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Sarah Russo2 years ago

The ‘mane’ attraction of these horses isn’t just their beauty

Whether you’re researching what horse or pony will best suit you, or you just love looking at photos of gallant steeds, we’ve got something for you! We’ve researched 5 popular horse breeds, where they come from and what they’re best suited for so you know exactly what breed is right for you!

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred


Description

The thoroughbred is the Usain Bolt and Arnold Schwarzenegger of the horse world. Easily recognized by their muscular front legs, hindquarters and well-defined sloping shoulders, they are mostly found in bay, chestnut, brown, grey, black and roan.

The average height of a thoroughbred is about 162cm, although they can be as small as 142cm and as tall as 171cm.


Background

All modern thoroughbreds can be traced back to 3 Arabian stallions imported to England, from the Middle East between the late 17th hundreds and early 18th hundreds. Talk about perfect breeding!


Common Uses

Due to the courage, agility and power behind this thoroughbred breed, they’re mostly used for horse racing, endurance riding (such as hunting), jumping and general riding.


Shetland Pony

Shetland Pony


Description

As you can see by the photo above, the Shetland pony only grows to be about 102-107cms tall. These pint-sized creatures have very stocky features, and thick coats to withstand cold temperatures.


Background

Although they may be small, Shetland ponies sure pull their own weight—and then some! Originating in the Shetland Isles in Scotland, they were commonly used to pull carts, coal and plough farmland in the Bronze era.


Common Uses

Today, most Shetland ponies in Australia are seen being ridden by young children and competing in harnessed competitions.


Clydesdale

Clydesdale


Description

While Shetland ponies are at the small end of the height scale, Clydesdales are at the top. Weighing in between 770kg to 1,000kg, Clydesdales are recognized by their plate-sized hooves covered in a layer of tufted hair.


Background

Clydesdales are believed to have been used for about 300 years. In the 17th century, these now gentle giants were used as warhorses, but have also been used as draft horses on farms.


Common Uses

These days, the Clydesdale performs inside the show ring and in some cases is used on farms, pulling carriages and sometimes hauling the starting stalls at many racetracks.


New Forest Pony

New Forest Pony


Description

Combine the shorter head and legs of a pony with the strong, full body of a horse and you have the New Forest Pony. Standing at between 122 to 147cm tall, New Forest Pony is a very hardy and reliable breed.


Background

The New Forest Pony has been found to have strong ties in history, with some studies suggesting their ancestry is linked back to endangered Spanish Celtic-type ponies, Asturcón and Pottok.

As the New Forest Pony is very sure footed, they were commonly used in the coal mines, as well as carrying riders across varied and potentially dangerous terrain.


Common Uses

In Australia, The New Forest Pony has adapted into an all-round riding pony. They are mostly used in dressage, polo, long-distance and cross-country events. 


Fjord Horse

Fjord


Description

We’ve nicknamed this breed, the ‘sassy horse’, due to its flowing fringe and upright mane, often cut into decorative shapes to display the dual colouring. The Fjord horse is quite stocky and broad, with a crested muscular neck, wide set eyes and small muzzle.


Background

The Fjord horse is one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world, bearing a similar appearance to the horses used by the Nordic Vikings. The name of this breed comes from the inaccessible mountain region in Norway, known as Fjording.


Common Uses

Fjord horses are very intelligent, sure-footed and quick to learn. This makes them the perfect, all-purpose horse, commonly trained for young children to practice riding.


Looking for a trusted horse vet?

Whatever breed of horse you call your 4-legged friend, you want the best for their health. These vets are qualified to handle a range of horse-related services.


Nanango Country Vet Services  

Your horse is in good hands with the friendly team at Nanango Country Vet Services. You can rely on them for:

  • Special interest in horses & alpacas
  • Ultrasounds & x-rays
  • Grooming & hydrobaths

If you can’t get your horse to the clinic, Nanango Country Vet Services conveniently have a mobile horse vet to make sure your horse is well cared for.

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Barambah Veterinary Surgery

It doesn’t matter if it neighs, barks, meows or tweets, the team at Barambah Veterinary Surgery has your pets best interest in mind. Their services include:

  • 24 hour emergency service
  • Senior pet programs
  • Surgery, vaccinations, dental care & grooming

Barambah Veterinary Surgery uses the latest equipment and knowledge to provide the best possible care for all types of pets, big and small.

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