SOVIET HEAVY DRAFT HORSE
Developed during the 1880's and 1890's, the Soviet Heavy
Draft was recognized as a "new heavy draft breed". They were
bred extensively, in areas including Vladimir, Yaroslavl,
Gorki, Ryazan, Penza and Orel regions. These areas had developed
industries and agriculture, and needed strong, fast horses
of ample size to assist them with their work.
Native horses were initially improved by the stallions of
Belgian Brabancon Draft breeds. In 1936, there were 3 state
breeding centers, Pochinkovsk, Gavrilovo-Posad and Mordovian
that branched later to the Alexandroz farm and the Yaroslavl
farm. Two facilities were turned into studs. Demand for Soviet
Heavy Draft horses grew as the agricultural production proceeded.
Today's purebread Soviet Heavy Draft horses are distinguished
by their height and expressed harness type. They have strong
bones and muscles and stand about 163cm tall. They weigh between
850kg and 1000 kg, although the mares is quite a bit lower,
between 650 and 750kg. Soviet Draft horses have average sized
heads, average necks and low withers that are slightly dipped.
Most horses of the breed are brown, bay or chestnut.
SPANISH BARB HORSE
Tracing a lineage from Andalusian and Spanish Jennet horses
in North America during the 16th century, the Spanish-Barb
breed was most prevalent in the Southeast and Southwest areas
of Spanish settlement. Spanish-Barb horses provided the foundation
for Choctaw Indian and Chickasaw breeds- and the Chickasaw
horses played a role in the develoment of the American Quarter
Horse. In the Southwest, Spanish barb horses were owned by
the early Spanish and Mexican cowboys- and later became the
foundation for wild mustang herds in the west.
The Spanish barb horses almost were absorbed into the general
horse population, but thanks to a few dedicated families and
ranchers, the breed has survived. No attempt at registry was
done until the Spanish Barb Breeders association was formed
The Spanish Barb breed weighs between 800 and 975 pounds,
and are small- between 13.3 and 14.1 hands. They have a smooth
gait causing a comfortable ride, and are surefooted which
makes them excel on trails.
SPANISH MUSTANG HORSE
During the 1950's, men joined to form an organization that
had the purpose of preserving the last of the old type of
Spanish Mustangs. The breed once roamed throughout the western
United States in large numbers, but during that time they
were threatened to become extinct. In order to preserve the
breed, a man by the name of Brislawn collected individual
horses that he himself considered to be the best examples
of the Spanish Mustang breed.
The Spanish Mustang is known for stamina and toughness,
and is a good characteristic that shows their Spanish heritage.
Other breeds would have perished in conditions that the Spanish
Mustang was able to survive and multiply. The spanish horse
has a very profound influence on numerous breeds. Modern Spanish
Mustang horses retain the qualities that the horses had when
teh Spaniards conquered a new world.
The fastest harness horse in the world, the Standardbred
must meet 'standards' in regards to their speed and breeding
in order to be registered as a standardbred. Interestingly
enough, as the breed becomes smarter, their speed decreases.
The standardbred looks a lot like the Thoroughbred, but
does not stand as tall. Standardbred's are about 15.2 hands,
and they have longer bodies than the standardbred breed. Their
heads are refined and on medium sized necks. They have muscular
quarters and their legs are set well back. The breed comes
in brown, bay, and black most often, but other colors are
sometimes found. They weigh between 800 and 1000 pounds.
SUDAN COUNTRY-BRED HORSE
A light riding horse, the Sudan Country-Bred originated
in Sudan. It was developed from crossing Arab and Thoroughbred
horses with Dongola breeds. They are often found in brown,
roan, bay, chestnut or black.
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