Thought, quote and fact for the day 6/12/11
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Thought, quote and fact for the day 6/12/11

Thought4 the day: To do wharts best and to know whats best? Have you ever looked in your tack box/shed and wondered why and how did i end up with that bit? Did i buy that? We all when we have a new horse sometimes wonder when they find their feet and start to test us if a snaffle is strong enough?? The answer should be yes in 90% of the cases but in the odd 10% where the horse may have been advert...ised as a snaffle mouth but is really something more like a kimblewick we have to climb the bit ladder to find the one that really works for both of you! I have to ride my boy in a rugby pelham if i put a snaffle in his mouth or anything lower then the pelham i would end up in france! Where he is a borderline false rig he sports the stallion crest and all the muscles to boot!!! He has the mood and temper of a stallion i would be fine in a snaffle if in a field but take us out and he sees another horse we would have no breaks and he would mount them rider or no rider!!! How did you and your friend come to find the right bit or in some cases bitless bridles?? We have a mare who loves bitless :o))
Fact4 the day: The Iomud is a light horse breed that developed in Turkmenistan as a natural descendant of the ancient Turkmene horses. It is used for riding and light draft work, and is known for its endurance and ability to withstand desert conditions.

Breed History

The Iomud is an ancient breed, closely related to the Akhal-Teke, and descendant from the old Turkmenian horses. The Iomud was d...eveloped in southern Turkmenistan by the Iomud tribe in the Tashauz oasis. During the 14th century, Arabian stallions were used to influence the breed. Over the centuries the breed has also been influenced by infusions of Kazakh, Mongolian, Turkmene, and more recently Akhal-Teke blood.

In order to preserve the breed, stud farms were established in Turkmenistan in 1983 and given the responsibility of establishing a breeding nucleus of 240-250 mares, up from early 1980s numbers of 140. A conservation farm was also established in the Kyzyl-Atrek district of Turkmenistan.

Breed Characteristics

The Iomud usually stands 14.1 t0 15 hands (57 t0 60 inches, 145 t0 152 cm) high, and is usually gray, but can also be chestnut, bay or black. They have a light head with a straight or slightly convex profile, set on a well-formed, rather thick neck. The shoulders are sloping, the chest deep and the withers prominent. The back is long and straight, usually with a slight depression towards the withers, and the croup is sloping. The legs are muscular, with clean joints, clearly defined tendons, and strong, well-formed hooves.

The breed has been strongly influenced by the desert and semi-desert conditions in which it was developed. Their desert upbringing has resulted in breed that is adapted to an ecosystem there is little water available. This endurance, combined with their natural jumping abilities, has made them a horse that is well-suited to eventing. The Iomud contributed significantly to the creation of the Lokai breed in Tajikistan
Quote4 the day: "The wife, the horse and the sword may be shew'd, but not lent."
-English Proverb
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