Tag Archive | wild horse

Last of the Wild Horses Book Review

Sorry that there’s no picture available.  Last of the Wild Horses is a great read for any horse lover.  It sketches the wild horse and goes from the Sable Island ponies to the wild mustang of North America.  With full color photos and informative interesting text, this book will be a great addition to your library.

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The Spotty Appaloosa

Paintings of horses with spots have gone back as far as Ancient Greece, Persia, and the Chinese Han Dynasty.  The Spanish obtained horses through trading with other European countries.  It has been said that 16 spotted horses were brought to Mexico by Cortez.   When the Appaloosa horse was not popular any more with the courts of Europe, they were shipped off to Mexico and America.  Enter the Nez Perce Indians.  These expert horse breeders took the Appaloosa and carefully bred it to bring out the best in the breed as well as the Appaloosa’s distinctive coloring.  There are many of these horses in the world today.

Here is a chart of the Appaloosa’s coat patterns:

Pattern Description Image
Spots General term that refers to a horse that has white or dark spots over all or a portion of its body. Appaloosa (DSC00229).jpg
Blanket or snowcap A solid white area normally over, but not limited to, the hip area with a contrasting base color. SnowflakeCrop.jpg
Blanket with spots A white blanket which has dark spots within the white. The spots are usually the same color as the horse’s base color. Appaloosa46-2.jpg
Leopard A white horse with dark spots that flow out over the entire body. Considered an extension of a blanket to cover the whole body. Appaloosa stallion.JPG
Few spot leopard A mostly white horse with a bit of color remaining around the flank, neck and head. Shiny fewspot.jpg
Snowflake A horse with white spots, flecks, on a dark body. Typically the white spots increase in number and size as the horse ages. AppaloosaSnowflakes.jpg
Appaloosa, roan, marble
or varnish roan
A distinct version of the leopard complex. Intermixed dark and light hairs with lighter colored area on the forehead, jowls and frontal bones of the face, over the back, loin and hips. Darker areas may appear along the edges of the frontal bones of the face as well and also on the legs, stifle, above the eye, point of the hip and behind the elbow. The dark points over bony areas are called “varnish marks” and distinguish this pattern from a traditional roan. Flurrie 3.jpg
Mottled A fewspot leopard that is completely white with only mottled skin showing. Appyfoal.jpg
Roan blanket or Frost Horses with roaning over the croup and hips. The blanket normally occurs over, but is not limited to, the hip area. Standing Apaloosa.jpg
Roan blanket with spots A horse with a roan blanket that has white and/or dark spots within the roan area. LeopardHorse.jpg

This was such an excellent chart I just had to have it.  I got it from Wikipedia.

Herd Your Horses!

Yesterday, I talked about a virtual horse game.  Today, I’ll talk about a horse board game.  Herd your Horses is a game that actually can be played multiple ways.  In one game, you are a wild lead mare trying to bring your herd to safety.  In the other two, you pretend you are a rancher with horses to protect in different ways.  There are also some games for single players.  Includes beautiful cards with horses painted on them and some information about the different breeds.

The Brumby

I think the Brumby is not one of the best horse breeds.  They are wild, ugly, and they feed on the food meant for cows and other domesticated animals.

Brumbies live in Australia and are seen as pests.  Nevertheless they have their uses; scientists use them to the determine what the hard terrain of Australia does to horses hooves and their eating habits.

Brumbies are sold on the European meat market sometimes and greatly improve Australia’s economy.  Brumbies are now also used as saddle horses.

A bay horse (brown body with black mane and tail) wearing a headcollar, standing in a green field with trees in the background

Four thin horses and a foal in a pen fenced with pipe panels, some eating hay

A small group of dark-colored horses standing near a dirt road

Black and white photo of a well-groomed Brumby standing sideways to the camera, wearing a Barcoo bridle but no saddle, set up in a squared-up conformation stance, as if at a horse show.