Horses are extremely beautiful animals that have had a close relationship with man since time begun. These magnificent exotic breeds illustrated below aren’t widely known, however we feel that their uniqueness should be given recognition.
These tough little ponies originate from colonial stock breeding, and later were specialized for pulling the plow. This task obviously became outmoded as farm machinery improved. Currently only 400 of these ponies exist in the world.
This breed, found in the Carmargue area of France are considered to be one of the oldest breeds in the world. They mainly live in the wild and are rarely found in captivity.
Akhal Teke Horse
Originally coming from Turkmenistan and are considered one of the oldest existing horse breeds. These horses have a unique beauty as their coats seem to shine like gold. They are mainly found today in Turkmenistan and Russia, but can also be found in Europe and North America. There are approximately only 6,600 of these horses in the world.
Black Forest Horse
These horses originate from Southern Germany. They were nearly at the brink of extinction in the 1970’s. They are mainly found in Germany, with about 1,000 of them found in Germany. They are known for their calm and friendly temperament and their beautiful flaxen manes.
These horses are England’s oldest breed, and are very athletic with a sensible temperament. Due to this in World War II the breed became rare. However Queen Elizabeth having taken the risk of endangerment seriously, has brought the numbers of the breed up in the world.
The Exmoor Pony is endangered with only 800 existing worldwide currently. The breed is native to the British Isles. Some views claim that they have been pure bred since the ice ages.
Bashkir Curly Horse
This breed is thought to have originated in North America. They have a unique hypoallergenic coat of hair, resembling a poodle dog breed. They are used in dressage and show jumping, and are known for their friendly and reliable personality.
This breed was originally valued for its hardiness, style and speed. During the 1800’s Hackneys competed in 100 mile harness races. Demand for the breed slacked as automobiles became more common, and throughout the world wars.
This breed was outsourced by machinery. Due to it’s rareness the breed is only available in shades of chestnut and liver. Currently there are about 600 Suffolks in America.
Falabella Miniature Horse
The Falabella Miniature Horse is one of the smallest horse breeds in the world. They are seen to be intelligent and easy to train. They are used for riding by small children.
What to do when your horse bucks.
A bucking horse can be a surprising, scary experience. But there are a few rules that can help you keep control.
The two most important things to remember are:
- Try to keep your horse’s head up.
A horse can only buck when it has its head down.
- Try to keep moving forward.
Bucking requires a horse to stop and plant their front legs into the ground. Moving forward prevents this.
A combination of these two things can often stop a horse from bucking.
It’s important to learn the indicators that your horse it about to buck so you can employ these two tactics.
What else do I need to remember?
Horses buck for a number of reasons, but it always indicates an irritable or fearful mood. Your main goal is to calm your horse down, so you need to be calm too.
The Last Resort Method.
If you aren’t able to stop the buck with forward movement and head-lifting, you can pull your horse’s head to the side so it comes close to your leg.
This will make it difficult for your horse to buck. It isn’t ideal for the horse, but it can help control severe bucking. Hold that position until your horse has stopped, then swap to the other side.
Dismount if it’s necessary, but try not to run away when you’re off, as that may scare the horse more.
Are there different kinds of bucking?
Sometimes a horse will buck because it has been spooked, in which case you may be able to lower your centre of gravity (heels down) and ride it out. Talk to your horse and try to make them feel comfortable and safe.
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