- Girth (tack)

A girth, sometimes called a cinch (Western riding), is a piece of equipment used to keep the saddle in place on a horse or other animal. It passes under the barrel of the equine, usually attached to the saddle on both sides by two or three leather straps called billets. Girths are used on Australian and English saddles, while western saddles and many pack saddles have a cinch, which is fastened to the saddle by a single wide leather strap on each side, called a latigo. Although a girth is often enough to keep a well-fitting saddle in place, other pieces of equipment are also used in jumping or speed sports such as polo, eventing, show jumping, and fox hunting; or on rough terrain such as trail riding, These include breastplates, overgirths, cruppers, and, on pack saddles, breeching. Studies have shown that, although girths may restrict the movement of the ribcage in the horse, they have no effect on the horse's ability to take in air. Types of Girths Several types of girth are [read more...]

- Uzunyayla

Uzunyayla Country of origin Turkey Horse (Equus ferus caballus) Origin of the Uzunyayla breed dates to 1854 in Turkey. Ancestors of the breed came from the Caucasus, and it is believed that they were of the Kabarda (horse) breed. They were bred pure in Turkey until 1930, when Anadolu pony and Nonius (horse) blood was introduced. The Uzunyayla has a large head with a concave profile; the eyes are small; the neck is of medium length; the withers are well pronounced; the legs are strong with good joints; the pasterns are sloped and very strong; the feet are well shaped and of tough horn. The Uzunyayla is usually bay in colour. Feathering on the legs is coarse, and the tail grows very long. They stand between 14.1 and 15.1 hands high. This breed is very good for riding long distances. Uzunyayla horses have a good gallop but cannot do the rahvan walk like some other Turkish breeds. The normal walking speed is not fast as is seen in the Anadolu breed. They are used as a pack horse, [read more...]

- Kiger Mustang

Kiger Mustang A Kiger Mustang stallion Distinguishing features Some horses are gaited. Every equine color. characteristics: Athletic, strong, agile, good cow sense. Country of origin United States Breed standards Kiger Mestino Association Breed standards Horse (Equus ferus caballus) Kiger Mustang is substrain of Mustang horse located in the southeastern part of U.S. state of Oregon. Originally feral horses with specific conformation traits discovered in 1977, the name also applies to their bred-in-captivity progeny. Discovery was the direct result of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mustang roundups in Beatty's Butte area in Harney County. During the roundup, it was noticed that among those horses collected from the area, there was a group with similar color and markings. DNA testing by the University of Kentucky show close relation to the Spanish horses brought to the Americas in the 17th century. These distinct horses were separated from the other horses and the [read more...]

- Windfall II

Windfall II Breed Trakehner Sire Dam Wundermaedel xx Damsire Sex Stallion Foaled 1992 Country  United States Colour Black Breeder Heinz Lembke Owner Timothy Holekamp Olympic medal record Equestrian Bronze 2004 Athens Team eventing Windfall II is a horse that has competed internationally in the equestrian sport of eventing. Height: 16.3 hh (170cm) Breeding: by Habicht, out of Wundermaedel by Madruzzo xx Riders: Ingrid Klimke, Darren Chiacchia The breeding of Windfall Sire's Side Windfall is registered with the Trakehner Verband, despite only having one grandparent with East Prussian Trakehner bloodlines, his sire's dam "Hallo". Hallo's dam, Handschelle, was part of the elite mare herd at the stud in Trakehnen, and tended to produce heavier-boned offspring. Hallo was therefore bred to a lighter stallion, the Anglo-Arabian Burnus AA. Burnus was ridden by the great Reiner Klimke on the German national team in eventing, before retiring to stand [read more...]

- Dutch Warmblood

Dutch Warmblood Dutch Warmblood stallion performing dressage at the World Cup Distinguishing features Modern warmblood horse suitable for dressage and show jumping. Alternative names Dutch Riding Horse Country of origin Netherlands Common nicknames KWPN, WPN Breed standards Royal Warmblood Horse Studbook of the Netherlands Breed standards Horse (Equus ferus caballus) A Dutch Warmblood is a warmblood type of horse registered with the Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland (Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN), which governs the breeding of competitive dressage and show jumping horses, as well as the show harness horse and Gelderlander, and a hunter studbook in North America. Developed through a breeding program that began in the 1960s, the Dutch are some of the most successful horses developed in postwar Europe. History Prior to World War II, there were two types of utility horse in the Netherlands: Gelderlanders bred in the south under the [read more...]

- Palfrey

A palfrey is a type of horse highly valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed. The word "palfrey" is cognate with the German word for horse (of any type), "Pferd". Both descend from Latin "paraveredus", meaning a post horse or courier horse. The German term for a palfrey, meanwhile, is Zelter, which literally means "ambler" and is cognate with the Icelandic tölt. Breeding The term 'palfrey' usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages, sometimes equalling the knight's destrier in price. Consequently, it was popular with nobles, ladies and highly-ranked knights for riding, hunting and ceremonial use. Gait The significant characteristic of the palfrey was that, rather than trotting, it usually possessed a smooth, ambling gait. The amble was the name given to a group of smooth, four-beat gaits faster than a walk, but slower than a canter or gallop. The trot is a two-beat gait, about 8 mph, suitable for [read more...]

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