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A look at the characteristics of different breeds of horses.

Male or Female Horse: The Pros and Cons of Each

My neighbor is shopping for a barrel horse to give his daughter. He knows we own geldings, stallions, and mares, so he asked me whether male or female horses are better? There is no definitive answer to whether male or female horses are better. Some people prefer geldings or mares because they tend to be …

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Appaloosa Horse Colors, Patterns, and Name Origin

Appaloosa horses are a breed known for their unique spotted coat. They are prized as loyal companions and versatile athletes and are often used in trail riding, rodeos, and other forms of competition. But did you know that every Appaloosa horse has a unique pattern of colors and markings? Their coats can be found in …

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How Many Horse Breeds Are There in the World?

Do you know how many horse breeds there are in the world? I know there are many different types of horses in our community, including Fjords, Belgians, and of course, Quarter horses, and each one has its own unique look and personality. According to a study by the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, there is …

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The 6 Most Expensive Horses in the World: What They’re Worth

While my grandson and I were visiting a horse farm recently, we started talking with one of their managers about prices, which quickly turned into a debate about the market. The conversation then shifted to the amount of money paid for the most expensive horses in the world. Some of the most expensive horses in …

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Gaited Horses: What They Are and Why They’re Popular

We have a friend that trains horses and he called us over to watch one of his gaited horses work. I was excited because we don’t often see these types, but my grandson wasn’t enthusiastic about going at all – he asked “what exactly are gaited horses?” Gaited horses are a special breed of horse …

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Barn Ventilation and Fan Placement: Keep Your Horses Cool

Summertime means hot weather, and for horse owners, that often means dealing with a sweaty horse. Proper ventilation is key to keeping your horses healthy and comfortable, and fans can help circulate air throughout the barn to create a cooler environment. The best way to ventilate your horse barn is by making sure it has …

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Black Horse: Breeds, Temperament, and Myths

There is something special and alluring about black horses. Perhaps it is their mysterious air or the fact that they are slightly rarer than other colors of horses. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that black horses have a certain appeal. There are many myths and misconceptions about black horse breeds. This blog post …

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TIP Horse: The Training Incentive Program for Mustangs.

The Bureau of Land Management mustang sale was an interesting experience. They corraled the horses at the Lamar Dixon Center, which gave us a chance to check them out and speak with some volunteers. They emphasized the TIP-trained ones, which made me wonder what being a ‘TIP’ horse means. A TIP horse is a mustang …

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Arabian Horses: What Are They Used For?

I was surprised to learn that there is a horse facility near us specializing in Arabian cutting horses. I’m familiar with the sport but typically see quarter horses competing at these events, so finding out Arabians also compete in cutting made me wonder what other equine activities you can use this breed for? The Arabian …

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How Much Do Average Horses Cost? (Quarter, Race, & Arabians)

I recently met a horse trainer trying to sell her really nice barrel horse for $100,000. This surprised me because I know you can get registered quarter horses with good bloodlines for under 10K. The huge price gap made me wonder what average horses cost. The average horse, one used for pleasure riding and local …

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