Thought 4the day: We sit and think and star gaze often have you not noticed that horses and ponies do too? It makes you wonder what they are looking at and thinking about. Some i have noticed doze with chins rested on stable doors others spread out in their box or field completely abandonned to the world! They have no cares. When your out riding you get those that spook and their bodies arc around... the spook as eyes open wide and nostrils flair yet i found with some where they are intelligent and flight creatures if i look the other way i find that they take their eyes off of what they are looking at and wonder why my body weight is now leaning more the other way and what am i looking at! No two horses are the same but if they were wouldn't life be boring?? They are all unique and have their quirks and to be honest its the best thing about them :o))
Fact4 the day: One of the few indigenous breeds in South Africa, the Nooitgedacht pony is the only true descendant of the better-known Basuto pony. The Nooigedacht is a rare horse breed, with only about 400 purebreds in existence.
Development of this breed began in 1951 when the South African Department of Agriculture brought a nucleus group of Basuto-type ponies. In 1952 a breeding pr...oject began on the Nooitgedacht Research Station. This was done primarily to save the famous Basuto from extinction but also because South Africa needed an indigenous farm and riding horse adapted to conditions of the region.
Due to large-scale inbreeding in the past, the breeders at Nooitgedacht had to use extreme care. For this reason, a Boer stallion and a partbred Arab were used to a limited extent in addition to Vonk, a stallion selected from a departmental committee to be the founder of the breed. The progeny of Vonk dominated the breeding project to such an extent that nearly every member of the Nooitgedacht breed today is a descendant of Vonk through the sire, dam, or both. The foaling percentage was very high, ranging at 90 percent. So strict was the selection that only one in four ponies were kept.
Systematic breeding resulted in the gradual crystallization of a recognisable and uniform type, and breeders were able to start talking about a "breed". In 1967, breeding stock of these horses were supplied to eight studs, and they were established as part of the project.
In 1968, the Nooitgedacht Breeders' Association was formed by participants in the project. Breeding standards were established as guidelines for breeders and judges at shows. Satisfied that the development task had been completed, the Department of Agriculture Technical Services sold all of its horses by public auction in March 1977. The breeding project was then in the hands of the breeders' association, which had some sixty members in 1979.
In 1976, the Nooitgedacht pony was affiliated with the South African Stud Book Association as South Africa's first indigenous pony breed.
Quote 4the day:
A thousand horse and none to ride!
With flowing tail, and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,
... And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscarred by spur or rod,
A thousand horse, the wild, the free,
Like waves that follow o'er the sea,
Came thickly thundering on,...
~Lord Byron, XVII, Mazeppa, 1818