Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Preparing a mare for stud

Horse breeding is popular in many places. I'm going to tell you in this post how to prepare a mare for stud.
Make sure that your mare will come into heat at the right time and that there will be no problem. When you send your mare to stud, she may not like the stallion, which is one thing to consider. Mares have to decide if they like the stallion, or if they don't like the stallion. If they like the stallion, they will nicker to him and maybe nudge him, blowing softly through their nostrils.
If the mare doesn't like him, she may lay her ears back and bare her teeth. She might kick. This is a sign that she doesn't like him. Make sure that the stud you choose is calm and nice around mares. Some stallions will bite or kick a mare, or act badly around it.
Make sure that the breeding facilites you choose are good, with big box stalls to keep the mares in, good pasture and grass, and a good feeding plan.

To prepare the mare for stud, get the vet to check her. Trim her feet and take the shoes of her back legs. Wrap her legs and hooves with bandages to pretect the stallion if the mare kicks. Rub her down and clean her, bandage her tail so it doesn't get in the way.

At the stud, the mare will again have a vet check and be rubbed down and groomed. The stallion will be introduced to her, and will breed her. After the breeding, she will probably be put in a stall that will be well boxed in and big, and the breeding managers will need to have a good feeding plan for her.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Man 'O' War

Man 'O' War was is considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time. During his career just after World War 1, he won 20 out of 21 races and 249, 465 in purses. By the pominent sire of Fair Play, out of the mare Mahubah, Man 'O' War was owned and bred by August Belmont, Jr. (1851-1924), who's father's accomplishments were recognized through the naming of the Belmont Stakes.
Belmont Jr. joined the United States Army at age 65 to serve in France during World War 1. While he was overseas, his wife named a new foal "Man 'O' War" in honor of her husband. However, the Belmonts decided to liquidate their racing stable. At the Saratoga yearling sale in 1918, Man 'O' War was sold at a final bid of 5,oo to Samuel D. Riddle who brought him to his Glen Riddle Farm near Berlin, Maryland.
The underbidder at the auction was believed to be Robert L. Gerry, Sr. Above is Man 'O' War. He was a reddish dark brown horse.

A painting of Man 'O' War. (Above and below.)

As a two year old
Trained by Louis Fuestel and ridden by Johnny Loftus, Man 'O' War made an impressive racing debut on June 6, 1919, winning by six lengths. Three weeks later he won the Keene Memorial Stakes.
In the early 1900s, there were no starting gates. Jockeys circled around and then gathered their horses in a line behind a flimsy piece of webbing known as the barrier and were sent away when it was raised. In Man 'O' Wars only loss, the Sanford Memorial Stakes, he still was circling with his back to the starting line when the barrier was raised (though some accounts give other reasons). After the jockey got Man 'O' War turned around, he already was far behind the pack.
In frustration, Johnny Loftus, the jockey, made major errors. Three times he put Man 'O' War in bad positions, getting boxed in by other horses.
Despite this, he came close to winning, losing by half a length as Man 'O' War charged across the finish line, going much faster than any other horse on the track, and ultimately finishing second. The winner was Upset, whose name is sometimes erreneously thought to have popularized a new phrase in sports ("upset" meaning an upstart beating the favorite) Man 'O' War finished his two year old campagne with nine wins from ten starts.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

English riding style

Below is an English riding saddle. Notice that there is no horn, nor anything you can really hang on to. The stirrups are sometimes taken off the saddle, but when left they are usually very long.
The English riding style. Below, a lady rides English. English riding is a very popular riding style. Racing, showing, jumping, sometimes pleasure, and many other things are used with an English saddle. The saddle is very small and weighs very little, and the stirrups can be taken off the saddle.

western style riding

Above is a person riding western style.
Above is a western saddle. As you can see, it has a broader seat than that of the English. It has a horn that you can tie a rope around if you like, and the saddle pad on a western saddle isn't attached like that of the English saddle.

Western style riding can be used for jumping, like English, but is better for trail riding, rodeo, rounding up animals such as cows, and pleasure riding.
You can show with western, just like you can with English. There are halter classes in western, and cow roping contests. There are also many others.
At Claudia's house, I ride western. I ride in a small black saddle on her gray fifteen year old Quarter horse gelding, Shiloh.
Sometimes I ride Rio, her bay gelding. And sometimes I ride Johnny Rebel, her paint gelding.

how to lead a horse

Leading a horse is very easy.
Walk in front of your horse. Pretend that there's a circle around you that's your personal space. If the horse steps into that circle, make him get out of your personal space. Do this by walking toward him, saying "back," and hitting the horse's knees with the lead rope.
You want the horse to go wherever you go. Walk in front of him. Let him follow on a loose lead.
Back him up again. Walk toward him and say "back," then shake the lead rope and hit his knees with it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

horse habits: kicking

Horses have some bad habits. Although they are usually very gentle and sweet, some horses kick out of habit. This isn't usual. Older horses don't tend to kick as much as younger horses.

When a horse kicks, it's usually either because it feels threatened. If you approach a horse from behind it, laying a hand on it's rump, it may be startled. This will scare the horse, for it might not be able to see you. Although a horse's eyes are on the sides of it's head, a horse cannot see directly behind its tail. If you approach from behind its tail and lay a hand on its rump, the horse won't be able to see you. It may startle and jump a little, and a younger horse may kick.
If you're standing where you're standing about maybe three feet away from the horse's tail when it kicks, you could be seriously injured.
This is because the horse can kick out more and get you (usually it'll kick your leg), but if you're up next to the horse and you can brush against its tail, the horse can't kick as farther and hurt you more.
To stop a horse from kicking, take him into a round pen or paddock and free lunge him. First, get a whip and keep it low to the ground. As your horse circles at a walk, trot, or canter, lower your eyes to his rump.
The horse will stop and approach you. Never look the horse in the eye. Just wave your arms or yell and the horse will take off again. Keep doing this, and finally let the horse approach. This usually teaches the horse not to kick.
If possible, start from the earliest age you can. Start teaching a foal or young horse good manners. They will learn to do this, and when they're older, they won't have many bad manners.
Just my advice,

bad horse habbits: biting

Horses are beautiful, smart, and gentle animals. But they tend to have bad habits.

Biting is one habit that needs to be fixed immediately. If a horse is nippy, it may be because you feed it treats. Feeding it hand treats encourages the horse to nip at your hands to get the treat. If he does nip or try to bite you, you'll need to hit him on the nose and push his face away. This won't hurt him, it'll only tell him not to do this.
Horses can bite for different reasons. A playful, young horse might just try to nip you to be playful or to get your attention. An older horse that bites or nips might mean it's aggressive, or it might just be nipping because you have a treat.
If your horse continues to nip, despite you smacking him on the nose and pushing him away, you'll need to stop giving him hand treats. Or you can ask someone more experienced.
Just my advice,

bad horse habbits: biting

Friday, May 7, 2010

This stallion is for sale. He's $600 dollars. What I'd like to name is Prince. He looks sooo handsome!!! Color: palomino
breed: Welsh Mountain Pony
sex: stallion
Birth date: April 14,2004
height: 11.1 hh
Weight: 400. 0 lbs
Registry: Canada & USA
Reg. #: A-10279
Markings: W/Chrome

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Going to Claudia's house

Claudia is a good friend, and yesterday we went to her house. Look in the post, "My horsey friends," to see more about Claudia. Claudia saddled Shilo and let me ride him. It felt good to be back in the saddle again after about a year, and Shilo listened to all my commands. Claudia taught me how to stop the horse by saying, "Whoa," and if the horse didn't stop I'd pull back on the reins. She told me about making a horse go, and how to twist my body in the direction I want to go so Shilo knows. Ethan and Oliver got to ride too, but Trevor didn't want to. Rio and Johny were beautiful (and Shilo was too) and they were friendly (Shilo was too). Shilo's saddle was a good size, and I got to help groom him before riding. Thank you, Claudia, for letting me ride.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Tovero mare. She has blue eyes, a "Shield" of black on her face, and a white mane and tail. Most of her body is white except the face, right back leg, and flank and a little on her lower rump.

Colors of the horse: pinto

This is a pinto coloring. Piebald is the pattern for this horse. Piebald is black and white.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Colors of the horse: Brindle

This is a Brindle coat color. It is a chestnut brindle.

Information about the Malapolski horse

This, the Malopolski horse, is a rare breed and is smart and beautiful.

Information about Lusitano horse

These, my friends, are Lusitano horses. The picture below is a chestnut mare, below that is a dapple gray Lusitano stallion, below that is another Lusitano horse, below that is a Lusitano foal. The Lusitano horse is athletic and beautiful. They make good friends and are easy to handle.

This is the Latvian horse. I'm sure you'll find it interesting. It is a beautiful, sweet horse and is very intelligent.


Hi! I'm Isabelle Madison Adler. I'm the one who has this horsey blog and am glad you could come see it. There are tons of different horse breeds and information about them and other things that I'm sure you'd like. Come visit any time!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Information about the Kinsky horse

This, the Kinsky horse, is a beautiful breed and is kind and sweet.

Information about Kathiawari

Check out this breed! The tips of its ears actually touch! This, my friends, is the Kathliawari breed. I'm sure you'll find it amazing and interesting to learn about. It is a popular sport horse and is also a great children's horse.

Information about the Karabakh horse

The Karabakh horse is a beautiful breed, smart and sweet.

Colors of the horse: Isabelline

My favorite color of horse, Isabelline! It's like silver, with a white mane and tail.

Colors of the horse: Cremello

This coloring is called Cremello. It is a light palomino with a cream or white mane and tail and a pink muzzle.

Colors of the horse: palomino

This a palomino horse coloring. The palomino has a cream or white mane and tail with white markings and a beautiful golden coat. Baby palomino horses are usually born white, and darken into palomino when they get older. A palomino horse is usually a Quarter horse, or sometimes a Thoroughbred.

Colors of the horse: Buckskin

This is a buckskin horse. Buckskin is like an orange color with black "points."

Colors of the horse: Cream gene

Cream gene is like a palomino color, with a light mane and tail and white markings.

Colors of the horse: Champagne

This coloring of horse is Champagne. This is like a dun color, usually with black "points" and white markings are also allowed.

Colors of the horse: chestnut

This is a reddish chestnut color with the same color mane and tail and white markings. Red chestnut horses are often called, "Sorrel."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Information about the Jutland horse

The Jutland Horse is a huge draft horse. It is used for pulling carriages and hauling wood and other heavy things.

Information about the Hanoverian horse

These pictures are of Hanoverian Horses. The Hanoverian horse is a popular sport horse, usually bay, or black in color, the Hanoverian horse is a master at dressage, and is also great at jumping, showing, and eventing. It is athletic and beautiful.
Hanoverians are from Germany. They are popular eventing (cross-country jumping, dressage, stadium jumping) horses. All pure Hanoverians have an identifying "H" brand tattoed usually on their hip. They stand 15 to 16.3 hands high. Today they are of show type (tall, sleek, with flashy gaits).

Information about the Furioso-North Star Horse

This is the Furioso-North Star Horse. It is usually dark bay, black, or chestnut in color. The Furioso-North Star Horse always has a star, and is a popular sport horse. This is a rare breed, and isn't usually seen.

Information about the Fresian Sport Horse

This is a Fresian Sport horse. It is a cross between a Fresian, and a Sport Horse. It is a very good dressage horse and event horse. Many people love the Fresian Sport Horse's easy going gait and personality.

Information about the French Trotter Horse

This is the French Trotter Horse. It is used for showing and eventing and is a popular sport horse. Usually dark bay, brown, or black, the French Trotter is an expert at driving. People love the French Trotter's grace and beauty, and love its smooth gait too.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Information about Norwegian Fjord

This is the pony, the Norwegian Fjord. This pony is like small draft horse, used for pulling heavy things and for riding. They are very good dressage ponies, and are sweet and great for children. They have a mane that's standing up and a short tail with a big head and short legs.

Information about the Dutch Heavy Draft horse

This is the Dutch Heavy Draft Horse. It's a huge, shaggy kind. They are usually bay, sometimes black, and brown (below.) They are good show horses, and are sweet and loving.

Information about the Russian Don horse

This is the Russian Don horse. It is a very light breed with a tiny, detailed head and small but strong hindquarters and slopping shoulders. It has a short strong neck and thin, powerful and strong legs. These horses are usually chestnut, bay, or white.

Information about the Dole Gudbrandsal horse

This is the Dole Gudbrandsdal horse. It's a very rare breed, and is a small draft horse.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Information about the Criollo horse

This is the Criollo horse. It is a very rare, but beautiful breed. The picture below shows a Criollo horse that is in a rescue center.

Information about the Costa Rice Saddle Horse

This is the Costa Rica Saddle horse is a beautiful breed that is a very good riding horse. It has a smooth, comfortable gait and is a good friend.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Information about the Camargue horse

This is the Camargue horse. These horses are always white, they usually have tiny gray spots on them.

Information about the Calabrese horse

This is the Calabrese horse. These are gentle, beautiful horses standing 16 to 16.2 hands high. (A hand is four inches).

Monday, March 29, 2010

Information about the Budyonny

This is the Budyonny horse. I like the colors of it. It's a very beautiful horse, sweet and gentle, and is great at doing event and show things.

Information about the Breton horse

This breed of horse is the Breton horse. It's a very big draft breed, and is used for pulling carriages, plowing fields, and for halling heavy things.

Information about the Brazilian Sport Horse

This is the Brazilian Sport Horse. This breed of horse is used for sports such as show jumping and racing. It's a very fast horse, and is great for events and sports.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Information about the Brandenburger horse

The Brandenburger horse is a beautiful breed. Very rare, but beautiful, it's often used to pull carriages (see picture below).

Information about the Brabant horse

The Brabant horse is huge. Its HUGE feet and enormous sized hooves make it a very tall breed. It has a small, very beautiful little head with a short strong neck. Its mane is heavy and its tail is often cut short. It's a very sweet, friendly breed.

Information about the Boulonnais horse

This is the Boulonnais horse. This is a rare breed, but, still, it's a very beautiful one.

Information about the Bavarian Warmblood horse

This is the Bavarian Warmblood horse. These horses are beautiful, athletic, and friendly.

Information about the Blazer horse

This is the Blazer horse. I'm not sure why it's called that, but it's probably because it usually has a blaze and it's fast!