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October 2017

Horse of the month for October 2017
Photo courtesy: https://tassunet.deviantart.com/art/Finnhorse-60670844
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The Horse of the Month for October, 2017 is the Finnhorse who has been a real native horse for hundreds of years in Finland, it is sometimes called the Finnish Universal.

With an average height of 15.2 hands, the utilitarian horse was used extensively in farming and in the military. From a population high of over 400,000 in the late 19th century down to slightly over 85,000 when last counted in 1987, the breed is making a strong comeback. Today, the Finnhorse is still used in agricultural and forestry work, harness racing, and riding.


September 2017

Horse of the month for September 2017
The picture is of the medium Holstener jumper, “FOREVER,” by NAES

This month’s horse is very special for several reasons.

1. He’s a Holsteiner named “FOREVER”.
2. He’s 19 years old.
3. Had a very successful show career showing in California in the medium height jumper classes.

In fact, when the Dickey family, the owners, mentioned he was up for sale, there literally a line of potential buyers.
This should point out how wonderful it can be to own a somewhat older horse who’ll teach the novice rider so much.


August 2017


The Shagya-Arabian Breed

The Shagya-Arabian has been bred to the same requirements for over two centuries. 
The breed was developed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire over 200 years ago.

Originated from the need for a horse with the endurance, intelligence and character of
an Arabian but with larger size and carrying capacity required by the Imperial Hussars.
Over time, Shagya-Arabians were utilized both as carriage and light riding horses.
The registry of the breed is the oldest next to the registry of the English Hunt Club.

Horse of the month for August 2017

This historic breed combines the Desert Arabian (elegant, great hardiness and toughness, endurance, and an easy keeper) with the qualities of today’s riding horse giving this breed sufficient height, a big frame, including terrific movement and jumping ability.

Shagya-Arabians are typically 15 to 16 hands in height and with a minimum of 7 inches of bone at the cannon. Grey is the most common color; bays, chestnut and black Shagya-Arabians are produced.

Shagya-Arabians were relatively unknown in America before the 1980s, although a few had been imported both before and after World War II. Prior to the founding of the North American Shagya-Arabian Society (NASS) no registry for Shagya-Arabians existed in America. http://www.shagya.net/

DNA Verification is required - that the parentage of all purebred Shagya-Arabian, Shagya Arabian (Book II) and Appendix Shagya-Arabian (previously "Part-Shagya-Arabian") foals be verified by DNA typing the sire, the dam, and the foal. The Shagya-Arabian competes in the following disciplines: Sport Horse In Hand, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Combined Training, Dressage, Driving (Combined & Pleasure), Hunter, Hunter Pleasure, Jumper, Competitive, Trail Riding, Endurance Riding, Meritorious Sire and Meritorious Dam.

Horse of the month for August 2017
Photo Courtesy - clbailey

Here is the current U.S. Shagya approved PB Arabian stallion
multi-national champion KB Omega Fahim++++//.
He can be seen at kerriganbloodstock.com along with other Shagya's and offspring.


July 2017

Horse of the Month for July 2017
Fox Cry Whinny the Pooh. Welsh Section B Stallion owned by Loafers Lodge Welsh Ponies.

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society founded in 1901 and published the first volume of its Stud Book in 1902.  There are four Sections: The Welsh Mountain Pony, under 12 hands (Section A), The Welsh Pony, under 13 hands 2 inches (Section B), The Welsh Pony of Cob Type, also under 13 hands 2 inches (Section C) and the Welsh Cob, exceeding 13 hands 2 inches with no upper height limit (Section D).

Horse of the Month for July 2017
Pony of Cob Type – Section C Height – not to exceed 13.2 hh (137 cm)
The Welsh Pony of Cob Type is a stronger counterpart of the Welsh Pony, with Cob blood.


The Welsh breeds are known world wide, and are in great demand for crossing with other breeds and a Welsh Part-Bred Register is contained within the Stud Book. Recognizing horses, cobs and ponies with a minimum of 12.5% registered.


June 2017


Horse of the Month for June 2017
Image courtesy of http://www.horsebreedspictures.com/murgese-horse.asp

The Murgese is of Italian decent and its lineage comes from the Arabian, Barb, and Neapolitan; Italian Heavy Draft and Avelignese bloodlines.

The breed was developed in Murge Plateau, Italy during the 15th-16th centuries; later re-established in the 1920s.
A warmblood with black and blue roan color patterns are common in this 14-15 hands high horse.

Well mannered, willing, obedient, lively, high endurance, and good-natured the Murgese is a versatile breed; it has been traditionally used for light draft and farm work; an ideal riding horse for the novice, as well as for trekking, cross-country, jumping and riding sports.

The Murgese is recognized and registered by the ANAMF
(Association of Breeders of the Murge Horse and the Donkey of Martina Franca)


May 2017

Horse of the Month for May 2017
Image courtesy of Marcelo Bianchi

Horse of the Month for May 2017 is Califa - A Gelding that Loved the Game

Elected 2016 – Polo Museum Horses to Remember

Bred in Argentina and foaled in 1996 as part of the famed Pieres breeding program, the famous bay gelding, Califa, is owned by Peter Brant of White Birch Farms and has served as a durable war horse for Mariano Aguerre in many memorable contests.

Gathering numerous honors along his way, Califa ultimately earned the Hartman Award for Best Playing Pony after his gritty and intense play in two chukkers under Aguerre at the 2004 U.S. Open Championship.

Aguerre called on Califa again for the 2005 high-goal season and the gutsy gelding didn’t disappoint as they fought together through crucial games helping the team sweep all three 26-goal tournament victories.

A horse of incredible power and stamina, Califa was recognized as the 2006 Horse of the Year, was a member of 2006 APHA U.S. Open best string, 2003 BPP of the Butler Handicap, and the 2004 BPP of the Mercedes Benz Cup.

Horse of the Month for May 2017
Photo courtesy of Melinda Brewer

Having proven himself as a polo superstar and of impeccable breeding (Califa’s dam, La Luna, was a famous polo mare out of Top Secret and Gaucha), the owners realized that cloning Califa would be a way to try to perpetuate his legacy that, being a gelding, he would not otherwise be able to fulfill. His first clone arrived on April 22, 2010, and is now being successfully played in Argentina. 

Horse of the Month for May 2017
Califa with Mariano Aguerre up - 2009 Argentine Open
(photo courtesy of American Polo Horse Association)



April 2017

Horse of the month for April 2017
2015-2016 NASHHCS Finals Champions - Six Horse Hitch Classic Series
Mark Messenger Memorial Percheron Hitch owned by the Messenger Family from Cheyenne, WY, Driven by Brian Coleman

Horse of the month for April 2017
2015-16 Champions – Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch

Horse of the Month for April, 2017

The horses making up these classic 6 horse hitches are Percherons, a draft horse breed from France
generally weighing up to 2500 pounds. Commonly used during WW2, these popular draft horses dropped dramatically but have now increased greatly.


March 2017


Horse of the Month for March 2017

The Horse of the Month of March 2017 is the very talented, Spooky Whiz ridden by Andrea Fappani.

The pair were winners of the 2016 NRHA Open Futurity Championship in the Limited Non Pro division.
Proving again how far European AQHA competitors have come in the show pen.


February 2017

Horse of the Month for February 2017

The Horse of the Month of February 2017 is the Driving Horse.


Driving horses are popular all over the world but the huge cost associated keep the sport out of the reach of most folks interested in the sport. The example pictured below shows a US driver, Suzy Stafford who ended up in 2nd place at the 2016 Single Horse World Driving Championships held in Piper, Austria.


January 2017

Horse of the Month for January 2017
Soring - Note front hoofs
Photo Courtesy
Alyson Wright/Chattanooga Times
Free Press/AP

Horse of the Month for January 2017
Photo Courtesy USDA
X-ray image of a "performance package" on a Tennessee Walking Horse, showing shoe, "stacks"- multiple pads, multiple extra nails placed in pads to add weight and possibly pressure (known as "pressure soring") and band across hoof to hold it all on.

Horse of the Month for January 2017
Natural movement - no soring
Photo Courtesy
Jose DeElrey,
A Walking Horse Ranch
More at this link
The Horse of the Month of January 2017 is the Tennessee Walking Horse.

The Tennessee Walking Horse is a tall horse with a long neck. It has been described as “refined and elegant, yet solidly built.” This breed is also known for its calm disposition and smooth gait. For this reason you will not only find it showing off its sure footedness in the show ring but it also popular as a pleasure or trail riding horse.

Tennessee Walking Horse show competitions include two categories:
1) flat shod – the horse wears regular shoes which cause it to show less exaggerated movements.
2) performance – the horse wears built up pads or “stacks” to create the very animate “Big Lick” style.

The use of stacks is, however, prohibited at USEF sponsored shows. For this reason The Tennessee Walking Horse breed is the most affected by the Horse Protection Act of 1970 which prohibits abusive practices such as the use of stacks and the application of chemical agents which create acute pain causing the horse to elevate their steps.

In addition, I received a case a few years ago that is not all that common…but it does happen.
A client and purchaser of a supposed very competitive Tennessee Walking Horse was about to sue the seller of the horse. The reason was that the show records of the horse were a bit fuzzy, as in it was impossible to find them. The reason was that the point giving associations were balking at providing stats on the Tennessee Walking Horse at all. All this because of soring the shins of these very nice horses.

The horse had been shown in the Country English Hack Division, which was very competitive indeed. Now if you’ve been asleep for many years you’d know that the Tennessee Walking Horse has to be shown under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture which required a DQP, (Designated Qualified Person), be on hand to examine the specified horses to determine there was no evidence of soring.

Soring had been widely used for many years and encouraged the horse to step his front legs very high since they hurt so much. Obviously, the national governing body, (The American Horse Shows Association now the United States Equestrian Association), kicked the Tennessee Walkers out since they continued applying the soring agents when showing, and at the time would not change.

The “BIG LICK” Walking Horse Shows in Tennessee where hundreds of hopeful spectators protested and then just didn’t show up at the 2015 shows forcing shows to all but cancel their performances. When you’ve got some time look up “Big Lick Tennessee Walking Horse Shows” and you’ll learn lots about why and how these very nice horses have been abused through the years and how it’s being brought to an end by thoughtful citizens.

Be prepared to see evidence of cruelty perpetrated by supposed “horsemen” who should be caring for their horses, not making them sore to try and get a higher.









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