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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.

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 Hardy Mustang

The Mustang is a wild horse with a free spirit.  It is wild and for the most part ugly.

The Mustangs are thought to be descened from the Spanish horses that Cortés brought to the new world.  Through years of inbreeding and harsh weather and treatment, the Mustang became a stunted, little, for the most part, drab horse.  The North American Indians caught many of the wild horses and tamed them.  Since, the Indians wanted swift horses, they tried to improve the breed with some success.

In the 1800’s, ranchers, who also wanted better horses, shot the dominant stallions in the mustang herds and replaced them with better quality animals.  This experiment had little success though.

Then in the 1900’s people started capturing and selling Mustangs for food and the army.  Slaughtering them became normal.  Then a courageous woman nicknamed “Wild Horse Annie” started fighting for the Mustangs.  She succeeded, and an act called ‘The Free-Roaming Horse and Burro act of1971″ was passed protecting all wild horses.

Today, most Mustangs still roam in their natural habitat.

The Nevada quarter featuring the Mustang.

 

A Mustang herd