Archive for April, 2013

Famous Horses Throughout History

The history between man and his loyal horse stretches back to centuries. Horses have played a major role in carving the human history, be it in terms of bravery, honor, or companionship. From wars and battalions, to famous racing and sporting events, and from mythological characters to Hollywood movies-horses have always occupied the center stage because of their loyalty and courage.

History is full of the names of stallions that have contributed to mankind in one way or other, and following are some of the most noteworthy names that come to mind when it comes to the famous horses in history. Each one of these horses is a class apart when it comes to bravery and courage in face of epic challenges. Take a look:

Bucephalus

Synonymous to perfection, glory, and power, Bucephalus was the horse of Alexander The Great. Known for his power, nobody could train and tame the fearless horse other than the brave Alexander. The city Bucephala was founded by Alexander and his loyal horse, thus cementing the name of this faithful and brave stallion in the realms of history. To this date, Bucephalus is considered to be the king of all horses and is one of the most prominent names amongst famous horses throughout history.

Bucephalus

Man O’ War

Man O’ War is considered to be one of the finest thoroughbred race horses that the world has seen in the last few centuries. The stallion with his glorifying physique and powerful stature, managed to win 20 out of the 21 races he competed in. Proudly ranked amongst the top 100 Thoroughbred Champions in the United States for the 20th century, Man O’ War was definitely distinguished in a class of his own. The name Man O’ War has been present in the National Museum of Racing Hall Fame since 1956.

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Comanche

Giving courage and bravery an entirely new image, Comanche emerged as the sole survivor the epic and bloody battle of the Little Bighorn. Comanche survived severe injuries in the war but still managed to survive for two days before he was rescued and nursed back to health. The horse is monument-ed in the University of Kansas’s Museum to pay homage to his undying spirit and bravery.

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Dan Patch

Racing horses are in a different and unique league of their own, and the name of Dan Patch requires no introduction the regard. Throughout his lifetime he broke over 14 different world records, and his zeal and speed always attracted thousands of spectators to catch a glimpse of him on the race course.

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Mr. Ed

One of the most popular figures on television; a lot of us have grown up watching and revering the famous talking horse, Mr. Ed on television. A fictional character of the 1960’s, Mr. Ed was a horse that was shown talking to his master throughout the series. The popularity of this horse stretched around the globe, making it one of the most -loved horses in the history of Hollywood.

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Horse Breeding – How to Choose the Right Breeder

Breeding your horse, especially your mare, needs thorough attention and research on the horse owners part. Not only do you have to consider the breed of the horse, but also other factors like it’s genes, behavior, color, conformation, etc. to make the right choice for your mare. Before choosing the horse itself, selecting the breeding farm is a very important matter that requires your utmost attention to ensure healthy breeding.

The following tips can help you select the right breeder for your horse and make way for a strong and healthy foal. Remember, it’s not always about the looks- You need to select a breeding farm where you can be assured of a good match for your horse on all accounts.

1. Ask around or research in magazines, equine publications, or the Internet for quality breeding farms near your area. Visit the farm in person and take a look at all the horses there. Do not go for a stallion just because it is beautiful or it’s color attracts you- the temperament, behavior, and manner of the horse are also very important factors that need to be kept in mind.

2. Make sure that you inquire about the complete history of the horse that you select for breeding. This includes its medical and health information, vaccination schedule, any previous breeding history, etc. You can also look at any past foals of your selected horse to get a more practical idea of what you should expect.

3. The health and well-being of your horse should be your first priority. Get the selected breeder checked for any physical defects or health problems. Also check for any birth defects or behavioral disorders. You should also make sure that your selected horse is vaccinated by a registered veterinarian and does not possess any contagious ailments or transmittable diseases.

4. First think of what you are looking for in a foal and then choose a breeder keeping in mind requirements and needs. For example, if you are looking for specific breeds like Arabian or Palomino, or wish for a foal that can compete in racing tournaments etc, search for a stallion that fulfills these requirements and can transfer the genes.

5. Ask for advice and guidance regarding the breeding procedure and bloodlines if you do not have any prior experience. Certain bloodlines cross breed more easily and better than others, and there is always the compatibility factors that you need to have in mind.

6. Last but not least, make sure your horse is ready for breeding and is in perfectly good health and age. You can take your mare for a physical examination with a vet, who can better assess whether she is ready for breeding. At the end of the day, it is all about he love and care that you put in to select the right breeder for your horse. If you pay proper attention, you can ensure the health and well being of both your horse and new-born foal. Best of luck!

 

Therapeutic Horse Riding

Horses are not only a loyal friend you can count upon, but they also prove to be amazing therapist’s! Loving and understanding, horse riding has been considered to be a therapeutic treatment for years now and handicapped individuals can find great solace and benefit in the companionship of a horse.

Therapeutic riding can benefit disabled individuals, especially children, both emotionally and psychologically. Over the years there have been thousands of cases in which bonding with a horse brought about positive psychological and behavioral changes in disabled persons. Several federations and organizations are also working actively throughout the world to aid handicapped individuals through therapeutic riding.

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Gentle and loving, horses are clearly the best companions that anybody can have. The effects of their company are most beneficial for those who are physically or mentally handicapped. Horses are naturally loving and amazing creatures, and their compassion and non-judgemental attitude helps disabled people come out of their shell and a enjoy a calm and relaxing environment.

Furthermore, horse riding as a therapy is particularly beneficial for those who cannot walk themselves. Riding on the horse can help them enjoy the smooth sensation of movement, and the rising experience also aids in the exercise of different muscles in the body.

Riding horses has resulted in a large numbers of miracles over the years, as many handicapped individuals start talking and expressing themselves more easily after spending time in the soothing company of a horse. horses help individuals connect and express their feeling in a language of their own; thereby easing any emotional complications and social barriers that are keeping them confined on their own. This also brings an improvement in their social interaction and behavior down the road.

Horses are great companions for people who are suffering from autism. Their gentle attitude and companionship immediately draws a person towards them, and stroking, riding, and caring for the horse can prove to be an extremely healthy and beneficial activity for the disabled. Horse riding therapy is a quiet yet relaxing way to help disabled people find a delightful hobby and strike a beautiful friendship.

Aside from the emotional advantages of therapeutic riding, the feeling of being outdoors and enjoying the relaxing environment, cool wind and grass, and the bounties of nature is also a peaceful and beautiful experience. Different from the depressing indoor setting of a therapist’s office, being outdoors in the sun with a loving horse by your side can be an instant mood lifter. Young children benefit most from this therapy, as being with a gentle and loving animal and caring for it on their own is an emotionally easing and interesting activity for them.

Spending time riding and tending to a horse is a joyous and miraculous activity that will let hours go by without you noticing it. You can be sure of a loving and soothing presence that will satisfy your heart and soul when you are out riding a horse!