A man by the name of Rex Moyle created the Moyle breed of
horses in Idaho during the middle of the 20th century. He
used mustangs that had been brought into Idaho from Utah.
Moyle horses are light riding horses that are normally bay
or brown and they have front horns. The breed is rare.
A light riding horse and draft horse that is similar to the
Friesian, the Murgese is found in Italy. The breed is rare.
Most often in black, the Murgese is also ocassionally gray.
They are descendants of Oriental horses that were crossed
with local horses. There is a Murgese herdbook established
Sometimes referred to as the American Feral Horse, the Mustang
breed is found wild in the western United States. Mustang
is from a Spanish word, "mesteno" which means "wild" or "Stray".
Mustangs were originally Spanish horses, but over the years
and due to their roaming qualities, they have now become a
mix of several breeds. European settlers brought their own
horses into the west; Indian raids and freed wild stallions
tore down domestic fences and joined the tamed horses; and
Indians captured horses between tribes and bartered which
contributed to the distribution of Mustang horses and mix
The United States government purchased 150 horses from Germany
every year for 10 years between the 1800's and 1900's. The
East Friesian horse was a heavy warmblood that could pull
heavy wagons and artillery- but some escaped and their blood
was mixed with the Wild Mustangs of the west.
The herds of Mustangs started to cause problems when the
western United states became settled and the land was needed
for cattle to graze. Some mustangs were shot to the point
that the population was cut in half by 1926. A Wild Free Roaming
Horse and Burro Act was passed by Congress in 1971 that helps
protect these horses. The population of Mustangs grew again,
until they were too numerous once again. The Adopt-a-Horse
program in 1973 began in Montana to help distribute excess
Mustangs in a humane way. Individuals can adopt a horse for
$125 provided they meet certain requirements. The government
actually owns the adopted horses for a year after adoptions,
until a veterinarian statement is produced to show the horse
is under good care.
Most Mustang horses are warmbloods, and the coat colors can
be any colors found on horses. Some still exhibit Spanish
characteristics despite that blood being very diluted in the
NATIONAL SHOW HORSE
A registry called The National Show Horse Registry was created
in order to meet the need within the equine industry for athletic
horses with beauty that could be shown in the ring.
The breed has the refinement and stamina of the typical Arabian
horse, and a high-stepping movement like the American Saddlebred.
In 1981, the National Show Horse breed was born. The registry
has taken every possible step to be sure that a wide variety
of combinations of the Arabian and American Saddlebred bloodlines
produce a high quality horse.
New concepts and horse shows have been developed in which
to show these fantastic horses, and a high prize money system
encourages spectators and exhibitors to participate.
NEW FOREST PONY
The New Forest Pony is named for and was originated from
a forest located in southern England. Of the mountain and
moorland ponies in the British Isles, the New Forest Pony
is the most recognized breed. They are known for their strength,
willing to please temperaments, intelligence and versatility.
The size of New Forest Ponies are usually between 12 and
14 hands. They are often brown, bay and gray colored, although
some chestnuts, blacks and roans can be seen. The registry
allows a few white markings on legs and head.
Well bred New Forest Ponies have a free and straight movement,
strong quarters, body debth and be a good riding horse. Their
versatility allows them ability to participate in Pony Club,
Dressage and Polo-Driving, as well as gymkhana and jumping.
Many New Forest Ponies are used for training to carry handicap
New Forest Ponies are extremely gentle and they are often
used for children's horses. They can carry light weight adults
as well, and are an ideal driving pony.
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