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 Dakota is a Paint Pony Paint Read about the breed Discussion: The term "Paint" can refer both to a horse's color pattern, and...

 Dakota is a Paint Pony Paint Read about the breed Discussion: The term "Paint" can refer both to a horse's color pattern, and their breed! The breed was originally developed in Spain before the colonization of America. The American Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with the Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. Quarter Horses were later used for transportation and work because of the horse's inherent strength, agility, and stamina. The Paint Horse is used in a variety of equestrian disciplines, most commonly Western pleasure, reining, and other Western events, although it is now common to see Paint horses in all equestrian disciplines!

 Paint horses are known for their unique color patterns and their stocky build. Paint horses can either be Piebald (black and white) or skewbald (brown and white). Is Dakota a Skewbald or Piebald Paint pony? Why? Ginger and Peter Pan are Miniature Horses Miniature Horse Read about the breed Miniature horses are horses defined by their small height. They can be found in many nations, particularly in Europe and the Americas, and are the result of centuries of selective breeding. Depending on the particular breed registry involved, the height of these horses is usually less than 34–38 inches as measured to the withers. Miniature horses are bred to be friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, but must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion or service animal. Miniature horses are also trained for driving, equine agility, and other competitive horse show type events. 

Discussion: What activities are not listed above that our minis get to participate in? Polly and Shay are Percherons Percheron Read about the breed The Percheron Horse originated in France, and was introduced to the United States in the 1800's. This breed has been the most influencial in the American Agriculture industry. Percherons were bred to do a tremendous amount of farm work in one day. They are able to pull giant loads and carry heavy farm equipment. Percherons are a draft breed, but they typically staybetween 16 and 17 hands, making them one of the shorter draft breeds in the horse world. Most commonly, Percherons are black or grey in color. Because of their docile temperament, many people refer to them as "Gentle Giants!" Today, Percherons are used in many disciplines like fox hunting, vaulting, and competitive driving. When crossed with lean breeds like thoroughbreds, they make fantastic eventing horses! Discussion: We have 2 resident Percherons at Madison Fields. What do you think some of their past jobs included? Hint: some are listed in the decription above! Schatzie is a Trakehner Trakehner Read about the breed Trakehner is a light warmblood breed of horse, originally developed at the East Prussian state stud farm in the town of Trakehnen from which the breed takes its name. The Trakehner typically stands between 15.2 and 17 hands. They can be any color. Trakehners are athletic and trainable, with good endurance, while some are more spirited than horses of other warmblood breeds. While Trakehners compete in nearly all equestrian disciplines, they are particularly prized as dressage mounts, due to their sensitivity, 

intelligence and way of going. Our Trakehner, Schatzie competed all over Montgomery County in her previous career as a hunter jumper. Discussion: What is the name of the Trakehner on the United State's show jumping team that brought home a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics? Lua is an Oldenburg Oldenburg Read about the breed The Oldenburg is a warmblood horse from the north-western corner of Lower Saxony, what was formerly the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. This breed was originally bred from Friesian horses to pull carriages for transportation. This breed began to grow when the need for carriage horses declined in the 1970's and these horses started to be bred to be sport horses. Oldenburg's are tall sport horses with excellent gaits and jumping ability. The modern Oldenburg can best be identified by the "O" and crown brand on the left hip. 

You can find Oldenburg horses in Olympic horse sports today, and they usually excel in dressage. Oldenburg horses have been know to rank as one of the most successful breeds in the dressage ring. Discussion: Why might breeders cross carriage pulling horses with Thoroughbreds to build a more athletic breed?

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