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Friesians And Gypsy Cobs - Draft Horses

Friesian draft breed is rooted in Friesland, Northwestern Europe, which is now a part of the Netherlands. The original stock was descended from the order of Equus robustus (the big horse). In the 16th and 17th centuries, Andalusian lineage was introduced to the bloodline in the form of Spanish stallions which were abandoned on the battlefield during the war between the Spanish and the Dutch. This new blood endowed the Friesian line with higher knee action, smaller heads, and arching necks. Description and CharacteristicsThe Friesian is one of the smaller draft horses, in stature and weight. In order for Friesians to be deemed purebred, and allowed to be used for breeding stock for a purebred line, they must be at least 14. 3 hands (57. 2 in. , or 145. 3 cm. ) at the shoulder. And the subject must be solid black with no white markings on the legs or body. The typical height is 15. 3 to 16. 1 hands (155. 4 to 163. 6 cm. , or 61. 2 to 64. 4 in. ). The Friesian is heavily boned, and the adult averages ab...


Buying Your First Horse - A Practical Guide

Spring is here, and the warmer weather is on the way. As the grass starts to grow, the sun appears and nothing seems so attractive as meandering down those country lanes or cantering up the bridle paths on your own horse. If you have only ever ridden at a riding school before, buying your first horse will be a real experience for you - and one you shouldn't go without doing some careful thinking and planning first. A horse should be your trusted companion for some time - you owe it to him to make sure you pick the right one for you. There is nothing worse for a horse than to be sold on time and time again because he was bought by the wrong person. The person selling your ideal horse will be keen to make sure you are right for him and may even seem reluctant to part with him - if you ever feel you are being pressured into making a decision it is probably not the right horse to buy! This article tries to give the first time buyer some tips. Where should I look for my perfect horse?Horses are advertised in magaz...


Is A Steel Building Safe To Use As A Horse Barn?

More and more people are using steel buildings for many different reasons. First of all, steel buildings are very versatile because they are used as sport arenas, garages, and even homes. They are quick to build, which is great for companies needing steel buildings because of the rapid changes they undergo. There's also no more having to wait months on end for a new building to be built for incredibly large amounts of money. Steel buildings are affordable as well. But what about the people wishing to use a steel building as a horse barn? Is it safe? Well, let's put it this way: If a steel building can be made into a home in which people live, then there is no reason why a steel building cannot be used to house horses. That is rather amazing for a building material that was considered to be unusual just a century ago. Steel wasn't mass produced until 1855 and it still took time for the versatility and the benefits to be recognized. The physical and the chemical characteristics of steel make it ideal for bui...


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