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Equine Science. The Study of Horses. Source: AgriScience: Fundamentals and Applications . Delmar Publishers. 1990. 2001 AgriTeach.com TM (42501ms). How do we use horses?. Pleasure riding Show Horses Working stock - riding, pulling Equestrian Sports - Riding, Rodeo, etc.

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equine science

Equine Science

The Study of Horses

Source: AgriScience: Fundamentals and Applications. Delmar Publishers. 1990.

2001 AgriTeach.comTM (42501ms)

how do we use horses
How do we use horses?
  • Pleasure riding
  • Show Horses
  • Working stock - riding, pulling
  • Equestrian Sports - Riding, Rodeo, etc.
  • Breeding Stock
how do horses help humans
How do horses help humans?
  • Provide an economic industry
  • Provide people with exercise
  • Provide stress relief
  • Brings family together (shows, pleasure)
  • Competition (rodeos, racing, etc.)
  • Work (ranch, farm, hunting, etc.)
  • Fun/pleasure
sex classifications
Sex Classifications
  • Foal
    • Newborn horse or pony
  • Filly
    • Young female horse or pony
  • Colt
    • Young male horse or pony
  • Mares
    • Mature female horse or pony
  • Geldings
    • Castrated male of horse family
  • Stallions
    • Adult, intact male horse or pony
breeds of horses
Breeds of Horses
  • Light Breeds
    • True Breeds
      • Registration papers
      • Parents of the same breed
      • Nearly 50 “True Breeds”
      • Arabian, Morgan, Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, etc.
      • Quarter Horse is the most popular in the U.S.
    • Color Breeds
      • Characteristics may be considered for registration
      • Need not have parents of the same breed
      • Palomino, American white, American crème, pinto
breeds of horses continued
Breeds of Horses, Continued
  • Coach Horses
    • Disappeared with the stage coach
    • Cleveland Bay is a remaining breed
  • Draft Horses
    • Used mostly for show or recreation today
    • Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire, Suffolk
  • Ponies
    • Smaller versions of the horse
    • Developed for their size (mining, etc.)
    • Today, are used as pets & for riding
horses are classified by height
Horses are Classified by Height
  • A hand is 4 inches
  • Measured from ground to top of “withers”
  • 14.2 hands = about 57 inches = 4’ 9”
  • Ponies are anything under 14.2 hands
  • Horses are anything at or over 14.2 hands
what age do i purchase
What Age Do I Purchase?
  • Younger horses
    • Usually need more training
    • Recommended for a more experienced rider
  • Older horses
    • Usually calmer, well broke
    • For less experienced riders
  • Prime of life is 5-12 years old
horse statistics
Horse Statistics
  • There is over ten million horses in the U.S..
  • Over $16 billion spent on horses annually.
  • Horse racing a BIG spectator sport
  • 75% of horses are owned for pleasure
  • 25% are for ranching, racing, breeding, and commercial riding
what horse enterprises are there
What Horse Enterprises are There?
  • Breeding
    • Breeding of mares
    • Offspring is sold
  • Training & Breaking
    • For show, competition, or racing
    • For individuals inexperienced in breaking
  • Boarding stables
    • Keeping horses (feed and care)
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Equine Science

The Study of Horses

Source: AgriScience: Fundamentals and Applications. Delmar Publishers. 1990.

2001 AgriTeach.comTM (42501ms)