Archive | March 2011

Lots of Horse Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a post devoted to horse photos because several people have asked specifically for lots of horse pics.  Have fun looking at all of them!

ARABIAN HORSES

PINTO HORSES

MORGAN HORSES

 

 

 

 

 

DRAFT HORSES

 

 

 

 

 

WILD HORSES

 

 

 

 

QUARTER HORSES

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry that the pictures are a bit mixed up. 

Hello Again!!!

Hello Everbody!!!  I’m glad to be back!  I was unavoidably delayed this week so that’s why I haven’t done any new posts OR done any “horse facts of the week.”   I’ll be back right on Monday, bright and early, to do a new post!  This post will be special!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂  I will be on a day trip on Saturday so I won’t be able to post then, sorry. 😦

*Start Here* (Highlight this Sentence to find out that I’m going to do a post about ho…….Oooopppssss!!!!!  I almost gave it away!!!!!  I guess you’ll have to wait till Monday to find out.)  *Stop Here*

The Flashy Pinto

The Pinto (or Paint) horse is one of the most eye-catching horses.

The Pinto was used by the Indians many times because they were swift, beautiful, and courageous.  Evidence has also been found that these were the horses the Conquistadors when they came to America.  Nowadays Pinto horses are bred almost exclusively in the United States of America.

Pinto horses have three basic coat colors .  Piebald – any pinto pattern on a black base, Skewbald – any pinto pattern on an other-than-white-base, and Tricolored – a pinto with one color base and two un-base colors.

These are the coat patterns – I copied this from Wikepedia because it was to much to type for me.

  • Tobiano: The most common type of pinto, tobiano is a spotting pattern characterized by rounded markings with white legs and white across the back between the withers and the dock of the tail, usually arranged in a roughly vertical pattern and more white than dark, though the ideal is a 50-50 distribution, with the head usually dark and with markings like that of a normal horse. i.e. star, snip, strip, or blaze. Tobiano is a simple dominant trait caused by a single gene. All tobiano horses have at least one tobiano parent.  A DNA test exists for tobiano. Tobiano is not associated with any health concerns.
  • Overo: A collective term used primarily by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), overo essentially means “pinto, but not tobiano.” It is used to describe frame, splashed white or sabino patterns, described below. These patterns are characterized by irregular markings with a horizontal orientation. The white rarely crosses the back, and the lower legs are normally dark. While most currently-identified overo patterns appear to be dominant traits, overo foals (called “cropouts“) are occasionally produced from two apparently solid-colored parents.
  • Frame or frame overo: Frame is a popular and easily recognized type of non-tobiano pinto. This spotting pattern, in the absence of genes for other patterns, is characterized by horizontally-oriented white patches with jagged, crisp edges. White patches typically include the head, face and lateral aspects of the neck and body, and the eyes are often blue. Frame overos may have very modest markings that are not obviously “pinto.” This quality allows the pattern to seemingly “hide” for generations, and is thought to be responsible for some cases of “cropouts.” Frame is an incomplete dominant trait; those without any copies of the “frame gene” (N/N) will not possess this pattern, while those with a single copy (N/O) usually exhibit frame patterning (though sometimes in a very minimal form). However, foals born with two copies (O/O) have lethal white syndrome and die shortly after birth. N/O frame horses do not have any known health defects, but may produce lethal white foals if bred to another N/O horse.
  • Splashed white: An uncommon type of non-tobiano pinto pattern, splashed white coats have horizontally-oriented white markings with crisp, smooth edges and make the horse appear to have been dipped, head lowered, into white paint. The face has significant white markings, and the eyes are usually blue. Most splashed white pintos have normal hearing, but the trait is linked to congenital deafness.
  • Sabino: Sometimes confused with roan or rabicano, sabino horses possess a slight spotting pattern characterized by high white on legs, belly spots, white markings on the face extending past the eyes and/or patches of roaning patterns standing alone or on the edges of white markings. Some forms of the sabino phenotype are thought to be polygenic or a gene complex. However, one form, produced by the sabino-1 (SB1) gene, is a dominant. Horses homozygous for SB-1 are often completely white, but sabino-1 and other sabino patterns are not associated with any health defects. Though genetically unrelated to frame or splash, sabino is classified with the “overo” family of patterns by the APHA. Sabino is not necessarily classified as an overo pattern by other breed registries, particularly those whose horses do not carry the genes for the other two overo patterns.
  • Tovero: The tovero spotting pattern is a mix of tobiano and overo coloration, such as blue eyes on a dark head. Horses can carry multiple spotting genes at the same time, producing characteristics of both patterns.
  • Dominant white: A family of sabino-like white spotting patterns, all dominant white coats are dominantly inherited, analogous to human piebaldism. While some forms are associated with pure white coats and are considered “true white,” not pinto, most actually show great variance in the amount of white. The 11 known forms of dominant white have all occurred spontaneously in the past century from non-white parents. Many forms of white spotting that were called “sabino” by their owners and fanciers are now classified as dominant white. The distinction between sabino and dominant white is unclear, as they are visually similar and involve closely related genes.

 Overall, the Pinto is a flashy horse with a lot of class.

Random Things I Know About Horses

I found this blog about horses.  I really enjoyed it so I hope you do too.  Here is a post from it.

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Horses eat fruit and vegetables. That means they are herbivores. Horses only drink water. Horses eat a lot of things like hay, straw, carrots, apples, grass, and clover. But if they eat too much grass, they might get sick.

I have rode a horse 12 times. I love horses. Do you?

Did you know that horses can be much smaller than YOU?

via Random Things I Know About Horses « CoolHorses.Com.

*Arabian quotes*

These are some quotes from books and other such things I have read.  For more info about Arabian horse visit The Beautiful Arabian, another one of my posts.

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“The Arabian is the horse every besotted little girl draws; he looks like a fairytale.”

                                                                                                 from, Spirit of the Horse

“……….They were small horses, even though their perfect conformation made them look larger.  Their ears were small and delicately pointed, set wide apart as were their eyes.  Their necks were slender and long, flowing nobly into their short wide backs from which floated luxurious tails.  Even at a walk they seemed to soar, their hooves barely touching the ground before they came down again.

                                                                                                from, The Black Stallion Mystery

 

My beautiful! my beautiful! that standest meekly by.
With thy proudly-arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye!
Fret not to roam the desert now with all they winged speed:
I may not mount on thee again – thou’rt sold, my Arab steed!
 

Fret not with that impatient hoof, snuff not the breezy wind,
The farther that thou fliest now, so far am I behind,
The stranger hath thy bridle rein – thy master hath his gold;
Fleet-limbed and beautiful, farewell! – thou’rt sold, my seed, thou’rt sold.
 

Farewell! Those free, untired limbs full many a mile must roam,
To reach the chill and wintry sky which clouds the stranger’s home.
Some other hand, less fond, must now thy corn and bed prepare;
The silky mane I braided once must be another’s care.
 

The morning sun shall dawn again, but never more with thee
Shall I gallop o’er the desert paths, where we were wont to be;
Evening shall darken on the earth and o’er the sandy plain
Some other steed, with slower step, shall bear me home again.
 

Yes, thou must go! The wild, free breeze, the brilliant sun and sky,
Thy master’s home – from all of these my exiled one must fly.
Thy proud dark eye will grow less proud, thy step become less fleet,
And vainly shalt thou arch they neck thy master’s hand to meet.

Only in sleep shall I behold that dark eye glancing bright;
Only in sleep shall I hear again that step so firm and light;
And when I raise my dreaming arm to check or cheer thy speed,
Then must I starting, wake to feel – thou’rt sold, my Arab steed.
 

Ah, rudely then, unseen by me, some cruel hand may chide,
Till foam-wreaths lie, like crested waves, along thy panting side;
And the rich blood that’s in thee swell in they indignant pain,
Till careless eyes, which rest on thee, may count each starting vein.
 

Will they ill-use thee? If I thought – but no, it cannot be.
Thou art so swift, yet easy curbed; so gentil, yet so free;
And yet, if haply, when thou’rt gone, this lonely heart should yearn,
Can the hand that casts thee from it now command thee to return?
 

Return! – Alas my Arab steed! what shall thy master do,
When thou, who wert his all of joy, has vanished from his view?
When the dim distance cheats mine eye, and through the gathering tears
Thy bright form, for a moment, like the false mirage appears?
 

Slow and unmounted shall I roam, with weary step alone,
Where with fleet step and joyous bound thou oft hast borne me on;
And sitting down by that green well, I’ll pause and sadly think,
” ‘Twas here he bowed his glossy neck when last I saw him drink!’ ”
 

When last I saw thee drink! – away! The fevered dream is o’er!
I could not live a day and know that we should meet no more!
They tempted me, my beautiful! for hunger’s power is strong-
They tempted me, my beautiful! but I have loved too long.
 

Who said that I had given thee up? Who said that thou wert sold?
‘Tis false! – ’tis false! my Arab steed! I fling them back their gold!
Thus, thus, I leap upon thy back, and scour the distant plains!
Away! who overtakes us now may claim thee for his pains!

from, An Arab’s Farewell to his Steed

  

In the tents of the Arabs, the mares with their foals, and their masters with their families, dwell together, and the utmost confidence exists between them. The Arabian horse, the most intelligent of the equine family, is easily controlled when kindly treated, and ever ready to show resistance when abused. The Arab fully understands the fact; hence his success in training or educating vicious horses, and teaching them many amusing tricks. In handling colts, perhaps he has no superior on the face of the globe. He shows his love for his horse by frequently caressing him, feeding and cleaning him, he talks and sings to him, is always happy in his company, a mutual feeling of respect and love is prominent in all their acts; herein lies the secret of his success, and not, as many persons suppose, brought about by some mysterious or secret art of charming.”

                                    Unknown        

 

I hope you like all of these quotes.                                  

Comic book and pic…….

My brothers are very creative.  One has done a comic book about a horse and the other one has done a beautiful pic of a horse.

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This is the pic my other brother did of a Quarter horse.  (He traced some of it.)

Noah's Picture of a Quarter Horse.