Percheron Horses

From the ancient war times to the use as a draft horse to the present, Percherons have been around for a long time dating back to ancient times in history. There strong in stature, making them great for farm work and heavy loads.

Percherons are normally grey or black in color, while roans or bays are sometimes found. The grey Percherons are usually born black and dapple out over time to the point when there almost white (usually by age 12). Percherons stand between 16-18 hands tall weighing 1700-2200lbs. While they are strong and muscular, they are elegant and swift in their walk. Due to their Arabian influence, they have a refined head and delicate eyes and ears.

Percherons are still used as farm and work horses, along with the use as show horses, carriage rides, and family horses. They are a very versatile breed, shining in most they do.

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Palomino Horses

The Palomino’s history and where it originated will never truly be known, but they have been around since ancient war times. Many feel that the Palomino has always been considered a color breed and not a breed in itself. Sure, it is true that the color Palomino comes in all breeds, but the Palomino of the Spanish times (the Golden Dorado) is as close to a breed as any other. Now, it is strictly a color breed.

The average Palomino stands about 15.2-16 hands tall, with a muscular body with strong features. They can vary in their coloring in all shades of golden, similar to a bucksin with their mottled skin.

The Palomino is a multi-purpose horse as well as many other horses. Palomino’s are admired not only for their beauty, but for their endurance and versatility in all they do.  They are great for ranching, trails, rodeos, performance/entertainment, and also an all around family horse. The famous equine movie star Mr. Ed was a Palomino, as well as Trigger and Trigger, Jr.

Paint Horses

The origin of the Paint horse can be traced back to the two toned horses that were introduced by the Spanish explorers. These horses then were introduced to the wild herds that roamed the wild west.  Both native americans and cowboys sought after this hardy breed full of color.

Just like any other breed, their conformation improved as the years passed to make these horses a famous breed.  While the color pattern is essential to the Paint horse breed, there are strict bloodline requirements and a distinctive body type. To be eligible to be registered as a Paint horse, the Paint must come from a stock that is registered with the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, or the Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds).  This develops an intelligent stock type horse that is athletic and powerful with noticeable beauty. They are generally stockier and have more of a muscular body compared to other light horse breeds.

Paints are characterized by their color pattern with a unique combination of white and any one of the following colors: black, bay, brown, chestnut, dun, grulla, sorrel, palomino, gray or roan. While characterizing Paints according to their light or dark color pattern, the terms “paint” and “pinto” are often confused. Pinto is a color breed so it can be any breed, not only Paints. A horse could be double registered if their colors are noticeable enough, but the two shouldn’t be confused.

There are two color patterns that are used when distinguishing Paint horses for breeding and registration purposes.                        

Tobiano:  It is distinguished by head patterns as those of a solid colored horse; they may be solid, or have a blaze, strip, star, or snip. Their legs are generally white, at least below the hocks and knees. They have regular spots that are oval or round that extend down the neck and chest giving the appearance of a shield. Tobiano’s can be predominantly dark or white, but the tail is generally two colors.

Overo: They can also be predominantly dark or white, but typically the white of an Overo will not cross the back between the withers and tail. One or all four legs will be dark, while they have bold white head markings such as a bald face. They have generally irregular markings with a solid color tail. Not all horses fit in these two categories, so the APHA introduced the Tovero pattern when horses display patterns of both.

Paints are great family horses, as well as great performers. They perform just as well in the ring, as they do on trails and on the ranch.

Morgan Horses

In 1789, the sire of the Morgan breed was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. The owner of the colt, Justin Morgan, gave him the name of Figure. It is said that Figure was sired by True Briton and his dam was of the Wild-air breed, although the true history of his upbringing is unknown. True Briton was widely respected for his excellence and known as a sire of horses of great quality. As Figure grew up to his potential, his compact muscular body and stylish way of moving impressed the pioneer settlers and farmers. His ability to perform better than the other horses was legendary.

The Morgan breed today differs only slightly from their sire. The average height of a Morgan is 14.2-15.2 hands, while some are slightly over or under. Morgan’s are primarily chestnut, bay or brown. Although, some are black, palomino, buckskin, or gray. This breed is known for its great courage, disposition, and substance. All across the nation, you can see Morgans with the same great appearance.

The Morgan is a hard-working horse that performs just as well in the show ring as it does on the farm. Their beauty and intelligence impresses so many. Morgans are family friendly and great companions. The Morgan is a great breed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haflinger Horses

The Haflinger descends from a race of mountain ponies that grazed the Alps for years. Austrian farmers had bred them for years, but then the Austrian government took over after World War I. Now, Haflingers are one of the most selective breeds in Europe. Haflingers came to the US back in the 1960’s and now are popular all across the nation.

The Haflinger is tempting to call a pony and not a horse due to its height. The Haflinger usually stands between 13 and 15 hands high; although short in stance, this horse is built for power and hard work. The Haflinger has Arabian in its blood, so their characteristics are sometimes similar. Haflinger’s appear to be elegant and harmonious with delicate, yet strong features to be distinguishable from other breeds. They have strong  muscles and expressible features. Haflingers are all shades of Chestnut in colors from light to dark, their manes are generally very light in color.

Haflingers are hard-working horses always ready to perform. Haflingers are characterized into two types. The heavier draft type is used for work on the farm and draft competitions. The Haflinger used for pleasure purposes is a great driving horse, jumper, and serious dressage mount. Overall, Haflingers are great for anyone.

Haflingers are known to be mild-tempered and easy to get along with. They are willing to work and will always get the job done. Like any other horse, they have to be worked with but turn out to be good companions and performers.

Friesian Horses

The Friesian is one of the oldest domesticated breeds from Europe, native to the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands. The number of this breed went drastically down prior to World War I, but the breed rejuvenated by introducing Oldenburg blood into the bloodline. Now the Friesian attracts great attention and its future is sure to be a bright one.

One of the most outstanding and known characteristics of a Friesian is its very long mane and tail. Their mane and tails are never cut and a lot of times touch the ground. They have long fetlock hair in addition to their long mane and tail. A true Friesian is black with only a white star on the forehead being acceptable. Other colorings are found, but considered undesirable in breeding horses. The head of the Friesian is carried quite high, and their face is expressive and distinctive. Their legs are muscular yet smooth. Generally, they stand around 15 to 16 hands in height with great disposition. 

Friesians are most commonly known as driving horses, but they are often rode as well. They are very popular in the show ring as dressage horses, truly a beautiful sight to see in the ring. Although the Friesian isn’t bred as a jumping horse, some like to do so. Friesians seem to be physically successful in whatever they are used for. The Friesian is an all-around horse. They are beautiful enough to show off in the ring yet they are still great horses to have at home to use as pleasure horses. Friesians generally have mild temperament, but like any horse they have to be worked with. They are tractable and sensible, yet lively.

 

 

Clydesdale Horses

The Clydesdale is known for being a heavy draft horse. Clydesdale’s originated in Scotland where the farmers of Lanarkshire discovered this breed. They were bred to meet agricultural needs of farmers, along with commerce for the coal fields and general heavy haulage. The reputation of  this breed soon spread across the world. Clydesdale’s are characterized by their broad foreheads, a flat profile, large nostrils, clear eyes, a well-arched neck, muscular body, wide set hooves,  and of course their large stature. The overall impression of a Clydesdale is not to be seen as grossly large, but seen for the quality and weight of their stature.  The height of a Clydesdale usually ranges from 16.2 to 18.2 hands with weight ranging from 1600 to over 1800 pounds. However, the world’s tallest Clydesdale at this time stands 20.2 hands tall (6’10).

Clydesdale’s are most commonly bay in their coloring, while others can be black, brown, and chestnut. Sometimes they are roan in their coloring which means there are white hairs throughout their solid coat. Clydesdale’s are generally known and preferred to have four socks to the knees and hocks and a well-defined blaze or bald face. Even though this appearance is preferred, it doesn’t mean Clydesdale’s that don’t have these markings are discriminated.

The Clydesdale is a very active horse with a mild temperament. They are rather intelligent and gentle hearted. Clydesdale’s are generally used for work horses, while some are used for showing and pleasure purposes.