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I have been training horses for more than 45 years and I have yet
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affection, trust and respect I get from the horses has NEVER been
duplicated by anyone else (except my dog). Nothing is more beautiful than
a horse for grace and athleticism. No matter the breed, size or color,
horses give their best when they understand what you're asking. If you
can communicate with a horse you can communicate with almost anyone. I've
watched people change and become happier, better adjusted and healthier
from their exposure to horses. This phenomena is displayed in the
increasing number of "handicapped" programs and prisons using horses. No
matter what your religious belief horses are one of nature's greatest
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Horse and Pony Times: ABOUT HORSES
Featured Expert Article:
by Don Blazer
If we seek perfect horsemanship, then we must seek knowledge.
In seeking knowledge we often discover what we know is incomplete, and being incomplete is frequently not the truth.
Example: a horseman thought by many to be knowledgeable defines a snaffle bit as "a bit with a jointed mouthpiece."
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manageable. Makes a great gift for that hard-to-please horse enthusiast.
Be sure to check out our equine resource center, including our database of horse breeds (includes pictures
and links to breeders) and articles by
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horseandponytimes.com is searching for horse experts to write
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revenue. Share your equine know-how.
CALLING ALL HORSES!
Do you have a great picture of your horse or horses, pony,
mule, or other equine? Watch this space for our upcoming
horse photo contest.
EQUINE RESOURCES:Riding on the Road
by Jan Dawson
President, American Association for Horsemanship Safety
With spring comes the desire to ride out. Not just out, but out and down the road. How safe is it? At a recent conference we did at the Vermont Law School, the subject of road safety came up and without exception all were concerned, not with the basic rules of the road, but instead with the behavior of drivers which seems to get worse every year.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS
equine \'E-"kwIn \ adj : of, relating to, or resembling a horse, pony, or the horse family (ie., horses, donkies, mules, zebras and zorses)
horseandponytimes.com is an equal-opportunity equine site! If you're a mule, donkey, zebra or zorse fan please send us your stories, photos, and facts for our upcoming "Alternative Equestrian" category.
EQUINE WISDOM: HORSE QUOTES
A dog looks up to you. A cat looks down on you. But a
horse looks at you and sees an equal.
Winston Churchill (modified slightly!)
God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which
there are no horses.
I realize that the concept of wild horses probably
stirs romantic notions in many of you, but this is because you have never met any wild horses in
person ... They amble up to your camp site, and their attitude is: "We're wild horses. We're going to
eat your food, knock down your tent and poop on your shoes. We're protected by federal law, just like
Dave Barry, "Tenting Grandpa Bob"
When one is on horseback he knows all things.
In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.
I know nothing about racing and any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it winning.
Send us your favorite horse quotes!
The Diverse Equine Family
The word "equine" makes most of us think "horse." It's easy to understand why;
horses are certainly the most familiar (and usually the most favored)
equine species, with a long history of service in the world of human beings.
But horses by no means have a monopoly on the qualities we admire most in
them, such as strength, beauty, and endurance. Other equine species have
these qualities, too, from the lowly donkey to the dazzling zebra.
Free-roaming Przewalski horses in the mountain steppe area of the National Park. Photo by John de Meij. All rights FPPPH.
We love our horses, but we'd like to take this opportunity to honor those
equids who live in the shadow of their more popular equine cousin.
Equidae Equus Horses are members of the family Equidae, which is
one of three families in the order Perissodactyla. It may surprise you to
learn that the Perissodactyla (meaning "odd toed") order includes the
tapirs, which look a little like pigs, and the Rhinoceros. These very
distant cousins of the horse have three toes on each foot, while all equine
species have just one.
There are seven equine species in the genus Equus, including Equus Equus
caballus, the domestic horse. The other six members of the genus are Equus
Ferus przewalskii, or "Przewalski horse" (known in its native Mongolia as
the "takhi"), Equus Hippotigris burchelli (the Plains, Burchelli's or
Grant's zebra), Equus Hippotigris zebra (the mountain zebra), Equus
Dolichohippus grevyi (Grevy's zebra), and the two species of donkey known as
Equus Asinus africanus and Equus Asinus hemionus. Each equine is genetically
very similar all other members of the genus. All equine species possess the
ability to interbreed. Horses, for example, can be crossed with donkeys or
zebras to produce viable offspring that possesses some of the qualities of
Featured equine: The Zorse
The Zorse (Equus zebra × Equus caballus) Equine hybrids have been coexisting with human beings for centuries, with the most common domesticated hybrid being, of course, the mule. Mules are a cross between two domestic species of equine, the horse and the donkey. But all equines are genetically compatible with one another, and with this in mind it was really only a matter of time before human beings became curious enough to try out some of the other possible combinations. More About The Zorse.