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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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    1. Equine Science The Study of Horses Source: AgriScience: Fundamentals and Applications. Delmar Publishers. 1990. 2001 AgriTeach.comTM (42501ms)

    2. How do we use horses? • Pleasure riding • Show Horses • Working stock - riding, pulling • Equestrian Sports - Riding, Rodeo, etc. • Breeding Stock

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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)

    11. Equine Science The Study of Horses Source: AgriScience: Fundamentals and Applications. Delmar Publishers. 1990. 2001 AgriTeach.comTM (42501ms)