Appaloosa meets Draft Horse

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 23, 2008, 2:20 am

Actually, the Noriker doesn't have Appaloosa bloodlines - this color pattern has existed in Europe for centuries, where it is sometimes called "tiger" pattern (think "leopard" - same idea). The Noriker is a ancient draft breed from the Alps that is often spotted, though it comes in other colors, too. It has strong links to the classic baroque horses. This guy is beautiful! There are some nice photos here, too. Check out the beautiful halters and harnesses on some of these
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The International Saddlebred

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 23, 2008, 1:37 am

The American Saddlebred is quite popular in South Africa. Here's a promo from a recent championship show.
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The Brazilian Crioulo

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 22, 2008, 11:32 pm

The Crioulo is the Brazilian version of the Quarter Horse, similar to the related Criollo (Argentina, Chile), descended from Spanish stock. "Crioulo" or "Criollo" (Spanish) refers to something of mixed ancestry, although the Crioulo horse is now a fixed breed with specific standards. They are specialists in working cattle, and shown in the equivalent Brazilian versions of reining and working cowhorse competitions. They are stocky and agile creatures, and come in a variety of
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Early Natural Horsemanship

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 22, 2008, 7:02 pm

Billy Linfoot, a well-known horse trainer, demonstrates "taming" an unhandled horse. This is video from the 1970s, and the technique, while not exactly like the Natural Horsemanship methods of today, is a far cry from the "buck them til they give up" cowboy school of horsebreaking which was the more common method for quickly getting a working horse up and running in the West (and still is quite common in cowboy country in Latin America - more on that later).
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Dressage Braids

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 22, 2008, 6:54 pm

This is the traditional method of braiding the horse's mane for dressage competitions (pretty much the same for hunters, some driving competitions and other English shows where braiding is preferred). The video quickly shows the technique and final result. In riding styles where the mane is braided this way, the mane is kept short and even by plucking and trimming. Long manes or loose manes are considered messy and unprofessional in these events. Looks Like Winner... - Watch today’s top amazing
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Mock Bull Fighting

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 22, 2008, 6:23 pm

This video demonstrates the amazing agility needed by the Lusitanos and Andalusians used in bullfighting. In training, as shown here, a "mock bull" is used which, when wheeled around by an assistant, closely approximates the movements of a real bull. Some of the movements of the horse are related to those used by cutting horses and those found in high school dressage. (No bulls are harmed in this particular video.)
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What Not To Breed

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 21, 2008, 7:39 pm

Fugly Horse of the Day is a snarky blog that provides a combination of hilarious critique of bad horse breeding, conformation analysis (thus "fugly"), and raving commentary on bad riding, horse rescue, horse slaughter, and the tragedy that results from ill-thought-out horse ownership. I don't agree with everything she says, but I did read the entire blog, and nearly spit out my coffee many times. It's not a read for the sensitive soul, but it is a real education in understanding good
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More horse color resources

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 17, 2008, 8:36 pm

White Horse Productions website has a super section on unusual horse colors, with a great selection of photos, especially of odd colored Thoroughbreds and strange markings. Ever heard of badger-faced horses? Now you have. Worth a visit!
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Working Horses in Hot Weather

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 16, 2008, 10:11 pm

Back in the day when most horses worked for a living, hot days made for tough conditions. This picture captures a hard working horse in New York City being wetted down. The note on the photo indicates it was a charity offering the free "horse showers." The photo was taken between 1910 and 1915, and is part of the Library of Congress collection, now being made available on flickr.
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Strange Horse Garb

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 16, 2008, 9:59 pm

I have never seen such a thing before. Does anyone know what it is? I am guessing it could be a decorative fly sheet, or a way of wearing a decorative "blanket" in warm weather, given that the man holding the horse (General Grant?) is formally dressed, and that the horse's saddle pad is also ornate.  Look at the little tassles on the ears!  The photo is from the Library of Congress collection,  dates from between 1910 and 1915, and depicts General Grant's horse.
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Unusual Horse Color roundup

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 16, 2008, 4:17 am

This discussion board is having an interesting (and well-illustrated) discussion of unusual horse colors. There are some great pictures of some very strange colors and patterns. Enjoy!
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The Gaited Horse magazine

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 16, 2008, 2:38 am

This was a fun magazine, to which I once subscribed. Sadly it has closed after 10 years... back issues are still available, according to the website. Perhaps they'll keep the site up for a while. It is a nice resource.
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Buzkashi, Part II

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 10, 2008, 2:59 pm

I posted about the sport of buzkashi the other day... then I found these beautiful pictures. Draekane on flickr has some of the best action shots of the game, but what really caught my eye were his portraits of some of the horses. They have beautiful, intelligent faces - something you don't get to see in action shots. Plus you can really see the details of the bridles and saddles, which are not overwrought, but just have small gestures of decoration, such as tassles and brass studs. The saddle
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48 Horse Power

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 10, 2008, 4:00 am

Hitching multiple horses to a vehicle can get unmanageable pretty quickly - control of the horses gets more difficult for the driver, and more people are needed on the vehicle and on the ground to guard against mishaps. Steering becomes more and more unwieldy - with a large number of horses only straight lines or gradual turns are possible. Usually if you see dozens of horses in a hitch, it is in an exhibition, and more astonishing than practical. This amazing hitch of 48 Belgians at a fair in Illinois
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Beyond Plowing

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 10, 2008, 3:50 am

It's an impressive sight to see a massive draft horse at a gallop. (It shakes the ground like an earthquake!). This unusual horse farm (site in French) in Normandy has an exhibition of trick trained draft horses. If you are a draft horse fan, don't miss this (somewhat oddball) video of Breton, Norman Cob and Percheron horses performing. The video quality is a little lacking, but it's worth it to see this performance. The Breton has always been one of my favorite breeds.
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From Norway to North America

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 10, 2008, 3:02 am

The Dole horse is a native of Norway, and until recently not found in the USA. Tangle Tree Ranch in South Dakota has introduced them, and their site has lots of interesting info and nice photos of this unusual breed. Dole horses are a light draft breed, and have some similarity (in appearance, not necessarily genes) with the Canadian Horse, Irish Draft, Highland Pony and other stocky northern breeds. They are traditionally prized for logging and other draft work, but are now popular for all around
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Global Horse Culture Archive on January 9, 2008, 3:59 am

I've seen Tommie Turvey perform, and he is a pretty incredible horse trainer and trick rider. He also works as a stunt man. This video, shot from the stands, shows a pretty good trick, riding a pair of horses through a flaming jump.
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The Akhal Teke, part 2

Global Horse Culture Archive on January 9, 2008, 3:53 am

This is a neat find: footage of the Akhal Teke stallion Absent, from the 1960s. He was famous in dressage, and one of the most widely recognized Akhal Teke horses. Note in this video the sheet of newspaper that blows into his legs at the end, and he pays no attention at all.
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New Documentary About New York Carriage Horses

Global Horse Culture Archive on December 4, 2007, 7:15 am

New York City is famous for the carriage horses that give rides to tourists in and around Central Park. The sad side of this romantic sight is that the horses live and work in extremely difficult circumstances: working in extreme weather, working in heavy traffic and exhaust fumes, and being stabled in multi-story urban buildings with no turnout and iffy fire-protection. I have enjoyed learning to drive my horse over the last few years, and she is well trained to tolerate passing traffic, should
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Dancing Ponies of Sumedang

Global Horse Culture Archive on November 25, 2007, 6:15 am

In Sumedang, in Java (Indonesia), there is a tradition of horse-dancing. Kadu ("horse") Reggong is a dancing performance by a costumed horse, accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. Kadu Salit is a performance said to imitate the martial arts, where the horse moves on its hind legs. Reggong horses are popular at weddings and circumcision celebrations. The image at left appears to be of a horse working at liberty, although in other images the horses appear to be directed by reins or a lead
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