Originally Posted by lildonkey8
Some super easy, some super hard. Do the quiz and win a surprise prize
1. Why do we mount from the left instead of the right.
2. What is the word for walk, trotting, and cantering a horse in circles.
3. How many Przwalski horses are there left in the world.
4. What is the difference between eastern and western (let's see if you get it right).
5. Give me a desciptive paragraph (4 sentences) on why you love your horse.
6. A palomino is a color and a _____.
7. Who is Horse Forums arch nemises.
8. Who is the worst carrot stealer on HF.com
9. Say "Milk" 3 times, now, what do cows drink (without thinking.).
10. What do you think the prize(s) are?
I'm not sure on some of them, but I'll answer the ones I know.
1. Back in the days of knights and swords, knights wore their sword on the LEFT side (most, if not all, were right-handed and it is beyond awkward to draw a sword from the same side as your dominant hand), so rather than swing their leg--and by extension, the sword--up and over their heavy mounts' back, they mounted from the left side so that the sword would not tangle in their legs or slap their horse's rump. Also, considering the size of the swords used by most knights (they had to be fitted with a special frog so that they would not drag on the ground), mounting from the right and trying to swing that massive piece of cutlery over a horse's back would be quite a daunting task.
2. Wow, no clue...although I feel like I should know. Are we talking riding or just working? If we're talking just working, I believe it's lunging.
3. Around 1500 as of 2005.
4. By "eastern," I'm assuming you mean English. So, there are a lot of differences. The cues are slightly different (English works more off leg pressure while western uses the reins). English direct reins, while western neck reins. The seat is slightly different, as well. Western is more about settling back into the seat. English is about balance.
5. (Just four sentences?!) I love Aires because he's so incredibly level-headed, especially for a two-year-old stud. He's always willing to try anything I toss at him, whether it's the trail bridge in the arena or investigating the big scary hot walker. He has gorgeous color and markings (love his South America-shaped blaze!). I also love that he's going to be a big boy...2-years-old and already 15.2hh!
7. Ummmmmmmm...no idea, but I'll take a stab in the dark...horsetopia.com?
8. Now that one I really don't know! Lol
10. A pat on the head and a virtual cookie! (That's what I'd give out if it was my quiz!)