The Fascinating Horse By: Abbe

The horse is a fascinating animal with so many great features! There is so much to learn. Including what they look like, what breeds there are, what styles you can ride in, and what gaits you can ride in!

Horses come in many different shapes and sizes. Horses are a hoofed mammals from the family equidae. Horses are split into three different subcategories. The first subcategory is ponys, the second subcategory is horses, the third subcategory is heavy weight or draft horse. Horses are measured in “hands”. One hand is about four inches. This is because we needed a fast and efficient way to measure horses. And four inches is the typical width of the adult human hand. A pony is any where from really tiny to 14.2 hands or 58 inches. A horse is anywhere from 14.2 hands or 58 inches and above. And a draft horse is heavily built and up to 19 hands or 76 inches.

Drafts and a pony next to a horse

There are many different breeds of horses. Some more popular are, American saddle bred, Arabians, Clydesdales, Fjord, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Mustang, Quarter horse, Percheron, and Thoroughbred are some of the many different breeds. The american quarter horse is especially known for having a muscular body and hind legs. One of the more rare breeds Przewalski's Horse is truly the last wild breed of horse/pony in the world. And that the palomino is only recognized as a true breed of horse in the usa. The reasons we see so many different breeds of horses today is because of our ancestors. They did centuries of selective breeding these horses.

There are many different styles to ride in. If you want to ride a horse you will need to know some of the different styles that you can ride in. Western is a style that is made for roping cattle and just having fun. The Western saddle has a horn made for holding a lasso. Not grabbing onto! Most beginners start in the Western because it has a low suede seat and is easier to get control of the horse in. English is a completely different style of riding. It does not have a horn or a suede seat. The stirrups on a English saddle a hung higher forward then on the Western saddle. You can also ride without a saddle this is called bareback.

Heaven Cantering

Horses have different gaits you can ride in. A gait is the way a horse moves its legs and places its hoofs. The horse has three different natural gaits the walk, trot, and gallop. The walk is the slowest of the three gaits, it has four beats in its gait. The trot is the middle of the three, it has two beats in its gait. The gallop is the fastest of the three, it has four beats in its gait. The canter is also known as a slow gallop. It is a controlled version of the gallop.

Meet Heaven Sent Jack Bar my 10 year old American Quarter horse.

I got her when I was in fourth grade.

We do several competitions. This one was at the state 4-h show. We got in the top 10 out of 40 people twice!

This is me and heaven at the state 4-h show. In this picture were doing an extended trot in a english pleasure class.

This is the second show I ever went to with heaven. Were in halter, which Heaven is not good at.

This is me riding bareback in a western bridle. See no saddle!

This is showmanship where you do patterns with stuff like backing, pivoting and more!

Sometimes we do costume classes.

Here Heaven is a flower unicorn and i'm a pixie.

Me riding western. See the horn that you're not supposed to hold on to!

Here is a better picture of an extended trot in and english saddle.

Heres showmanship attire again. Isn't she cute!

Works Cited

Draft Horses. Digital image. Web. 8 Feb. 2017. <https://pixabay.com/p-800298/?no_redirect>.

English Saddle Parts. Digital image. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/EnglishSaddleParts.png>.

Horse next of Pony. Digital image. Web. 8 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Horse-and-pony.jpg>.

Horses. Digital image. Web. 2 Feb. 2017. <https://pixabay.com/p-379806/?no_redirect>.

Western Saddle Parts. Digital image. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Parts_of_an_Western_Saddle.jpg>.

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