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    09-20-2009, 06:54 AM
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Weanling
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What is a broodmare? A mare used only for breeding?

How is it that racehorses can be started at two years old? Isn't this completly detrimental to their health?

How come some people will just switch a saddle from horse to horse? Do they have to be adjusted?

When a new horse is broken in (im not talking about wild horses) do they usually act up as much as we see in the movies?

How do you tell which horse is good for what? I.e if a horse has logn legs is it good for jumping?

What are hunters? Or hunting? (not like shooting rabbits lol)

How can some horses go through winter without rugs?

What constitutes as an 'ugly' horse. I hear people say oh this horse has an ugly face.... what does that mean? Is there liek a fault in their face that specifically constitutes an uglyness in them? Liek the eyes too close together or something? I compare the 'ugly'horse with a supossedly pretty faced horse and they look the same to me??!

There will be more, I just can't think of them all for now... thanks in advance anyone!!
     
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    09-20-2009, 07:24 AM
  #2
Trained
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What is a broodmare? A mare used only for breeding?
Yes, or I would say currently used only for breeding.

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How come some people will just switch a saddle from horse to horse? Do they have to be adjusted?
It really depends on the horse(s) and the saddle. Some horses are a lot easier to fit than others, e.g. All our mares can swap all our saddles without problem, only adjusting the cinch length.

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How do you tell which horse is good for what? I.e if a horse has logn legs is it good for jumping?
In my experience, you just have to work with them and see what they are best at... and most willing to do. Some bloodlines, however, do tend to produce horses that excel at certain disciplines.

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how can some horses go through winter without rugs?
It really depending on the climate, the breed, and how thick a winter coat the horse gets. It doesn't get terrible cold here (15-20F is about the coldest) and none of our mares need to be covered.

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What constitutes as an 'ugly' horse. I hear people say oh this horse has an ugly face.... what does that mean? Is there liek a fault in their face that specifically constitutes an uglyness in them? Liek the eyes too close together or something? I compare the 'ugly'horse with a supossedly pretty faced horse and they look the same to me??!
It's all in the eye of the beholder. There are no ugly horses, IMHO.


There will be more, I just can't think of them all for now... thanks in advance anyone!![/quote]
     
    09-20-2009, 09:38 AM
  #3
Green Broke
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What is a broodmare? A mare used only for breeding?

Generally yes. Some horses are used as broodmares because an injury cut short their ridden life but many many broodmares are rideable but the term generally means that the mare is used primarily for breeding.

How is it that racehorses can be started at two years old? Isn't this completly detrimental to their health?

You'll find that some racehorses are started before they are two, so they can compete as two year olds. I have heard of/seen many people start horses that are still two, it seems to be somewhat common in QH where as I have noticed people starting warmbloods and the like tend to wait until they are three or four.

Racehorses are not known for their soundness. A lot of them injure themselves and a lot are discarded. Its not the best for the horse but it is the best financially for the owner. Remember most racehorses are retired before they are six or seven.


How come some people will just switch a saddle from horse to horse? Do they have to be adjusted?

Some saddles will fit similar horses better, but generally saddles do need some adjustment. Personally, I am quite particular about saddle fitting but most people I know just check that there is clearance at the pommel, that they can see light from the back and the saddle doesn't rock - and they are happy with that. Just because people do it doesn't mean its a good thing to do.


When a new horse is broken in (im not talking about wild horses) do they usually act up as much as we see in the movies?

I guess this is somewhat dependant on the breaking method. Some horses may act up like you see but most I find are pretty reasonable. Sometimes they buck or kick about the first time with a saddle/surcingle, but I think that is just because of the girth. Most people tend to back gradually these days, rather than riding it out, and the horse is much calmer and responsive. Each to their own though.

How do you tell which horse is good for what? I.e if a horse has logn legs is it good for jumping?

Often you have to see the horse in action before you can accurately judge or guess what they would be good for. There are many horses that have perfect jumping conformation but turn out not to like it or just are no good at it. Each discipline has different preferences but many books and websites can give you a good idea of what to look for. There are faults which are pretty much universally not liked and you can find many informative pages on that - its better to see pictures to understand.

What are hunters? Or hunting? (not like shooting rabbits lol)

Hunting is traditionally English sport where a group of (tradiationally wealthy) riders got together with a pack of hounds. The hounds would then catch scent of a fox and set out chasing it. The riders would follow the dogs on horse back, jumping obstacles in their path. Ultimately the dogs would catch and kill the fox or other prey.

Now, at least in America (I'm Australian so I am not sure how it works) Hunting is used as a separate class. I believe the rider jumps a course and is judged on the quality of riding and quality of the horse - I imagine there are variations. It is similar to show jumping except the horse and rider are judged where as in SJ scores are objectively counted up.


How can some horses go through winter without rugs?

Most horses can survive a winter without a rug (depending on the winter). Horses with thinner skins, such as Thoroughbreds are more susceptable to the cold. Also, if you start rugging a horse you should not stop, as it alters the oils in their skin. Also many riders prefer to have their horse grown minimal hair, and use rugs to control this.

I feel its best to rug most horses, although many of the hardier breeds can easily survive a winter with minimal rugging.

What constitutes as an 'ugly' horse. I hear people say oh this horse has an ugly face.... what does that mean? Is there liek a fault in their face that specifically constitutes an uglyness in them? Liek the eyes too close together or something? I compare the 'ugly'horse with a supossedly pretty faced horse and they look the same to me??!

Individual people have individual preferences. Generally a horse is considered good looking if they are in proportion through their body for their breed. Good looking horses often have a refined head and alert eyes, are well fed and correctly muscled.

There will be more, I just can't think of them all for now... thanks in advance anyone!!
Hope that helps.
     
    09-21-2009, 04:24 AM
  #4
Weanling
Thankyou Saskia! Your answers were exactly what I was looking for. Thankyou for beign so informative. Thankyou also paint horse mares!
     

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