Fact4 the day: Sport horse, or Sporthorse, is a term used to describe a type of horse, rather than any particular breed. The term generally refers to horses bred for the traditional Olympic equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing, show jumping, and combined driving. The precise definition varies. In the United States, horses used in hunt seat and show hunter competition are often classed ...as sport horses, whereas the British show hunter is classified as a show horse.
Horses used for western riding disciplines, Saddle seat, or any form of horse racing are generally not described as sport horses.
Sport horses are bred for specific qualities in their conformation, movement, and temperament. The purpose and breeding of sport horses across the world varies little, but the exact definition of a "sport horse" differs slightly from country to country. In the United Kingdom, the term "sport horse" refers to any horse suitable for dressage, eventing or show jumping. In the USA, the definition is broader, sometimes encompassing horses used in any of the hunt seat disciplines.
Worldwide, the breeding of sport horses is overseen by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. The WBFSH acts as a connection between sport horse breeding organizations and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).
Characteristics common to quality sport horses include the following:
Conformation: most sport horses have similarities in their conformation. These include a sloping shoulder, "turned-over" neck, and uphill build. Conformation has direct effects on the animal's movement and jumping ability.
Movement: although movement may vary between disciplines, most sport horses are bred for a long, athletic stride and movement that uses the whole body. The trot and canter should have good suspension, and the horse naturally reaches under his body with his hind legs. This movement makes it easier for the rider to teach the horse to engage, collect, and extend his stride, which are necessary qualities in all sport horse disciplines.
Jumping ability: horses bred for the jumping disciplines also possess good jumping form, with tight lower legs and good bascule. They are also bred to have conformation that allows them to jump higher.
Temperament: because of the great deal of training needed to produce a successful sport horse, they are generally bred for trainability and willingness to work. Horses intended for Olympic-level may be bred a bit "hotter," which can be controlled by their experienced riders and used to his or her advantage, while those intended for amateur use are generally bred to be quieter and more forgiving.
Quote 4the day: Why did this animal that had prospered so in the Colorado desert leave his amiable homeland for Siberia? There is no answer. We know that when the horse negotiated the land bridge... he found on the other end an opportunity for varied development that is one of the bright aspects of animal history. He wandered into France and became the mighty Percheron, and into Arabia, where he d...eveloped into a lovely poem of a horse, and into Africa where he became the brilliant zebra, and into Scotland, where he bred selectively to form the massive Clydesdale. He would also journey into Spain, where his very name would become the designation for gentleman, a caballero, a man of the horse. There he would flourish mightily and serve the armies that would conquer much of the known world.
Thought 4the day: Facing your fear or your horse facing theirs? Who has the fear at times you or the horse? Do they feed off of your fear or do you feed off of theirs? Horses can spook as they are as we all know flight creatures. Some have justified fears and others genuine fears of weird objects as they would put it but we would say just being silly! Henry has a massive genuine fear of donkies! C...allie has a fear of seeing her reflection in a parked car!!! Not the car itsself lol Rosie has a fear of peacocks but only when they fan their tails out and rattle them! The weird thing is we have emu's living by our track yet they walk by these birds that charge at them and fluff themselves out and making weird noises!!! Then we have our fears it can be we don't like doing certain things on our horses from bad experiances in the past putting a mental block on it. If we get that block we then pass it onto our horse and wonder why they don't like it. Horses can mirror image us as they are us if you have that unique bond. You do become one just as your fears do but you need to try to not let those fears surface and literally ride past or through whatever it is. Your all brave as are your wonderful horses!! Who will admit what there fears are? Mine was jumping after having two ribs cracked but now on anyother horse i can do it. I swollow that fear as it still swells upside and make myself determined and simply do it!