Thought, fact and quote for the day 3/4/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 3/4/12

Thought 4the day: Many things in life are sent to confuse you or make you so happy perhaps judgment is impaired. Its the same with horses if you think about it. Some horses wear their hearts on their sleves others are hidden behind brick walls with thousands of locks and it can take months, years to finally get in. Doesn't this sound like us humans? Now why would a horse lock its heart away? If we... thought like them or behaved like them and were honest and true perhaps a horses life would be alot easier. Many horses and ponies have fallen on their hooves and are well loved, respected and cherished but there are a few out there that still scream silently for help. Its hearing them that is whats needed......
Quote 4the day: Some horses come into our lives and quickly go, but others leave hoofprints on our hearts that will never fade!
Fact 4the day: History


The history of the Westphalian horse is linked with the State Stud of Warendorf, which was founded in 1826 to serve the North Rhine-Westphalian region. The stud was built under the Prussian Stud Administration, which was put together by King Frederick William I in 1713 to improve horse breeding efforts in the German-speaking region. Government-owned studs, iden...tified as "State" or "Principal" studs depending on whether the facility keeps its own herd of mares, purchase stallions that fit the needs of the surrounding region. The stud fees of state-owned stallions are low, enabling local breeders to produce high-quality horses from heavy drafts to riding horses to ponies.

The first stallions to stand at Warendorf were from East Prussia, and so were similar to Trakehners of the time. These horses were riding horses with Thoroughbred blood, suitable for the courtiers to ride and use in cavalry. As the human population between the Rhine and Weser rivers grew, the demand shifted to a medium-heavy all-purpose farm horse to cope with the increase in agriculture. The noble East Prussian stallions were replaced with heavy warmbloods from Oldenburg and East Frisia.

The turn of the 20th century saw the heavy warmbloods outdone in the region by the more suitable Rhenish Cold Blood. These horses were better able to pull heavy plows and artillery, and so while they were principally bred around the Wickrath State Stud, warmblood sires at Warendorf were gradually replaced by cold bloods. The revolutions in automotive and agricultural technology that these heavy horses helped make possible made them obsolete in turn. In 1957 the Wickrath State Stud was dissolved as the heavy horses fell out of favor.The stock of warmblood horses was replenished with mares and stallions from nearby Hannover, on which the modern Westphalian is based.

The Federal Riding School was incorporated to the state stud in 1968. It is the site of the training and examination of nationally-licensed professional riders and instructors, and is also home to the German Equestrian Olympic Committee. Warendorf also hosts stallion performance tests annually.
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