Famous Horses

While horses have been used throughout history as a friend and mode of transport to man, not all horses have a myth or legacy. Certain horses however, horses who have performed unbelievable feats or simply been in the right place at the right time, have become the protagonists of folk tales that continue to be passed down thought he ages. Here are some of those horses, and their stories.

Black Beauty

In this inventive 1877 English novel, a horse named Black Beauty narrates the tale. Throughout the book, Beauty tells his life story, from being born on an English farm, to his move to London where he pulled taxi cabs. The story teaches lessons in animal welfare through the life-like narration of Black Beauty and the many good and terrible people he encounters throughout his life.

Bucephalus

This huge, black horse belonged to Alexander the Great and helped him during his campaigns in Persia. The legend goes that Alexander was given the horse at age 13, because no one else was able to tame the wild beast. Alexander promised that he would pay the asking price, should he be unable to break him. Alexander succeeded in taming him, and Bucephalus became his life-long partner.

Seabiscuit

If you haven’t seen the major motion picture about Seabiscuit, then you probably don’t know his inspiring tale. This thoroughbred horse was born in the ’30s, during the height of the Great Depression. As a colt, he was weak, small, and prone to napping for long periods. When Seabiscuit got hooked up with the right trainer, Tom Smith, he shed his not-so-brilliant past and became an incredibly successful race horse. The horse’s early trials and later success became a symbol of hope for many people during the depression.

Jim

Don’t let this horse’s humble name fool you. In 1901, this former milk-wagon horse became used as a vessel for producing diphtheria antitoxin serum, which was then distributed as a vaccine to the public. Unfortunately, after Jim contracted tetanus, his era as a boon to public health was over, and he had to be put down.

Old Billy

Old Billy is the longest lived horse on record. Born in England in the 1760s, he lived until the ripe old age of 62. During his lifetime, Billy was used to pull barges up and down the English canals, before the rise of steamboats. His taxidermied head can be seen on display at the Bedford Museum in England.


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How Long Do Horses live

If horses are taken care of properly, these days like us they have a longer life span than a couple of decades ago. A well look after horse can live nearly 30 years depending on the race and his genetics antecedents.

BreedOriginApprox. WeightApprox. HeightLife Expectancy
American Quarter
USA950-1200 pounds14.3-16 hands30
Thoroughbred
England1000 pounds16 hands25-28
ArabianArabian
Peninsula
1000 pounds14-15 hands25-30
FriesianThe Netherlands1300 pounds15.3 hands16
Paint horse
USA950-1200 pounds14.2-15.2 hands31
AppaloosaUSA950-1200 pounds14.2-15 hands30
Shire
England850-1100 pounds16 hands25-30
Morgan
USA1000 pounds14.1-15.2 hands20-30
Tennessee walking
USA900-1200 pounds14.3-17 hands30
PercheronFrance1900-2600 pounds16.2-17.3 hands25-30

To understand how to this process has evolved overtime is useful to know a little about the early history of this majestic creature.

Horse Domestication

Archaeological and palaeological evidence shows that horses were probably domesticated initially about 35 centuries BC. in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Comparisons of the ancient discovered rests DNA and those of modern horses have helped to arrive to this conclusion.

About 20 century BC. the amount of rests found in human inhabitancies surge abruptly, which is taken as a sign that the domestication of the horse has spread across the whole Europe.

The discoveries from the Sintashta and Petrovka cultures, in which horses were found buried along chariots, is the undeniable prove that domestication was present in2100 BC.

How Long Can A Horse Live?

In our times the average domestic horse can live between 25 to 33 years, and ponies tend to have a longer life span. It’s not rare to find horses with more than 40 years of age and even the oldest horse ever recorded was the remembered the 19th century horse “old Billy” who lived 62 years of age and in more recent years the Guinness record. “Sugar Puff” who died when he was 56..

For competition purposes the age of horses is not measured from the actual birth of them, and in fact a year is added on august the 1st in the southern hemisphere and on January the 1st in the northern every year. The only kind of competition that uses the actual age of the horses as standard,  is the endurance riding in which a minimum age is required to compete.

Breeds that are smaller, like for example the Arabian horse, normally live more than the bigger ones like the Draft horses.

The care and how much does a horse weight can help them to have a healthy and longer life, and in that sense the teeth and feeding attention is basic to enjoy a horse for many years. If this attention is done properly, these older horses can have useful late life and can be occupied for light tasks, like for example be ride for children in their firsts learning stages.

Strategy Horse Feed

Nutrition and feeding are fundamental factors regarding the age of a horse, and a good nutrition program is not only help to have a happier horse, but also will make the horse stronger and healthier, resulting in a longer and better life.

Most of the nutrition experts agree when comes to which is the most natural way to feed a horse, and that is without a doubt “pasture”, which is delivered easily  and comfortably across the horse digestive tract. The collateral advantage of pasture is that the horse is practically obliged to stay moving to get fed, improving his or her overall health.

If horses are given the access to pasture full time, they are going to be grazing between 60 to 70% of the time, resulting in an improvement of their health derived from the continuous exercise. Awkwardly in our days a minority of horses have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited pasture time.

The limitation of space is something that must have to be taken in to account in the design of a nutrition program that is intended to give to your horse a longer and better life.Regarding the issue is  a good idea to be conscious that the trade off  that exist between the lack of space and the health of our horses.

Horse denominations by age

Yearling: Any horse, independent of gender, that has between 1 and two years of age.

Foal: It is a horse that has not yet met one year of life.

Colt: A male horse that is not 4 years old yet.

Filly: A female horse under the age of four.

Mare: Female that met 4 years of life or more.

Stallion: A 4 years old horse or more that has not been castrated.

Gelding: Any age horse that has been castrated.

Horse Gestation and Maturation

Between 320 and 370 days is the average time that takes the gestations of foals

Horses are a precocial species, meaning that they are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth and shortly are able to stand and run. The springs are the seasons in which the majority of births are seen normally are weaned after a period between 4 and 6 months after birth.

Domesticated colts mostly are allowed to reproduce approximately at the age of three, but some horses are physically able to breed after a year and half of age.

Horse’s body develop continuously until they are 6 years old, but they achieve maturity depending on gender, breed, care quality and individual structure.

Also they are put under saddle commonly at the age of 2,and even four depending of breed, the maturity that they have shown, and the work that are intended to do.

In many countries race horses start to race when they are 2 years old, but another horse riding sports never put them under saddle until they are 4 and even many jumping horses come to the discipline after their race careers has arrived to their end.The age of retirement for a racing horse is normally at 5 or 6 years old, and statistics show that in in America only 30% of the racing horses are older than 5 years old.

Horses And Sports


Horses have been for century an inspiration for the sportsmanship of our species. Both humans and horses have developed an outstanding variety of skills that have entertained millions of persons everywhere in the world.

Military activities were very influential in equestrian sports, and a number of disciplines, like jumping, eventing and also dressage had their origins in martial training. The balance and control of both of the components, (rider and horse) were the main goal of the initial developers of these events. Another source of inspiration for the birth of new equestrian sports were the tasks that the farmers needed to do in their regular working days.The growth in the number of horse related sports resulted in the development of the specialized breeds, in which the most skillful horses were chosen for specific practices.

Horse Racing

A sport s that has evolved until became a huge industry being watched all over the world, is horse racing, and some of the disciplines in which is held are: harness racing, plain racing, jumping, steeplechasing and  several more that are less popular .

Famous Racehorses

Secretariat

The Secretariat statue at Belmont Park

Foaled by Somethingroyal and sired by Bold Ruler on March 30 of 1970, this bright-red chestnut racehorse is considered by many, the best of his class ever. He became a massive and powerful horse that stood 16.2 hands when fully developed, and was described as nearly perfect because of his very well balanced conformation and advance biomechanics.

The “Big Red” like his fans like to call him, was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years (1973), and also holds a record winning by 35 lengths at the Belmont Stakes, which is considered 1 of the best races of all time.

His debut was in a maiden race in which he finished fourth, but after that he won 7 of 8 races, being the only loss at the Champagne Stakes, where he was disqualified for interference, after have actually won.

He received the best horse and the Eclipse Award for champion two-year-old colt in 1972.

Hi success was not only remarkable for the achievement of the Triple Crown, but also for the setting of new speed records in all 3 races.

The awards, winning, and record of this amazing horse are almost endless, and a complete record of it can be found here.

Unfortunately this unforgettable horse died at age 19 in 1989 due to laminitis.

Man o’ War

Another candidate for the best racehorse of History is this also red bright chestnut ,born in March 29,1917 and sired by Fair Play with  Mahubah a not very raced mare sired by Rock Sand , a very successful colt winner of the English triple crown.

Despite that Man o’ war was almost always restrained by weigh over his rivals, he was defeated only once and like Secretariat won the Belmont Stake for an awkwardly advantage(20 lengths) and in his debut he did it by 6 lengths.

Even though this magnificent horse won the Preakness Stake by 1 1/2 lengths over his eternal rival Upset and the Belmont Stake  by 20 lengths he couldn’t challenge the modern triple  crown because his owner Samuel D. Riddle didn’t  like that a young colt like him, goes for a mile and a quarter race like the Kentucky Derby.

Sire Legacy

His legacy as a sire is almost as outstanding as his career as a race horse and in 1926 was considered the best  in North America,achieving similar results in  1928,1929 and 1937.also 62 foul of his 381 has been recorder as stakes winner and specially 2 have been recognized  as champions.

Man o’ War was retired from his stud career in 1943 due of a heart attack, and 3 years later died as a consequence of the same.

War Admiral and Seabiscuits :”Relatives In Arms”

In Human terms, the 1 of november of 1938  the nephew had no mercy with his uncle, and  the great Seabiscuits inflicted one of the most painful defeats to his uncle World Admiral, who recently have won the prestigious Triple Crowne.

The Cinderella of the American horse racing was the biggest earner of the year ,and his reputation  in the West coast was huge making the “biggest race” of the century inevitable.Seabiscuits a grand sireof the great “Man o’ War”

was  predestinated to confront  thee idol of the east coast,the sun of the great ‘Man O’ War”.

In an electrifying  race at Pimlico, the light bay sired by Hard Track defeated the Triple Crown champion by 4 lengths.

War Admiral Triple Crown

In the horseracing world is known that the great Man o’ War was no able to challenge the triple Crown because his owner,Samuel Riddle didn’t like to expose his young horses to long distance races,but with War Admiral he made an exception and the brown colt was awarded with a great win at the Kentucky Derby, and only after a week he won the Preakness stakes in a close race to Pompoon by a head.The Belmont Stage On June 5, 1937 was the stage where War Admiral was meant to be proclaimed the fourth horse ever to win the triple Crown of horse racing in the United States.

As a sire War Admiral had also a successful legacy, and was considered the leading American sire in 1945 ,also giving life to a several champions like: Blue Peeter,BusandaNavy Page and many more.Even though there are not war Admiral sires descendants anymore ,his daughters have kept the linage of this great horse alive.

How To Ride A Horse

The best reason to learn how to ride a horse is how pleasant is a good horse ride. This is because horses have managed to establish a good relationship with the human being, to the point that it is one of the animals that has adapted most to these; One factor that has allowed this is how tame the horse has turned out to be.And although since ancient times horses have been used to help man in some important tasks. Some, such as transport and other work related to agriculture and construction, and currently the main function that they play is closely related to enjoyment, entertainment, passion.
More and more people consider horse riding very pleasant. Now, it is worth mentioning that even when riding a horse is a rewarding activity. It is not a simple task to achieve, and in this sense we can ensure that it is not easy to master this activity.
To achieve this, it is necessary to combine some aspects, such as: the type of horse we decide to ride and also the skill that the rider has, as well as others.

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How To Ride A Horse: Getting The Right Gear

One of the biggest concerns that arise if you are a beginner in is: what do I need?

The first, logically, is a good saddle, which is composed of a chair and stirrups to introduce or support the feet. Footrests, which are nothing other than straps that connect the stirrups with the chair. Of course, the chair must be well attached to the animal, and this is achieved by means of a webbing.

Another important element is what is known as a brake or bite, which consists of a metal piece that is placed in the animal’s mouth and is responsible for transmitting the pressure of the reins. These reins are ribbons, or a single tape in several cases, of resistant leather with which the rider directs the horse.

Then we have the head, composed of different bands that fit the head of the horse, joining the reins with the bite.

And finally we have the whip, which is a kind of thin wooden stick also covered with leather and serves to give small touches to the animal and encourage him to walk and move.

Western Riding Position

Tips On How To Ride A horse

The character and strength of some horses may force you to be firm in your movements when riding, or that you need to impose yourself on certain occasions. But none of this requires suffering, nor violence towards the animal.
Nervousness, especially the first times we get on a horse, can become the worst enemy. If we are restless we will make inappropriate movements; or on the contrary, we will be too rigid to be able to empathize as necessary with the animal.
Therefore, before climbing, take a deep breath and trust your monitor and your horse.Keep in mind that horses are a living being, and as such, they can react at any time in somewhat unexpected ways.Therefore, we must be prepared to observe, understand, and react appropriately.
The saddle of the horse and your equipment is essential for the safe practice of this sport. Don’t forget your helmet, boots and appropriate clothes. Also, remember to check that the horse’s saddle is correctly positioned and fixed.
It is common to take a blow when we are learning to ride a horse, but unless you are taking a walk through a difficult terrain, or try to exercise at a higher level than you have, the fall is usually a simple scare.
Keep in mind, especially if you ride on the track, the sand cushions the blow, and the teacher will stop the class as soon as he notices that you are losing your balance.

Horse Riding  Benefits

The practice of riding a horse, not only provides fun and relaxation of the human mind, also gives many physical benefits. And this is because when riding a horse, the whole body is being exercised; It also brings benefits such as strengthening at the muscular level in important areas such as: the back, legs, abdominal area and also in the buttocks. And the reason is because to be able to ride a horse requires a very large physical effort,and also takes a lot of strength to ride a horse causing the whole body to be involved in order to master this practice.

Learning  How To Ride A horse

In view of the attractiveness of riding, more and more people are putting interest in learning the key techniques to do so and enjoy this experience. Among the focal points to learn, we can mention the following:
Before jumping into the chair, the first recommendation is to dedicate some time to establish contact with the horse.
I recommend you not to hurry, otherwise, you will not be able to establish a trust between you and the horse, and this is vital when performing this type of activities.
This is done for the purpose of building trust. Doing something like combing or stroking it beforehand will allow you to achieve that goal.
To start the experience, you can take the recommendation to use a mounting block.
Above all, when you are a beginner, the attempt to climb from the ground is not a simple task, which is why a mounting block results in a very appropriate option. The riding block must always be located on the left side of the animal.
It is recommended that another person hold the horse’s head, so that it is easier for you to get on it. If you do not have someone to do this, you can still hold the reins yourself without adding much attention but you must, at the same time, be firm. Otherwise, the horse can start walking.
In order to complete this step correctly and with less inconvenience, we recommend that someone hold the horse’s head so that you can climb and achieve the proper position; This is especially on the first occasions that you are trying.
In case someone does not hold the horse’s head, you can hold the reins, but you must make it strong even if you don’t stretch much, because you could cause the horse to start walking.

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Final Thoughts on How To Ride A Horse

Everything explained above has no other objective than to guide you in the journey of starting to ride a horse, something that for all those who love this wonderful animal, assumes a pleasant and advisable experience. We hope we have helped you.

Draft Horse Explained

Consisted of many breeds, the draft horse is a big one, that has been bred to perform mostly farm tasks, like for example plowing and heavy loads hauling. These breeds have all their own characteristics, but also have in common that are heavy weighed, very strong, soft nature and very tolerant, features that are crucial for the labors that are required to develop in the country and for the horse to have a longer live.

Because of its portentous appealing draft horses are often shown in exhibitions and recreation festivals.Also the draft horse is a type of horse that is preferred for crossbreeding, doing it especially with less powerful horses, in order to get individuals that are able to perform in sports activities.

Draft Horse History

Even though some modern heavy horses bloodlines could have some influence from the medieval Destrier, contemporary Draft Horses are visibly bigger than the horse that the knights used to ride, and even bigger that the ancient Draft Horses. Back in the day stronger ordinary farm working horses were destined to do the hardest work and over time the crossing of these individual give origin to the modern Draft Horse breeds.

In the 1900s the demand for powerful horses increased significantly, and with the arriving of the railway, were still more needed. People started to ask for muscular, larger and developed hindquarters horses that would be used to move passenger carts, managing cargo and pulling logs.

Later in the 20th century before that engine vehicles were available and trustworthy, these great specimens participated even in the First World War, and also were used for a variety of everyday jobs, resulting in the importation of a huge amount of draft horses from Europe to the USA.Belgians, Percherons, Clydesdales and Shires arrived to the country causing the appearance of many American Draft horse registries, becoming the Percheron the most popular breed of these kinds of horses.The most notorious  Draft Horse breed  developed in the USA was the American Cream and his stud book was founded around 1930.

The increasing mechanization that characterized the initial decades of the 20 century contributed dramatically to the decline in popularity of the draft horses breeds and in present days these types of horses are seen mostly in exhibitions, contests, and shows.

Breed a Draft Horse is not cheap

Most draft horses not necessarily have to use shoes but the owner of one that does it, has to spend much than the owner of a smaller horse, because they required special equipment, and the bigger effort that the farrier has to release to finish the labor.

It is also not difficult to understand that feed a ton horse will be quite onerous, no matter that these horses have a slower metabolism than other horses.

Draft Horse Today

Thanks to the rebirth in popularity that the breeding of this horses have presented, the care of them also has evolved significantly,being now the feeding and diagnosis of their individual characteristics the focus of the activity.Nowadays the draft horses are divided in 3 types Hitch, Farm, and Pulling.

Hitch Horse

The Hitch horses are draft horses that are destined to perform in shows pulling carts individually or in groups. The average height of them is approx. 17 hands and their weigh about 1800 lbs.

Farm Horse

A multipurpose horse, the farm Horse is used normally for tasks related to agriculture, nevertheless the can also be ridden and utilized to pull carts.They stand at less of 16 hands and weigh nearly 1500 lbs.

Pulling Horse

Seen usually in weigh pulling competitions, the pulling draft horses are also utilized in logging operations that are difficult for machines to be used .Their weight is normally around 1700 lbs.

The Care

Feeding

A Draft Horse must be fed properly, and to achieve this goal is important to understand the factors that are influential in the development of a healthy and strong Heavy Horse. The most important issues to take in consideration are: Size, the work that the horse is intended to do and age.

Other aspect that modern breeders consider when planing their feeding is also the climate and environment in which the Draft Horse live.Warmer and cooler weathers will require different kinds of nurturing.Working horses normally are fed early in the day and then after the working day has finished.

Never mind they are light horses or heavy horse ,always they are fed with a mix of grain, hey, grass , vitamins and nutrient supplements that have to designed according to the aforementioned factors. If the Draft horse is desired to do his job and a greater speed, his energy consumption will be absolutely different that the one that works at a less demanding rhythm, and of course he will need a bigger intake of energy.

The best way to asses if a horse is fed adequately is to visually observe his condition and act in a way that the possible harm can be prevented.

Conclusion

The Draft Horse was in the past crucial for the development of many activities and his powerful and courageous appearance impressed not only the horse’s lovers,but everybody that have the opportunity to watch them.

Nowadays even though they are nos so utilized in practical labors they contribute to a series of entertainment activities ,and they are still very admired for plenty of persons.For the fans of this awesome kind of horse they will be always present in their minds and in their hearts.

How Much Does A Horse Weigh?

Overweight Horse

After ask  about how long do horses live? .It would be interesting to ask also, how much does  a horse weigh?

Different breeds different sizes and of course different weights, so the short answer to the question, how much does a horse weigh? Is it depends? It depends on what? This is the subject of the conversation that we are going to have in this article.

The main factor to consider when we talk about horses weights is the breed, and we can find from the lovely mini horse to the amazing Percheron. Another thing to consider is the purpose of the horse, meanwhile a work horse must be a strong and massive animal, the racehorses need a be better balance between weight and agility.

People tend to asses the well being of a horse for his visual appearance, but are another way to diagnose the health of a horse that are way more efficient like the regular weighing of the horse.

Obesity in a horse is as harmful as in a human being and can result in heavy health complications like Laminitis that is an illness that produce resistance to insulin.

Also many health conditions can be present when we see an underweight horse, and that’s why monitor the health of a horse is important to understand which is the right weight for him.

 American Quarter: Horse Weight

The name of the breeds refers to the fact that they outclass most of the others horseracing breeds in races to a quarter mile or shorter.

Nowadays there are about 3 million living horses of the breed registered in the USA, being the most popular breed in the country due to a large presence in horse shows and rodeos beyond his ability to perform tasks that are necessary in the ranch work.

The American quarter horse weight from 950 to 1200 pounds, and the fact that the breed shows a compact body with a height of about 60 inches average, make this horses well suited to execute the complex movements  that are often required to do in the farmers daily job.

Thoroughbred: Average Horse Weight

The average horse weight of a Thoroughbred is nearly 1200 pounds when are intended to be racinghorses. The breed has been known as a racinghorses one from at least the 12th century in England, and later on spread around many counties in the world.

The American colonies received the first Thoroughbred in 1730, named “Bulle Rock”.

The main areas of Thoroughbred breeding in the USA, after the American revolution were Kentucky and Tennessee, which became the new centers of horseracing in the country.

The famous Thoroughbred breed is also used in many disciplines, like polo, in which the smaller horse are used, combined training or jumping, where retired racinghorses are often also used, and several entertaining activities.

Arabian Horses: How much do horses weigh?

This easily recognizable horse breed that is famous for been one of the oldest breeds in the world, show horses that average a weight between 800 and 1000 pounds. Even though, it seems unbelievable, there are some archaeological investigations that have found in the Middle East, images dated 4500 years ago that portrait horses very similar to the contemporary Arabian Horses.

Influence of this awesomely beautiful horse breed can be seen spread all over the world and traces of it bloodlines are present in most of the modern horse breeds. Sturdiness, speed and aesthetic refinement are some of the great contributions that this breed has made to the world of horse breeding.

The rough desert environment in that this breed of horses used to live, made the Bedouin people to give them shelter inside their own tents and therefore they developed a relationship between them and their breeders that is difficult to find. That is why the breed is so naturally responsive to teaching, cooperative and well behaved.

The Arabian horse also had important participation in combat between rival Middle Eastern tribes, which make to enhance their awareness and bravery, that make them to gain the respect of their riders that were happy to take care of them with love and special dedication.

Friesian: Average weight of a horse

This breed comes from The Netherlands, and with his small drought horse look, weights about 1300 pounds. Despite their look this horses display great elegance and agility for their magnitude. In ancient days were vastly wanted, because their aforementioned characteristics made them the perfect choice for knights and their heavy armor.

The intense black color is one of its most recognizable features and normally registries only accept in their purebred registers: The classic black, occasionally chestnuts that can demonstrate the red gene in their bloodlines, and very rare horses that have  little stars on their face.

Paint horse: How much does the average horse weigh?

The Paint horse weighs between 950 and 1250 pounds, and descends from the Thoroughbred and the American Quarter horses. The body type is heavy but not very tall, making them stocky and muscular at first sight. Their lower center of gravity makes them easy to manipulate and due it powerful back legs they can increase sprint velocity very quickly.

The exclusion of horses that presented any white body spots from registration at the American Quarter Horse Association gave birth to a number of organizations intended to preserve and encourage the breeding of paint horses.

Appaloosa: Weight of a horse

Appaloosa horse weight between 950 and 1250 pounds, and his aspect is recognized for the uncommon spotted pattern color.

Several spotting patterns overlaid on top of another make up the unique color of each horse. These patterns are the result of the combination of many breeds, and the horse colors genetics studies put special emphasis in the investigation of this breed origins.

After almost been extinguished, a small lovers group of the breed, fought to preserve it until the appearance of the Appaloosa Horse Club which was founded in 1938, organization that started the registration of the horses.

Basically considered a stock horse, the breed is nowadays very popular in the USA, and its versatility allows them to perform many kinds of horse riding activities. Breeds that have received influence from the Appaloosa bloodlines are: the Nez Perce Horse, the Pony of the Americas, and several more.

Shire: How heavy is a horse?

Shire Horses weight from 18720 to 2430 pounds, and is a breed that comes from Great Britain, being a large horse are recognized for its huge ability to pull weight. These horses can also be seen utilized in business promotions, horse riding disciplines and forest heavy jobs.

Even the breed had massive popularity in the USA at the end of the 1900s, with the advent of the 2o th century and the arrived of mechanical technology, the demand for them diminished rapidly.

After resurgence in the last decades, the breed is still regarded at risk because the low population numbers recorded by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Examples of the enormous power of the horses of this breed is an event held in Great Britain in 1924, where a couple of horses pull out the awesome load of about 45 tons, being impossible to point out the exact weight of the load, due that the dynamometer felt short of the amount that the horses were able to  pulled out.

 Morgan: Average Horse Weight

Being one of the first breeds that were originated in the USA, the Morgan Horse weigh about 1000 pounds.

The never forgotten sire Figure was the predecessor of the Morgan horses that later on were seen performing so many tasks, like a military horse, regular horse riding and also harness racing. Beyond that, this sophisticated and compact breed has been influential for several truly American breeds, starting for the emblematic American Quarter and following with the Standardbred and the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Although they come in many colors including pinto, they are generally bay, black or chestnut colored.

Lippitt, Government, Working Western, and Brunk are the principal bloodlines of the Morgan Breed, being the Lippitt considered the purest of all of them, the Government is the largest and some of the Working Western descends from it.

Joseph Brunk’s Illinois breeding program, was the origin of the Brunk bloodline, that is known because the agility that they display in their movements.

Tennessee Walking: Weight of a horse

The also called Tennessee Walker Breed is recognized by his flamboyant and walk-running pace weighing 900 to 1200 pounds.

The original use of the horses of this breed was in the plantations of the south of the United States, but in modern days they also perform in many exhibitions all over the world, showing their elegant and gracious style.

Also their composed temperament make them to be preferred for many people as a riding horse.

Black Allan was born in 1886, who is  considered the first Tennessee walker in history,being a result of crossings of several breeds like the Canadian Pacers, Narragansett Pacers, Spanish Mustangs and some other breeds.

There are 2 main kinds of shows in which these horses compete:

Performance that put emphasis in the leg action “performance”, and Flat-shod in which the horses show more humble movements.

Percheron: How much does a horse weigh?

Normally black or gray this muscular horses weight 2600 pounds approximately, and have their origin in the former province of Perche in France.

These hard worker breed was originally intended to be used for wars, but later become coach horses and mainly agricultural horses that were massively exported at the end of the 19th century to America and many other countries in the world.In the first decades of that century the amount of Percheron horses in the USA grew exponentially, accounting for the 70% of the draft horses in the country.Used mostly for Forestry labors, today the percherones are also still widely utilized, for drafts works, competitions and even for under saddle jobs.

Epilogue

To finish is interesting to analyze, if there is any relationship between a human lifespan and the life duration and wage of a horse. Many people have dedicated efforts and time trying to arrive to same conclusion about the subject. The most popular opinion seems to be that if you multiply the age of a horse by a factor of 3, it would be equivalent at the age of a human been. Even though there is no scientific evidence of this assumption, common sense says that the theory is quite accurate. How Much Does A Horse Weigh? Is something that seems to have no relationship with human weight at all.

Horse Trailer

Origin Of The Horse Trailer

It is said that vehicles that resembled the actual horse trailer were seen in the years that horses were used by the fire departments to pull their carriages. In the event that these horses suffered some kind of wounds, they were transported on ambulances that seem to be the predecessors of our modern horse trailers.

With the same purpose, in the initial decades of the 20th century, the French army used these kinds of horse ambulances to carry the wounded horses that participated of the World War 1.And later, at the end of the war, the prestigious magazine Popular Science Monthly, informed that motor vehicles were used to avoid the drawbacks that the railroad irregular schedules meant for the transportation of mainly race horses that were committed to compete in specific events.Also railroad carriages, which were adapted to transport horses contributed to develop the idea of what these days are the trailers.

The expansion of mechanization, made that an exponential amount of adapted trailers, trucks, vans and any vehicle that can be modified to transport horses, were available for the horse owners that needed an efficient and secure way transport their equine friends.

These boxes were constituted by 3 stalls separated by wadded fences to help the horses to stay in a stable position. Also these carriages contained a space dedicated to the carer, that had a bench with glass windows and also a toilet. The carers could watch and feed the horse across accesses especially intended for that.

Design and  Features of Trailers for Horses

Depending on the kinds of amenities, and the numbered of horses that are intended to be transported, the vehicles are sold in a variety of prices, and the buyers should know that these trailers cannot legally weigh more than a certain amount of weigh depending on the area that the trailers are been used.

The most sophisticated units even can provide lodge and facilities to accommodate the drivers of them, especially useful for competitors of sports events which require that the rider stays at the championship location for several days.

Normally horse trailers are design in a way that the horses can face the front of the vehicle, the rear or a diagonal position. To sustain their weight it is necessary that the horses can step at least once in all directions inside the trailer.

According to several researches the position in which horses feel more comfortable when traveling is the backward position, being the forward position also a less stressful one. In America is common to see horse trailers that have partitions skewed at 45 degrees to the vehicle line, due that has been observed that when horses travel in single trailers they tend to stay in that position.

In the UK, in the 1970’s race horses were still be transported from their training area to the racecourses in railroad carriages called “Horse Boxes” that were connected to regular travelers convoys or even could have exclusive trains dedicated to them.

Types of Horse Trailers

Bumper Pull Horse Trailers

If you want to transport a couple of horses, a bumper towed or bumper pull trailer is going to be perfectly enough in most of the cases. This kind of trailer is attached to the vehicle that tows it by connecting it with a coupler in front of it. Usually compact in size these trailers can be towed for most of the vehicles and also are the trailers that have the most affordable prices.

Gooseneck Horse Trailers

A Gooseneck horse trailer is a good alternative when you are transporting three or more horses; make longer journeys and take numerous items with you. These trailers are safer due that the stability is greater, and also are simpler to drive. The trailers contain besides the main part of it, an extension which is connected to the truck that is towing the trailer.

The area of the trailer usually divided in two. The one in the back is the place that is destined for the horses to stay, and in front racks that are used to storage saddles and other material used in the horse breeding.

Living Quarter Horse Trailers

Being the trailers that require the biggest investment, the living quarters horse trailers are the most complete of all of them, because beyond that they show the typical area where the horse are transported, they have also a space that is especially dedicated for human dwelling. Located in front of the trailer, these areas can supply sleeping space, toilet and even kitchen. This kind of trailer is often used by professionals that work in shows, competitions and so on. At first sight can be seen as an exaggerated spending, but looking more deeply, the trailers are very budget efficient for the people that move constantly around the country.

How To Clean A Horse Trailer

Even tough it is not one of the favorites jobs of anyone that have a horse trailer, the task is indispensable, and if you want that your vehicle has a longer lifespan, it must be executed regularly.

Not fun neither not so difficult, the necessary materials to accomplish the mission are easy to find and available at reasonable prices.

When to clean the horse trailer?

It is important for the maintenance of the trailer, to be cleaned it after every single trip, and in order to make it easier, is a good idea to keep always a bucket handy. Waste, especially urine, has to be cleared quickly, because if not the floor is going to get damaged overtime.

In case that the trailer is intended to transport several horses the procedure must be executed in each area individually.

Tips

When you start the job, the first thing to do is to withdraw the equipment from the trailer ,like tool kits, saddles, food bags and etc.

Then retire the floor cloth and wipe the flooring area with a solution of 10 parts of water per 1 of sterilizer to get rid of any malicious bacteria that could damage the health of the horses.

It is also good idea inspect all the junctions where different areas of the trailer meet each other, since these points are especially proclive to save leftovers and undesired substances.

Then when the chemical has done its job, park the trailer on a slope with the back part of it in the lower side of the area, so the liquid can drains completely. Rinse the area with a powerful water hose if possible, until there is no debris or materials on the surface of the trailer.

After the trailer is totally dried is useful to spread a good amount of baking soda to counteract the acidity of the horses’ urine.

Conclusion

As we have seen, the job of cleaning a horse trailer it is not difficult, but requires some attention to the details, and focus in the most important tasks that are necessary to keep your horse trailer clean ,and with a longer usable  life.

Horse Racing Movies

Over many decades, horse racing has been a delightful experience globally and making a great number of individuals earn some cash from it. Apart from the great deal of racing and finishing the line, horse racing can have sad moments of a horse falling or being injured leading to retirement or a worse action. An enormous number of people are involved starting from breeders to trainers who ensure our horses have the best speed and eventually jockeys who perform various body exercises to horses as well as riding the winner. Having millions of horse riders and racers who are very popular all over, their stories have touched the souls of many people and impacted positively in their lives, also asking how long do horse live. Going to an extent of producing a film and sharing their thoughts to the whole world is an aim of preserving their memory. Now, in this article, i will give you a list of horse racing movies which are based on true stories. This can be something entertaining to watch when relaxing in one of your afternoons.

Phar Lap (1983)

Phar Lap attracted the attention of many Australians. having bought underweight while being ridden in a wart he has produced perfect breeding consequently referred to as ” a cross between a sheep dog and a kangaroo”. He has being undergoing training with the help of his strapper Tommy Woodcock who has invested much effort to ensure he is on the top-notch during the race. He won the Melbourne cup after an attempt of being killed once in the streets. This film wraps up with woodcock being upgraded to be Phar Laps trainer.

Secretariat (2010)

This is a Disney film with Diane Lane and John Malkovich being the primal performers. The story talks about Penny Chenery who inherits the horse racing from his sick father regardless of having less knowledge on this field. She later produced secretariat who won the race being the first triple crown. Trolley boy appears much in the film being the great-great grandson of the secretariat.

Seabiscuit (2003)

Basing on a real life story of Seabiscuit, this movie portrays his fortunes, journey to fame and from his rags to riches. His bond with his jockey and their similarities in emotional behaviors led a a great and strong bonds between the two. in spite of this, they also won many races. Jeff bridges who owns Seabiscuits collaborates with a New York racer, Samuel riddle and made an agreement to secure a horse but unluckily, red pollard breaks off his leg and another jockey was chosen.

Champions (1984)

Basing on the life of bob champions, he tells a story of a man who was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The man was to undergo a chemotherapy to have his testis removed and later participated in a horse racing and won in Aldaniti. Sherga (2008) The story of the movie is based on a true story concerning the abduction of Sherga by IRA and held in ransom. Sherga was later rescued by a stable boy and his remains has never been found. Ultimately, the movie culminates with a happy situation. Horse racing movies are many that have recently been produced and you can opt for one. They are the most entertaining, educative and informing movies you can ever watch. Select one of the above horse racing movies and have a cool and tranquil day.

How Fast Can a Horse Run?

When we think of horses, our mind immediately associates it with the concept of speed and power. There are horse races, and even the strength of cars is measured in horses. Therefore, here we will see how fast can a horse run.

Some say that an exceptional horse in exceptional circumstances could run at approximately 50 m/h, although it is normal for a horse to run at a maximum speed of about 31 m/h. But when we talk about competition horses, we must know that the speed record is established at 44 m/h.
Launched at a gallop there are those who say that naturally  and without supporting the weight of a rider, a horse with extraordinary powers could reach speed points greater than 50 m / h, but realistically can be affirmed that 50 m/h is a reasonable speed for a normal horse ridden by a normal rider.

After a century and a half of analysis, the statistics that breeders handle seem to confirm that race horses are getting faster, especially when it comes to short distances. Since 1850 the speed that a racehorse can develop has increased substantially, with a first increase in the period between the end of the 19th century and 1910.

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How Fast Can A Quarter Horse Run?

The Quarter horse demonstrates its versatility in the variety of competitions it participates. In the pedigrees of the race are lines of work, career and riding. In the United States, in addition to the training and racing competitions, there are more than 15 different work and 8 English riding competitions, but without a doubt the breed is known for its ability to run short stretches especially a quarter mile .
In the short distance, a Quarter Horse holds the speed record with 20.57 seconds spent running a quarter of a mile with a maximum of 50 m / h. When we talk about distances between 1,000 and 3,000 meters the record is for the thoroughbred horse who can race at 21.5 miles in two minutes and twenty two seconds, galloping at a speed of 38 m / h.

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How Fast Can A Race Horse Run?

There are studies that measure the influence of the type of breeding it has on the speed that racehorses can obtain. Training shows that small speed modifications were achieved, especially in the best trained animals, with an average improvement of more than one meter per second. This is an important advance, since it translates into very high economic incidents in sports where horses are used.
These studies assume that training would improve endurance, increase the muscular diameter of the horses, increase the length of the step, improve the speed and concentration of plasma ammonium and blood lactate, two indicators of metabolic changes. In the studio five-year-old race horses were trained once a week with a definite amount of pikes of increasing speed 110 yards away. The speed was measured through photoelectric cells, one at the zero point and the other one at the 110 yard.
The first two weeks of the total training period of eight weeks, two races were made per session with an interval of 10 minutes between each run. The next two weeks three races were made per session. In the fifth and sixth week there were four races. The last two weeks the horses made five bites per exercise session, always with 10 minute intervals.
The trials showed respect to the speed and length of the passage, especially considering three of the horses that demonstrated adequate training. On the other hand, they verified that the animals produced more lactic acid after training, which implies more energy and that is why the horses were quicker

How Fast Can A Horse Run With A Rider?

The horse, apart from being one of the most beautiful animals on the planet, has a virtue for which it has always been much appreciated by man, this virtue is none other than speed. For centuries the horse has been the transport of the human being, this being our “car” to go from one place to another, the “tank” in battles, the “tractor” to work the field or the “truck” to transport goods .
Depending on the distance to be traveled, one breed or type of horse can be considered to be faster than the others, but any mid-level rider, with normal riding equipment and a healthy horse can reach speeds around 30 m / h, and not only that, but enjoy a unique feeling of freedom and union with the horse, feeling every stride and breath of the animal as if it were its own.

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How Fast Can A Arabian horse Run?

If the Arabian horse is good, a rider can travel with him 50, 70, and up to 90 miles in one day. After that he should have a good rest of several days.
The trips made by the Arabian horse are not usually so long. Instead, they sometimes travel in a single day a much larger space with a heavy load.
In the past every good Arab horse must carried a rider with his weapons, the tapestry where he was laid, the food for both of them and a flag throughout the day without eating or drinking.
The Arabian horse can walk  a distance of approximately 120 to 150 miles in one day. We have seen a large number of horses make this distance in one day, but the horse that travels this distance should rest there the next day and ride much less the other days.

How Fast Can Horse Run At Full Speed

Worldwide the legend of being the fastest horse in history has its own name, Secretariat, although at that time the registers were not completely officially recognized. However, if the heart of a normal horse weighs 8.3 lbs, the heart of Secretariat was found to weigh 21.8 lbs.
To conclude, the last recorded speed record dates back to 2008 and was won by Winning Brew, a two-year-old thoroughbred who ran the ¼ mile at the speed of 44 m / h. Previously Onion Roll in 1933 and Big Racket in 1945 made the same distance at 43 m / h.
Finally, in the mile and a half distance, the speed record is recorded at 38 m / h achieved in 1989 for a 3 year call Hawkster at the Santa Anita racecourse (California).

We hope that you enjoyed our research about how fast can a horse run.

Fjord Horse

The Fjord horse can be easily recognized for his small size and robust complexion. His origin are the mountains located in the western area of Norway. At first sight they look like smaller draft horses, and due to their agility are useful for many labors.The breed standard of Fjord Norwegian horses accepts 5 shades of dun color, being saddle and harness jobs the main purposes that are used for.Besides the characteristic colors, the breed shows horses with strong neck and leg appearance.

Normally we see that most of the Fjord horses stand between 13.1 and 14.3 hands and the weight that is regularly seen is in a range between 880 to 1,100 pounds. Even tough for someone these horses can look similar to a pony; the breed is fully regarded as a horse.

Talking about temperament the fjords are known because they are tranquil and easy to relate to .

Fjord Horses In The Past

Being one of the most ancient breeds in the world, there is knowledge of its existence from the end of the last ice age. There is evidence coming from early Viking graveyards locations, showing that the breed was bred in a selective way for nearly 20 centuries.

Western Norway has been witness of the use of these horses for several hundreds of years, mostly in agriculture and other labors that were required in the mountainous environment in which they lived.

Plowing fields and works related with lumber has been the most common uses that inhabitants of western Norway have made of them, but due to their low weight and nimbleness can be easily use as a saddle horse or even pulling carriages.

Nowadays because their peaceful temperament and small size the breed is also one of the favorites in riding schools and therapeutic institutions. Another situations that the fjord horse can be seen, is in equestrian shows, competitions, tourism related activities and a series of labors that required their sturdiness and agility.

Fjord Horse Colors And Appearance

The dark color of the hair that populates the center of the mane in combination with the lighter hair of the outer side are  the most recognized features of the Fjord horse look.

The classical short and crescent shape trimming has become in a trademark that identifies the breed across the whole world. The purpose of this kind of cut is intended to call the attention to observe the strong and aesthetically beauty of the neck of the horse, which is emphasized by cutting the outer side of the mane shorter than the inner one.

From the 5 recognized colors, the most common is the “brown dun” which counts for 90% of the registered horses.

Brown Dun

Between variations of light chestnut and cream color, normally the brown duns are kind of yellow brown, and their distinctive markings can go from dark brown to black color. Nevertheless a certain amount of horses shows dark tails and mane, the majority of them display lighter colors .

Red Dun

With a body in several shades of gold this horse shows mostly cream color tail and mane, being the markings of red color. The responsibility of the pale color is called dun factor which contributes to the dilution of the original chestnut shade.

Gray Dun

To be considered Gray dun a fjord horse should have a body that goes from a smooth shade of gray to a dark shade of cyan. Also this horses show some hair in the middle of the tail, a stripe of hair in the middle of the mane and hair coat markings of deep gray color or simply black.Other parts of their body are of an even lighter color and in some cases can be extremely pale.

White Dun

Beside the main cream color of these horses, they show a stripe of hair in the middle of the mane, hair in the middle of the tail and hair coat markings of straight black color. The name used for this color in some horses of another breeds is buckskin dun, which is a dilution made by a mutated gene of the cream color.

Yellow Dun

These is the color of Fjord Horse which  is the most difficult to find.The color is originated from an extra dilution of the red dun, which results in a lighter shade of cream body color, the rest of the body normally is white, with the exception of the primitive markings that are randomly founded.

We believe that the fjord horse is one of the loveliest and useful of the breeds that we have review.

Their medium size and elegance make them a very singular kind of horses.

Known for most horse lovers, the breed had spread all around the world and can be seen in exhibitions all over the planet. These exposure has made their popularity skyrocket, showing the singularity of the Norwegian culture in many kind of outlets and media, making us enjoy the generous input that they can give to the international community.

Arabian Horse

The Arabian horse is one of the most beautiful breeds that exist in the world. Participating in movies, portrayed in many pictures and center of the attention in thousands of photos this noble, powerful and cleaver horse had influence in many other breeds around the world and many people ask themselves How long do horses live?

These horses have been recognized not only for his beauty, but also for his ability to learn and his bravery, which has been an inspiration for the millions of admirers of fine horses.

Originated in the Middle East, the breed start to expand with the Muslim culture in Northern Africa and Spain by the 7th century.

The Ottoman Empire and the Arabian horse

The Ottoman Empire was another protagonist in the propagation of the Arabian horse across the world. In the early 1900s, the Turkish were able to acquire plenty of exemplars of this breed by several means, like war, trade and negotiation. The stream of horses for their cavalry was extremely important for the Ottomans, whereby they rest assured to promote farms for the breeding of them, and even several members of their leadership were prone to look for the purest bloodlines of Arabian horses.

The Turkish were the vehicle for the breed to conquer Europe via diplomatic emoluments and gifts or trade and sales.The fact is well documented in records dated from the beginning of the 14th century found in the personal library of the Sultan of Egypt.

It is thought that the Arabian bloodline was introduced at the beginning across Spain and France, and later on with the return of the crusaders who brought them as trophy of war in the turn of the 11th  century.

The Ottoman were defeated by the Hungarian and the polish army in 1522, who took possession of a major amount of the Arabian horses that the Turkish took in their incursion, constituting the basement of the main studs of Eastern Europe.

Arabian Horse Measures:

These horses weight about 1000 pounds ,and  his height is between 4.8 – 5.1 ft.

Modern Arabian Horses Uses

Contemporary Arabian horses are used i a variety of activities like  horse racing, jumping, pleasure riding,trail riding and so on.Competitions are also common to show this horses performance and they are especially dominant in endurance  and long distance races.

Arabian Horse  Breed Influence

The Arabian horse bloodline has been present in the most of the main horse breeds of our times. Good examples are breeds as important as the American quarter, the Thoroughbred and the Morgan to name a few.

Crossing Arabian horse with other breeds is largely utilized when people are looking to add the characteristic features that this breed shows (alertness, strength, magnificence).

Nowadays the Arabian Horse Association have created a special registry for the mixed Arabian horses and some of them have an individual registry. Some of them are: The Pintabian (Paint-Arabian),Arabian -Quarter (Quarab), Arabian-Morgan(Morgan-Arabian) and several more.

Talking about Arabian horse popularity, they have been present in Hollywood from 1926, when the stallion Jadaan was rode for Rodolfo Valentino, one of the most renowned movie gallant ever. Also they appeared in the film “Young black stallion” where were displayed 40 Arabian Horses.

They have been present in sports, like for example in the University of Southern California where their mascot was the Arabian horse called Traveler. ”Thunder” was the Mascot of the Broncos for a decade. They also are seen in many fairs, parades, exhibitions and many more entertainment shows all around the USA.

These outstanding horses are also used for law enforcement tasks, rescue mission and many other community services.

Epilogue

The Arabian horse has been one of the most important bloodlines in history, and its input has been huge for the development of a large amount of disciplines. The world of horse admirers has been always impressed for the refinement and beauty of this great specimen that the Middle East has given to the world.