middle Ages the Carthusian driftwood horses monks of southern Spain, themselves forbidden to ride, bred horses which nobles featherlite horse trailer throughout Europe prized; the lineage survives to this day in horse buggy the Andalusian horse or caballo de pura raza espanol.

The modern landscape of breed horse chestnut tree designation presents a complicated picture. Some breeds have closed studbooks; a registered Thoroughbred, Arabian, or Quarter Horse must have two registered parents horse fabric of the horse stencils same breed, and no other criteria for registration apply. Other breeds tolerate limited infusions from other breeds; for example, horse with no name america the modern Appaloosa must have at least one Appaloosa parent but may also have a Quarter Horse, microsoft patch for trojan horse virus Thoroughbred, or Arabian parent and must also exhibit spotted coloration to gain full patches the horse registration.citation needed] Still other breeds, british horse society such as most of the warmblood sport horses, dancing horses require individual judging of an individual animal's quality before registration or free horse games online breeding approval, but also allow outside bloodlines in if the horses meet the standard.

Breed registries also differ as to their acceptance or rejection of breeding free horse icons for aol and aim technology. For example, all Jockey galloping horses Club Thoroughbred registries require that a registered Thoroughbred be hackney horse a product of a natural mating ('live cover' in horse parlance). A foal born of horse hoof problems two Thoroughbred parents, but by means of artificial insemination or embryo transfer is horse shoeing barred from the Thoroughbred studbook. Any Thoroughbred bred outside of these constraints can, however, become part of the horses for sale in georgia Performance Horse Registry.

On the other hand, since the advent of DNA testing pyrethrin permethrin resmethrin horses to verify parentage, most breed registries now allow artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), or both. The high value of stallions has helped with the acceptance of these techniques because they 1) allow a stallion to breed more mares with each "collection," and 2) take away the risk of injury during mating.

Hot bloods, warm bloods, and cold bloods

See also: List of horse breeds

Horses are mammals and as such are all warm-blooded creatures, as opposed to reptiles, which are cold-blooded. However, these words have developed a separate meaning in the context of equine description, with the "hot-bloods", such as race horses, exhibiting more sensitivity and energy, while the "cold-bloods" are heavier, calmer creatures such as the draft giants.

Hot bloods Arabian horses, whether originating on the Arabian peninsula or from the European studs (breeding establishments) of the 18th and 19th centuries, gained the title of "hot bloods" for their temperament, characterized by sensitivity, keen awareness, athleticism, and energy. European breeders wished to infuse some of this energy and athleticism into their own best cavalry horses. These traits, combined with the lighter, aesthetically refined bone structure of the oriental-type horse (Akhal-Teke, Arabian, Barb), were used as the foundation of the thoroughbred breed.

True hot bloods usually offer both greater riding challenges and rewards than other horses. Their sensitivity and intelligence enable quick learning with greater communication and cooperation with their riders. However, their intelligence also allows them to learn bad habits as quickly as good ones. Because of this, they also can quickly lose trust in a poor rider and do not tolerate inept or abusive training practices.

Cold bloods

A Percheron draft horse

Muscular and heavy draft horses are known as "cold bloods", as they have been bred to have the calm, steady, patient temperament needed to pull a plow or a heavy carriage full of people. One of the most best-known draft breeds is the Belgian. The largest is the Shire. The Clydesdales, with their common coloration of a bay or black coat with white legs and long-haired, "feathered" fetlocks are among the most easily recognized.[10]

Warmbloods "Warmblood" breeds began when the European carriage and war horses were crossed with oriental horses or thoroughbreds. The term "warm blood" was originally used to mean any cross of heavy horses on Thoroughbred or Arabian horses. Examples included breeds such as the Irish Draught horse, and sometimes also referred to the "Baroque" horses used for "high school" dressage, such as the Lipizzaner, Andalusian, Lusitano and the Alter Real. Sometimes the term was even used to refer to breeds of light riding horse other than Thoroughbreds or Arabians, such as the Morgan horse. But today the term "warmblood" usually refers to a group of sport horse breeds that have dominated the Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games in Dressage and Show Jumping since the 1950s. These breeds include the Hanoverian, Oldenburg, Trakehner, Holsteiner, Swedish Warmblood, and Dutch Warmblood.

The list of horse breeds provides a partial alphabetical list of breeds of horse extant today, plus a discussion of rare breeds' conservation.


Saddling and mounting

The common European practice and tradition of saddling and mounting the horse from the left hand side is sometimes said to originate from the practice of right-handed fighters carrying their sheathed sword on their left hip, making it easier to throw their right leg over the horse when mounting, and sometimes it is regarded as a superstition. However, several other explanations are equally plausible.

Horses can be mounted bareback with a vault from the ground, by grabbing the mane to provide leverage as a rider makes a small jump and scrambles up onto the horse's back (an awkward but popular method used by children), or by "bellying over", a technique which involves placing both hands side by side on the horse's back, jumping up so that the rider lays belly down on the horse's back, and swinging the leg over to sit astride. Some people prefer bareback pads, which are basically sheepskin cushions, when riding bareback, especially on old, under-nourished or bony horses.

In actual practice, however, most bareback riders use a fence or mounting block, or another object which can be stood upon to be able to simply slide onto the horse's back. This method is more convenient for both horse and rider, as the horse does not like someone "hiking" onto their back, and the "hiking" can be found to be very difficult for the rider, especially if the horse is tall or large.


The horse features in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. According to Chinese folklore, each animal is associated with certain personality traits, and those born in the year of the horse are: intelligent, independent and free-spirited. See: Horse (Zodiac).

Riding Methods

Main article: Equestrianism

See also: English riding, Western riding, Dressage

Since the horse was domesticated, a wide variety of riding methods or styles have developed, but all basically balancing the need to allow the horse freedom of movement in activities such as horse racing or show jumping and the need for security of the rider, precision of commands and overall control as seen in activities such as dressage and reining. Worldwide, the most common modern riding style is referred to as "English riding," which is a broad style that encompasses most Olympic Equestrian competition, and includes such specific styles as Dressage, Hunt Seat, show jumping and Saddle seat, among many others. Western riding is a popular style seen in North America, derived from the traditions of Spain, modified the needs of cattle ranchers.


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  • Book of Horses: A Complete Medical Reference Guide for Horses and Foals, edited by Mordecai Siegal. (By members of the faculty and staff, University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.) Harper Collins, 1996.
  • Illustrated Atlas of Clinical Equine Anatomy and Common Disorders of the Horse, by Ronald J. Riegal, D.V.M. and Susan E. Hakola, B.S., R.N., C.M.I. Equistar Publications, Ltd., 1996.
  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 2003. Opinion 2027 (Case 3010). Usage of 17 specific names based on wild species which are pre-dated by or contemporary with those based on domestic animals (Lepidoptera, Osteichthyes, Mammalia): conserved. Bull.Zool.Nomencl., 60:81-84.
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  • Budiansky, Stephen. The Nature of Horses. Free Press, 1997. ISBN 0-684-82768-9

See also

  • Equestrianism
  • Horse tack
  • List of equine topics
  • Classic equitation books

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