Thought, fact and quote for the day 9/9/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 9/9/12

Quote 4the day: Every leopard can change its spots as there is only misunderstood horses and in another homes those spots might turn into a shinning pegasus :o)
Fact 4the day: The Turkoman horse, or Turkmene, was an Oriental horse breed from the steppes of Central Asia, now extinct. Modern descendants include the Akhal-Teke and the Yamud horse breeds. Horses bred in Turkmenistan are still referred to as Turkoman, and have similar characteristics. They have influenced many other horse breeds, including the Thoroughbred horse.

The Turkoman was noted for its endurance. It had a slender body, similar to a greyhound. Although refined in appearance, the breed was actually one of the toughest in the world. They had a straight profile, long neck, and sloping shoulders. Their back was long, with sloping quarters and tucked-up abdomen. They had long and muscular legs. The horses ranged from 15–16 hands.
The coat of a Turkomen horse could have been of any color, and usually possessed a metallic glow. This was due to a change in the structure of the individual hair. Many theories have been formulated to explain why hair of the Turkomen and its descendants shines, but none explain why the Turkoman horses in particular benefitted from this genetic difference and why other horses would not.

The breed was developed from an ancient Oriental horsekeeping tradition and breeding philosophy. The horses were raised in an unusual manner, with the mares kept in semi-wild herds that have to defend themselves against the weather and predators and finding their own food. Male foals, colts were caught at six months, when their training begun. The colts were kept on long tethers, usually for life. At only eight months of age, they were saddled and ridden by young and lightweight riders, racing on the track, by the age of one. These horses were bred for racing. They had free-flowing movements and a good temperament.
The Turkoman horses were fed a special high-protein diet of broiled chicken, barley, dates, raisins, alfalfa, and mutton fat. They wore thick felt blankets to cause sweating on hot days, keeping them slender and free from body fat.
How much the Arabian and the Turkoman have been crossed in the past is open to debate. There are those who believe that this was never done, on either side; and it may well be that in remote places like the Nejd the core Arabian was kept "pure," just as the Turkoman would have been kept "pure" by the most remote tribes of Turkmen.
However, it is very likely that there was some intermingling between these two types of Oriental horses, especially where their borders met. Turkoman stallions were kept for use by the elite palace guards of the Caliph of Baghdad, and that it was these stallions which the Caliph used for breeding with his Arabian mares. It may have been from these horses that the Muniq'i strain of Arabian arose, a strain with known crosses to Turkoman horses some time during the 17th century.
Thought 4the day: Can leopards change their spots? Now if i was talking about an actual leopard then of course not but horses can change and do change as we have to change what we are doing or what has been done first to enable them to want or ask for the assistance to change. Never force them as it then becomes a battle of wills. It should be a comfortable easy change that makes them happy, safe ...and secure and above all respect and trust and eventually bond. Horses sometimes simply need to be horses. We turned out a young'un who seemed scared of the big bad world (from his eyes) and what was outside in a huge space scared him wittless. His now only after a short time enjoying herd life. Moving around with ease not running around in a lather. Walking up behind people and asking politely for a fuss and waiting if they are a little busy til he can have their full attention. So to me yes all leopards of the horse variety eventually with the right homes/people/attitiudes etc can change their spots :o)
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