Tuesday, April 09, 2013

H is for....

...of course. 
Horses are among the many favourite animals I have. I love horses despite being a little scared of them. I never had a horse but I always knew people with horses so I was around them once in a while. As a little girl, probably like every little girl, I wanted a pony, but of course that didn't happen. I also always wanted to take riding lessons, which also never happened. There was a small paddock with three ponies close to our house growing up, and on my daily bike rides I would stop there and just pet them over the fence. I could do that for hours without getting bored, and when mom was looking for me she knew exactly where to find me. 

Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe. There are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world today, developed for many different uses.

My all time favourite horse breed is the Draft Horse.While other horses strike you with their magical grace and beauty, draft horses are shear power, strenght and size. 

To this day, when I am out driving, I stop at paddocks and just sit and watch the horses. They are just such a beautiful animal. However being around my other equine friends weekly, I find the short ears on such a large head rather odd looking. :) 


S. L. Hennessy said...

There's a field of horses near me. I love watching them run. They're so beautiful.

Happy A through Z posting.

Lynn Proctor said...

wow, what a gorgeous horse--we have horses not far from our house :)

Rebecca said...

I've always been a big horse fan! Good luck with the rest of the A to Z challenge.


Crystal Collier said...

Now you've got me singing the Mr. Ed theme song. =) Beautiful horse there. My artistic endeavors began at the ripe old age of three as I struggled to draw the perfect horse. Seriously, is there any other animal out there as awesome?

Laeli said...

I have a thing for draft horses too! The first time I ever rode was on a horse who must have been part draft. The dude said to me, "we'll put you on Charlie, he's about as big as that garden shed" And well, what do you know? He was!