Thought, fact and quote for the day 2/10/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 2/10/12

Quote 4the day: horses are not just something to take us for a ride in some cases they are field companions and deserve just as much love and understanding..
 
 
 
Fact 4the day: A pinto horse has a coat color that consists of large patches of white and any other color. The distinction between "pinto" and "solid" can be tenuous, as so-called "solid" horses frequently have areas of white hair. Various cultures throughout history appear to have selectively bred for pinto patterns.

Many breeds of horse carry pinto patterns. Pinto coloring, known simply as "co...loured" in nations using British English, is most popular in the United States. While pinto colored horses are not a "breed," several competing color breed registries have formed to encourage the breeding of pinto-colored horses.

Pinto patterns are visually and genetically distinct from the leopard complex spotting patterns characteristic of horses such as the Appaloosa. Breeders who select for color are often careful not to cross the two patterns, and registries that include spotting color preferences often will refuse registration to horses who exhibit characteristics of the "wrong" pattern.

Origins

Although pinto coloration is rare in the wild, people have always had an eye for animals of unusual colors and a desire to deliberately breed for them. Images from pottery and other art of ancient antiquity show horses with flashy spotted patterns. Images of spotted horses appear in the art of Ancient Egypt, and archaeologists have found evidence of horses with spotted coat patterns on the Russian steppes before the rise of the Roman Empire. Later, spotted horses were among those brought to the Americas by the Conquistadors.

By the 17th century in Europe, spotted horses were quite fashionable, though when the fad ended, large numbers of newly-unsellable horses were shipped to the Americas, some for sale, and others simply turned loose to run wild. The color became popular, particularly among Native Americans, and was specifically bred for in the United States, which now has the greatest number of pinto horses in the world.
 
 
 
Thought 4the day: foal to full grown horse, field companion to someone who wants to be ridden, happy hacker to professional dressage/ show jumper... some horses need jobs to be happy some just need a herd to be happy. Each is unique and each has their own path in life to follow lets hope their paths join our own so that we can trundle along in peace and harmony and understand each others needs.... sometimes it takes a while to get there... two years in my own personal case but then some horses take longer to settle and trust and want to belong just give them time...
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