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Registered Thoroughbred Horses: What Colors Are Permitted?

When I watched Thoroughbreds being saddled for a race, I noticed they were a lot of different colors. This made me wonder what colors are acceptable for Thoroughbred registration. The American Jockey Club recognizes the following colors for Thoroughbred registration: black, white, chestnut, gray/roan, bay (brown), and palomino. Thoroughbreds can have white markings. A lot …

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Live Cover Horse Breeding: A Requirement for Thoroughbreds?

Technological advances are affecting many aspects of the horse racing industry. But has it changed the way thoroughbreds are bred? Do thoroughbred stallions still have to “live cover” a mare for their offspring to be registered? Thoroughbreds’ offspring must be the result of a “live cover” to be registered as a Thoroughbred. The Jockey Club …

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Pony Horses: 5 Reason Racehorses Have Another Horse With Them

When we were recently at the track, a friend ask why racehorses were escorted by a pony horse. Her question made me wonder about the pony horse’s role in horseracing, so I decided to do some research. Racehorses have another horse with them before the race to help them stay calm, and as relaxed as …

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How Tall is a Shire Horse? Shire Horse Breed Facts.

The first time I stood next to a Shire horse, it dwarfed me, I wasn’t sure if this particle horse was unusually tall or if all Shires are this massive. So, I decided to research the breed to learn more about its size and characteristics. Shire horses are very tall horses; they average 17.2 hands. …

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The Friesian Horse Breed: Facts, Color, and Temperament

A friend of ours recommended a Friesian horse to us as a dressage prospect. I’ve never watched one perform, nor have we ever owned one, so we were unsure if it would be a good option for us, but I decided to learn more about the breed. Friesian horses are a tall, big-boned equine breed …

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