Thought, fact and quote for the day 19/4/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 19/4/12

Thought 4the day: Each horse is different and unique and excels on some things better then others. Some do not like jumping others seem to love it! Then you have others who get bored being schooled and yet they love going out for hacks and be schooled whilst going along the roads! If each horse and pony were the same wouldn't life be boring?? Some walk out and love where they are going others are slow and steady but they will get there in the end too but just at their pace.... whats your friends favourite and worst things? My boy Henry loves being out and about but hates being schooled and more so jumping he simply switches off!!!
Quote 4the day: Bitless or bit... shoes or unshod... tree or treeless... ask your friend which suits them best..
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 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.
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