Thought, Fact and Quote for the day 30/11/11
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Thought, Fact and Quote for the day 30/11/11

 Thought 4the day: We humans have so many emotions of things like guilt, love, loss, saddness, happiness but have you ever thought about horses and ponies feelings? We love our horses and ponies and want to give them whats best but sometimes people might not realising that they could be suffering hidden deep inside their bodies undetectable to the naked eye.... if you know and trust your horse or those horses around you listen to them. · ·
     Fact4 the day: The Messara (also known as Cretan horse) is a light riding and draft horse found on the island of Crete off the coast of Greece.
    History

    The native mountain-type Messara pony exists on the island of Crete since year 1000 or longer. The name comes from the Mesara Plain where they are mostly found. The modern Cretan horse was developed by crossing the native mares on Arabian stallio...ns imported during the Turkish occupation in the 17th century. It is now a rare breed with around 100 representatives. Since 1994 there exists a studbook and a conservation programme has been started.

    Characteristics

    The main coat colours found in the Messara are bay, brown (a variation of bay), black and gray. They usually stand between 12.2 and 14 hands (50 and 56 inches, 127 and 142 cm) high. They retain have some characteristics of their Arabian ancestors. Most Messara ponies have a natural pacing gait that is easy and comfortable to ride. They are very good at walking on rocky ground and uneven surfaces.

    Uses

    Messara ponies are used for light farm work and for transportation but more and more also for riding and racing. The stallions are often crossed with female donkeys (Jennies) to produce hinnies.
     
    Quote4 the day: Trust in God, but tie your horse. ~ Anonymous
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