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.
10 Mistakes Beginner Riders Make
Getting out and riding is all about doing something you love and working well with your horse. This is a no judgement zone – riding of any level is excellent and can only lead to better riding.
But below are some common mistakes people make when first riding. Keep an eye on these to make sure they don’t become bad habits in your own riding.
1. Lifting your hands too high.
This is a common one that comes from wanting to balance yourself. Your instinct will be to lift up your arms. Make sure you keep an even tension on your reins and don’t allow too much to slip through your fingers.
2. Pushing up on your toes.
When first learning to trot, many riders push themselves up with their toes, bringing their centre of gravity too far forward.
3. Putting your feet too far into the stirrup.
A common problem – and a natural thing to do. Beginners often wedge their feet as far into the stirrup as possible.
4. Putting all your weight into your butt.
One thing that makes it clear you’re new to riding is that all your weight is being taken by your butt in the saddle and none of it is being taken by your legs and feet. Your feet should carry some of your weight to make riding smoother and more in control.
5. Getting distracted by your horse.
Every rider loves horses, so it’s natural that you’ll want to look at the one you’re on. But new riders can often direct their attention too much towards their horse, without paying proper attention to where they are going.
6. Relying on the reins too much.
A good rider will communicate more through the shifting of their body weight than pulling on the reins. Giving your horse a signal to stop or turn should be accompanied by shifts in your body weight that reflect this.
7. Riding with long reins.
As your horse moves its head, it can tug the reins out of your grip. A good rider matches the rhythm of their horse so the reins aren’t pulled through their hands.
8. High knees.
Many riders keep their knees to high, as though they are sitting in a car chair. The feet should be positioned below the body, as though the rider is standing.
9. Clamping with your legs.
Good riding is all about working with the horse. New riders sometimes clamp their legs too tightly to their horse, which will make you a less relaxed rider and may affect the horse’s attitude.
10. Grabbing the saddle horn for balance.
When you grab the saddle horn, you lose control of your horse. Staying firmly in the saddle is about staying back, keeping balance, and staying in control. If you feel unbalanced, plant yourself lower into your saddle.
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