- Dr. Peaches

Dr. Peaches was a horse ridden by American Bruce Davidson in the sport of eventing. Foaled: 1976 Sex: Gelding Color: Bay Markings: Star, snip Breed: American Thoroughbred Breeding: by Troubled Area, out of Doc's Last Dollar by Tudorich Rider: Bruce Davidson Dr. Peaches was found as a yearling for Davidson by Robert Tindle. The horse was attacked by a stallion when a foal, which caused him to be nervous round other horses, although he was a very well-tempered horse with a lot of character. However, Davidson created a partnership and the pair had an outstanding career. Dr. Peaches was ranked number 6 on the list of Top Ten All American High Point Event Horses of the Century. He also won the Rolex Kentucky Three Day a record three times (now tied with Winsome Andante): in 1984, 1988, and 1989. In his 1984 run, the gelding completed cross country with the second fastest time, only one second slower than Davidson's other mount, Beacon Charm. He was also within the optimum time in [read more...]

- Horses in the Middle Ages

Horses in the Middle Ages differed in size, build and breed from the modern horse, and were, on average, smaller. They were also more central to society than their modern counterparts, being essential for war, agriculture, and transport. Consequently, specific types of horse developed, many of which have no modern equivalent. While an understanding of modern horse breeds and equestrianism is vital for any analysis of the medieval horse, researchers also need to consider documentary (both written and pictorial) and archeological evidence. Horses in the Middle Ages were rarely differentiated by breed, but rather by use. This led them to be described, for example, as "chargers" (war horses), "palfreys" (riding horses), cart horses or packhorses. Reference is also given to their place of origin, such as "Spanish horses," but whether this referred to one breed or several is unknown. Another difficulty arising during any study of medieval documents or literature is the flexibility of the [read more...]

- Vlaamperd

Vlaamperd Country of origin South Africa Horse (Equus ferus caballus) The Vlaamperd, SA Vlamperd or Vlamperd is a very rare horse breed developed in the Western Cape region of South Africa. It was a cross between the Friesian, Thoroughbred, Hackney, Cape Harness horse, and assorted heavy warmblood breeds on smaller Cape horses. In the Afrikaans language, "Vlaamperd" literally translates as "Flemish horse," in reference to its roots in the Friesian breeding of Belgium and the Netherlands. The stallions are always black, though mares may be dark brown. They are used for both riding and work in harness. History In 1820, Lord Charles Somerset imported several Arabian and Thoroughbred stallions to South Africa. These stallions were crossed with local mares. The result was a riding horse originally called the Hantam horse or Cape Horse. In the early 1900s, Friesian stallions were imported to South Africa and crossed on the Hantam mares. In addition, a few East Friesian, Hackney, [read more...]

- Rein

Reins are items of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding or driving. Reins can be made of leather, nylon, metal, or other materials, and attach to a bridle via either its bit or its noseband. Use for riding Main article: riding aids Reins are used to give subtle commands or cues, also known as rein aids. Various commands may signal a turn, ask for a slower speed, request a halt or rein back. Rein aids are used along with leg aids, shifting of body weight, and sometimes voice commands. Harness reins On some types of harnesses there might be supporting rings or "terrets" used to carry the reins over the animal's back. When pairs of equines are used in drawing a wagon or coach it is usual for the outer side of each pair to be connected to the reins and for the inside of the bits to be connected between the pair of horses by a short bridging strap or rope. The driver carries "four-in-hand" or "six-in-hand" being the number of reins connecting to the [read more...]

- Calabrese horse

Calabrese Country of origin Italy Horse (Equus ferus caballus) The Calabrese is a breed of horse originating from Italy, generally used for riding. They were developed from horses bred in Italy before the founding of Rome, and the breed has continued to be developed to the present day through infusions of Arabian, Andalusian and Thoroughbred blood. Characteristics The Calabrese generally stands 16 to 16.2 hands high, and can be bay, brown, black, gray or chestnut. They have a refined head with a straight or slightly convex profile, a well-shaped, muscular neck, prominent withers, long, sloping shoulders, and a broad, deep chest. The back is straight and the croup muscular and sloping. The legs are muscular with strong tendons and well-formed hooves. The breed is used as a general purpose riding horse. They are generally active and energetic, while still manageable in temperament. History The Calabrese takes its name from the Calabria region of southern Italy, where it was [read more...]

- Soviet Heavy Draft

Soviet Heavy Draft Country of origin Soviet Union (Russia) Horse (Equus ferus caballus) The Soviet Heavy Draft is a breed of draft horse, originating in Russia at the end of the 19th century. The modern breed became established by the 1940s. History The need for a strong but relatively fast draft horse breed was recognized in Russia during the latter part of the 19th century. An extensive breeding zone, encompassing Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Gorki, Penza, Ryazan, Tula, Tambov, Voronezh and Oryol regions and Mordovia, and breeding success was ensured through a stable supply of fodder. The initial breeding took place at the Khrenov stud, and from there expanded to the Pochinkozsk stud. The breed was created by crossing native mares with imported Belgian stallions. The native mares were a mix of Percheron, Ardennes, Suffolk Punch, Danish and various saddle horse breeds. By 1936, during the Soviet era, three state breeding centres were established: Pochinkovsk, Mordovian and [read more...]

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