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Why You Should Consider An OTTB

  • Gretchen Foels
  • Sep 8, 2021
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As the horse racing season comes to an end at many tracks, you may notice some ads for off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Abbreviated as OTTB, these horses retire from racing for a number of reasons. They may have been too slow and not interested in running or sustained an injury that has ended their career. Many are…

When Do Horses Stop Growing?

You may be wondering if your horse has reached their full size. This question is frequently asked by horse owners. It can be helpful to know for suitability purposes. Some riders need a tall, broad horse and others want to show in the pony division. Ultimately, your horse’s height…

Let’s Talk Zebras… the Other Equus

 Zebras are actually in the same genus family as horses, Equus.

While looking more into zebras I found that there are three main types of them, but all of them are native to Africa. There are the plains zebra, the mountain zebra, and the grevy zebra. 

Plains zebras live in…

Horses of the Wild West

The Wild West wouldn’t have been the same without horses. After all, every cowboy needs a trusty steed. Beginning after the Civil War and ending around 1895, the American Frontier was known for its pioneers, outlaws, and gunslingers.

Similar to modern times, these folks had different breeds of horses. Each…

Top Three Dog Breeds That Make the Best Ranch Hand

Great ranching dog breeds must be confident in their work, obedient, and athletic. Dogs have not only been “man’s best friend” but also dedicated workers since the beginning of time. From sun up to sun down they are a loyal companion for anyone out there looking for the best…

Five of the World’s Rarest Horse Breeds

The American Cream Draft
Known for its beautiful champagne or cream color and amber eyes, the American Cream Draft horse originated in the early 1900’s and is the only draft breed native to the U.S. still in existence. The breed began with a cream-colored draft mare called “Old Granny” who…

More Than Just A Color: The American Paint Horse

I have always been a long-time fan of the American Paint Horse. Maybe that’s because my heart horse is a Paint and has left an undeniable mark on my soul or maybe it’s because I’ve always been obsessed with the relationship Native American Indians have had with these horses…

The Chincoteague Ponies

During the month of July, the Saltwater Cowboys gear up for the annual Pony Swim celebration in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Those that enjoyed Marguerite Henry’s popular book, Misty of Chincoteague, may already be familiar with this spectacular event. The main attraction is a bunch of Chincoteague Ponies. They are…

5 Beautiful Coat Colors in Horses

Horses come in a variety of coat colors. Some of the more popular ones include bay, chestnut, black and grey. There are also a handful of more unique colors, such as buckskin, palomino and pinto. Each coat color is created by a horse’s genetic profile. In many cases, the…

The Best Barn Dog Breeds

Over the years, dogs have played the role of companion, guardian, herder, and much more! It’s rare to find a farm without a dog. In modern days, most people see them as companions, but they can also have important roles. Many keep predators away, handle pest control, herd cattle…