Archive for October, 2010

I have loved and ridden horses since I was a very young girl.  Horses are so noble, so amazingly beautiful and definitely have minds of their own!  Choosing the right horse for your riding experience, riding needs and compatibility is extremely important.  If you were bringing a dog into your home, you would do your homework on what works for you. Well, the same must be said about horses.  Some horses should only be handled by people with knowledge regarding certain breeds.  In other words, if you are a novice rider, just learning to ride, you do not want a race horse! That’s only common sense.

I used to steeplechase and loved racing horses in the wide-open, when there was wide-open! I personally have always loved gentle, laid back horses for recreational riding.  I am also passionate about Palominos!

I am going over a few breeds of horses for my readers to become familiar with.  There are so many wonderful sites online to give you much more detailed information and help those who want a horse, to make the right choices.


The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word  thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the  Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered a “hot-blooded” horse, known for their agility, speed  and spirit.

The Thoroughbred as it is known today was first developed in 17th and 18th century England, when native  mares were crossbred with imported Arabian stallions. All modern Thoroughbreds can trace their  pedigrees to three stallions originally imported into England in the 17th century and 18th century, and to  74 foundation mares of English and Oriental (Arabian, Turkoman or Barb) blood. During the 18th century  and 19th century, the breed spread; they were imported into North  America starting in 1730 and into Australia, Europe, Japan and South America during the 19th century.

Thoroughbreds are used mainly for racing, but are also for riding disciplines, such as show  jumping, combined training, dressage, polo, and fox hunting. They are also commonly cross-bred with  other breeds creating  important breeds, such as the Quarter Horse, the Standard-bred, the Anglo-Arabian, and various  warm-blood breeds.


The Morgan is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States.  The breed excels in many  disciplines, and is known for its versatility.

The Morgan horse is compact and refined in build, with strong limbs, an expressive face, large eyes,  well-defined withers, laid back shoulders and a well arched neck and a clean cut head. There is officially  one Breed Standard for Morgan type regardless of the discipline or bloodline of the individual horse.

Registered Morgans come in a variety of colors although they are most commonly bay, black, and  chestnut.

The breed standard ranges from 14.1-15.2 hands (1.45 to 1.57 meters) with some individuals over and  under. Morgans under 14.2 are eligible for registration with the National Morgan Pony Registry and can  be shown in open “Pony” competitions, even though they are technically horses, regardless of height, and  are usually exhibited as such.

All Morgans trace back to a single foundation sire, a stallion named Figure, who was born in West  Springfield, Massachusetts in 1789. He was at one time owned by a man named Justin Morgan. The  horse later came to be identified by the name of this particular owner, and “the Justin Morgan horse” also  gave its name to the breed. Figure died in 1821 at the age of 32 and is buried in Tunbridge, Vermont.


Palomino is a coat color in horses, consisting of a gold coat and white mane and tail. Genetically, the  palomino color is created by a single allele of a dilution gene called the cream gene working on a “red”  (chestnut) base coat. However, most color breed registries that record palomino horses were founded  before equine coat color genetics  were understood as well as they are today, and hence the standard  definition of a palomino is based on the coat color visible to the eye, not the underlying presence of the  dilution gene.

Due to their unusual color, palominos stand out in a show ring, and are much sought after as parade  horses. They were particularly popular in movies and television during the 1940s and 1950s. One of the  most famous palomino horses was Trigger, known as “the smartest horse in movies,” the faithful mount of  the Hollywood Cowboy star Roy Rogers. Another famous palomino was Mr. Ed (real name Bamboo  Harvester) who starred on his own TV show in the 1960s.

Quarter Horses:

The American Quarter Horse is a breed of horse  that excels at sprinting short distances. Its  name came from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less; some  individuals have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph (88.5 km/h). The American Quarter Horse is the  most popular breed in the United States today, and the American Quarter Horse Association is the  largest breed registry in the world, with more than 4 million American Quarter Horses registered.

The American Quarter Horse is well known both as a race horse and for its performance in rodeos, horse  shows and as a working ranch horse. The compact body of the American Quarter Horse is well-suited to  the intricate and speedy maneuvers required in reining, cutting, working cow horse, barrel racing, calf  roping, and other western riding events, especially those involving live cattle.

A friend of mine, owned a wonderful horse that passed away.  We do grow very strong bonds with our pets and that also includes horses.

In Memory of Cay

Cay’s Story:

We got Cay after Tex. Tex was only 2.5 years old and very active. Both of his parents were raced before they retired and had earned over $5 million in purses.

We bought Cay when he was 4.5 years old.  He had been a cattle horse in Texas.  He was very gentle and would do anything you asked of him.  He would curl his lips like “Mr Ed” for carrots! Very Funny!  Not being a true horse person, Cay was gentle enough for me to ride and be around, unlike Tex. Tex knows I’m not a horse person and would like to push his weight around and he likes to bite me for no reason!

Tex and Cay’s areas had to be divided because Tex would bug Cay.  I’d go up there and always side with Cay.  He would follow behind me like a puppy and when I’d stop, he’ come up a rest his chin on my shoulder.  I really do miss him.
– Rusty McMillen

For further Research on horses and buying the best breed for you, I have added a few links below.  I also wish to acknowledge Wikipedia for valuable information.

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