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God's Lipizzaners

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South African Lipizzaners Perform the Quadrille. Photo by Antoinette Middel

 

God's Lipizzaners

By Firn Hyde

 

    The stallion is as white as innocence, a sculpture of gleaming muscles touched with a grace and energy as old as lightning. His hoofbeats blend with the music around him as he dances on the spot, every hair shining. Suddenly, he freezes, for just the shadow of a second. The world holds its breath. He lifts himself on his hindlegs, forgetting how heavy he is, defying the laws that hold him to the earth.  He rises, forelegs folded as if in prayer. He leaps. The white whirlwind of his power blurs in the air as he arches his neck in a bow of muscle, hindlegs lashing out with a sudden savageness that snatches breath.

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American Quarter Horse

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The American Quarter Horse

Bethany G. Holt

    One of the world's most multi purpose breeds is the American Quarter Horse. The versatile American Quarter Horse can be found excelling in almost every equestrian pursuit, whether its the everyday schedule of a working cattle ranch or the seasonal demands of the glamorous show ring.

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Appaloosa

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The Appaloosa Horse

Mary Holt

    The Appaloosa horse is fascinating, colorful breed with an interesting American and European history.

The History of the Appaloosa Horse 

     In the 1500s, the Spaniards introduced horses, some carrying the spotted coat genetics, to Mexico. Horses rapidly spread throughout North America as many were used by the European settlers or the horses escaped and became wild. Often, Native American tribes captured and domesticated these feral horses. One tribe called The Nez Perce became excellent horsemen and breeders. They developed large herds of horses noted for their strength, intelligence, beauty and exotic coat colors.

Adventurous settlers roamed into the area of the Nez Perce tribe. Just as the Chincoteague pony, Tennessee Walking Horse or Missouri Fox Trotter, the Appaloosa’s name derives from their environment.To the settlers, the spotted horses became known as “A Palouse Horse” after the Palouse River, which runs through Northern Idaho close to the home of the Nez Perce. Eventually, the horse breed’s name changed to “Palousey,” “Appalousey,” and finally “Appaloosa."

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