Horse Breed

The Nooitgedacht-Iberian

In the previous issue of HQ (122), the history of the Nooitgedacht was presented as him being the only recognised breed that has been developed out of the Basuto Pony, so highly prized for his hardiness and tractability, as demonstrated during the Anglo-Boer War at the turn of the 19th century. The Basuto Pony in his own right has his ...

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The versatility of the Miniature horse – part 1

Who has seen Miniature horses? Almost everyone. Where have you seen them? Most likely at stable yards, horse shows, farms and petting zoos. But a Miniature horse in the suburbs? Surely very infrequently, if ever! Yet it’s entirely possible and easy to achieve with a bit of knowledge and adaptation. Keeping Miniature horses in a suburban setting opens up the ...

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Great horse: Totilas

Totilas, foaled 23 May 2000, is considered to be one of the best dressage horses in the world. The Dutch stallion became the first horse to score above 90% in a dressage competition and is a former world-record holder in the Grand Prix Freestyle Dressage. Totilas was retired from competition in August 2015. Fact file Name: Totilas Sire: Gribaldi Dam: ...

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Breeding to sell

  Most breeders get into the business of horse breeding because they have a deep-rooted love of the animals. The desire to understand their chosen breed and work towards constant improvement of the youngstock should be the fundamental motivation behind a good breeding programme. The belief that the commercial side of breeding will allow them the opportunity to be immersed ...

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The Exmoor Pony

Native to the British Isles, the Exmoor Pony has ancient roots in the area – fossil remains of ponies have been found on Exmoor dating back to about 50,000BC. While the Exmoor is not a direct descendant of these ponies, they bear a striking resemblance to these primitive wild ponies. Historical literature resources put the Pony on the Exmoors in ...

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The Connemara

This ancient Irish breed of mountain and moorland pony has been resident in South Africa since the first imports arrived directly from Ireland in 1965. These were Clonkeehan Barna Boy and Bright Lass. Both were imported by Sydney Press of the Bluehills Riding School near Johannesburg. Christine Walwyn of the nationally known Ashgar Connemara Stud in Clarens, Eastern Free State, ...

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Rare breed: Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch is viewed by enthusiasts as the horse which shaped Britain’s social history. These gentle giants pulled ploughs, cut corn and drew wheat to the mills to feed residents. They have also been used for transport, forestry, in the artillery and more recently in commercials – no doubt a testament to their beauty. The oldest breed of heavy ...

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Breed profile: The Caspian

The Caspian is an ancient breed previously believed to have been extinct for over 1,000 years. He is probably the most direct ancestor of the Oriental breeds and therefore all light horse breeds. The Caspian is extremely rare and was barely pulled back from the edge of extinction in 1965. Louise Firouz, an American living in Iran, is credited with ...

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The Cleveland Bay

The Cleveland Bay was developed in Yorkshire, England by crossing native horses with some additions of Galloway, Andalusian and possibly Arabian blood. Horses were selected for strength, speed, soundness and stamina, the qualities needed for performance in long distance transport, farm work, and riding over rough terrain. The Cleveland Bay existed in his modern form by 1800, with the breed ...

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Pretty Prinzuet

Charming film clip by Krizelda Carelse of Krizelda Carelse Photography featuring the lovely mare, Ebisu Prinzuet

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