Thought, Quote and Fact for the day 26/12/11
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Thought, Quote and Fact for the day 26/12/11

Thought 4the day: Have you noticed how another year has passed so quickly? Its flown by and our horses have stood firmly by our side thru all the weird weather and not asked us for anything but our friendship and companionship. It will be the start of a new year soon. What do you have planned with your horse/pony? Henry is off work for a few months with his legs being stiff. It happens every winte...r since that dog attacked him. Sausage i will be working with for a while to help her past fears out and about and possible start some egb with her so help her as it worked wonders for henry! I know the founder wants to take up egb again on callie and a few of the girls want to try it too so looks like a fun packed year ahead. We will meet many people and many horses and help both. We try to help the people with the horses too so that they can keep their friend. We are not here to judge just help and rehome, rehabiliate and make the horses better that do come in to us. I can forsee many more 4 legged friends coming thru our gates and all will be welcomed with open arms. We hope to rehome some too to the special homes that are out there :o) This year has seen 21 come in and 6 rehomed. We have 32 in our care. Some are ready to find those homes now. Frosty is one who wants to go out and make some children happy or we will find her a rider to have her here for a while who knows :o) Noone knows what the future holds. All we know is horses will always be in ours :o))
Fact4 the day; A palfrey is a type of horse highly valued as a riding horse in the Middle Ages. It is not a breed.

The word "palfrey" is cognate with the German word for horse (of any type), "Pferd". Both descend from Latin "paraveredus", meaning a post horse or courier horse. The German term for a palfrey, meanwhile, is Zelter, which literally means "ambler" and is cognate with the Icelandic tölt.

The term 'palfrey' usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages, sometimes equalling the knight's destrier in price. Consequently, it was popular with nobles, ladies and highly-ranked knights for riding, hunting and ceremonial use.

The significant characteristic of the palfrey was that, rather than trotting, it usually possessed a smooth, ambling gait. The amble was the name given to a group of smooth, four-beat gaits faster than a walk, but slower than a canter or gallop. The trot is a two-beat gait, about 8 mph, suitable for covering a lot of ground relatively quickly. However, the horse also has a bit of a spring in its motion as it switches diagonal pairs of legs with each beat, and thus can be rough for a rider, and jostles about packs or weaponry to a considerable degree. The amble is about as fast as the trot, not tiring for a horse that performs it naturally, and much smoother for the rider. Thus, because much ground transportation in the Middle Ages was on horseback, with long distances to be covered, a smooth-gaited horse was much desired.

An amble is achieved by the horse when it moves with a four-step rhythm, either derived from the two-beat lateral gait known as the pace or from the diagonal trot, with the two beats broken up so there are four. There are several variations, but most either have a lateral sequence of footfalls (left hind, left front, right hind, right front), or a diagonal sequence (left hind, right front, right hind, left front). In either case, only one foot is all the way off the ground at a time. Such a gait can be maintained for long distances, and sometimes at considerable speed.

Ambling horses are now uncommon in Europe. They were effectively replaced by trotting horses for several reasons. The first was that travel by carriage became more common, and trotting horse breeds were generally larger and stronger, more suited to the job at hand. Another reason was the rise of the Thoroughbred and other breeds developed for horse racing and for light cavalry, both of which required horses able to gallop for substantial periods of time. Breeds swift at the gallop also tend to trot rather than pace or amble.

The smooth ambling gaits today have many names, including the single-foot, the stepping pace, the tolt, the rack, the paso corto, and the fox trot (see ambling). Though ambling horses are less common today than in the Middle Ages, there are still many ambling breeds, particularly in North America where today they are referred to as gaited horses. Some of these breeds include the Missouri Fox Trotter, Tennessee Walking Horse, Icelandic horse and a sub-group within the American Saddlebred. The Paso Fino and the Peruvian Paso, breeds developed in Latin America, perform two or three different ambling gaits of varying speed, and are probably the closest modern descendants of the medieval palfrey.
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