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Our “Horsey Talk” blog is a great platform to share equestrian news, horse articles and product reviews. It’s all about making sure our visitors get great relevant equestrian information and that it makes for good reading too! Horsey Talk is bound to be one of the best horse blogs in South Afirca.

Horse Breeds - Decoding the top 30 Horse Breeds

Horse Breeds – Decoding the top 30 Horse Breeds

Over the next 30 weeks The South African Equestrian Directory will explore and decode the various top 30 horse breeds found around the world. We will provide you with vital statistics on each horse breed, the Origin of each horse breed, the character and personality traits as well as the skills of each horse breed and other interesting facts about each horse breed.

The definition of horse breeding is the reproduction of horses by pairing specific purebred breeds of horses together by means of purposed human intervention. Planned matings can produce specific characteristics and traits and exclude negative characteristics at the same time. To breed horses is a very expensive process where proper planning and knowledge needs to be maintained to achieve the set out results. A purebred horse usually has more value than a horse with a mixed breed and some horse disciplines require a specific breed so an in-depth knowledge of bloodlines needs to be considered as some bloodlines cross better with others.

Click on each horse breed link below as we unveil them week by week. We will cover the following horse breeds:

  • Andalusian
  • Appaloosa
  • Arab
  • Bashkir Curly
  • Clydesdale
  • Connemara
  • Dartmoor
  • Falabella
  • Fjord
  • Friesian
  • Haflinger
  • Icelandic
  • Irish Draught Sport Horse
  • Lipizzaner
  • Lusitano
  • Missouri
  • Foxtrotter
  • Morgan
  • Mustang
  • Paint Horse
  • Paso Fino
  • Percheron
  • Pony of the Americas
  • Quarter Horse
  • Saddlebred
  • Selle Français (French Saddle Horse)
  • Shetland
  • Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Thoroughbred
  • Trakehner
  • Welsh Pony
  • We trust you will enjoy these articles and welcome your comments at the end of each article and invite you to like and share it on our Facebook Page.

    If you are looking for specific horse breed stud farms in your area or would like to enroll in a horse breeding program, you can search our Business Listings on our Horse breeding page.

    Colic in Horses - Tell tale signs

    How to tell if your horse has colic?

    Every horse owner dreads their horse getting colic, but how do we detect this fatal disease early and how do we prevent our horse from getting colic?

    What is colic in horses?

    Colic in horses is simply abdominal pain caused by gas and grain overload and can cause severe distress in horses and lead to death if untreated. Horse colic is the number one horse killer! Once you detect colic in your horse, it is vital to get an equine vet to see to your horses urgently. You can recognize colic in your horse by the following symptoms:

  • Frequent stretching or looking like your horse is trying to urinate often.
  • Pawing the ground.
  • Lack of faecal production or diarrhea.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Sweating, trembling, agitation or depression.
  • Rolling or thrashing.
  • Lying down all the time or standing and lying repeatedly (restless)
  • Curling the upper lip.
  • Biting.

  • If your horse displays any of these symptoms, have an equine vet perform a colic check immediately!

    Your horse vet will check things like the colour of his eyes and mouth as the mucous membranes’ colour can indicate his state of pain. Whether pale or red and purple which means your horse is in toxic shock.
    Your equine vet will also check his heart rate (normal is 25 – 40 pulses per minute), his breathing (normal is 6 – 12 breaths per minute), his temperature (normal is 26.5 – 28.5ºC) and noises (or in some cases severe lack of noise) coming from your horse’s gut.

    What is the treatment for horse colic?

    In most cases (about 90%) horses can be treated with medicines at the yard and do not have to be hospitalized if they’re responding well to these medicines. However, in severe cases your horse would need to be hospitalized to be treated against dehydration for example and perhaps even get surgery to repair damage to intestines. This is where you need to make sure you have sufficient horse insurance to cover colic as a surgical procedure.

    How do you prevent your horse from getting colic?

    Unfortunately not all colic in horses can be prevented but you can severely decrease chances of your horse getting colic by applying proper and consistent management with the following basic rules:

  • Make sure your horse always has fresh water at hand throughout the day.
  • Regular exercise is important.
  • Obtain the correct balance in his food between roughage and concentrates.
  • Regular de-worming and administering probiotics to control the parasites in his gut.
  • Never make any sudden changes in your horse’s diet but rather transition gradually one factor at a time.

  • In a nutshell, get an equine nutritionist to advise you on the correct food program for your horse, exercise him daily and keep a close eye daily on his behavior so as to detect any irregularities early!

    Which horse treats do horses prefer?

    Horse treats:

    Sometimes you need to feed your horse a supplement or medication, and she just won’t cooperate. So how can you make it more appealing? Which horse treat do horses actually prefer?

    We all like to give horse treats to reward good behaviour. Sometimes we need to give our horses something especially tasty to get them to take their medicine. Or just because we love to make them happy.

    So which flavour do horses like the most?

    You probably would guess peppermint, molasses, or carrot. Maybe even chocolate.

    Those might be great for you, but it turns out these rank pretty low among horsey favorites.

    How about oats? Or bran? Don’t horses love bran mashes?

    Nope. Not those, either.

    OK, how about apples. Surely, the must rank way up there in horsey favorites.

    Afraid not.

    So what do horses love the most? You won’t believe the answer.

    Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD at the University of Southampton, England, tested equine choices in horse treats on 12 different flavours (including peppermint). The results were published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science (2008). The three top horse treats that horses loved were:

    1. Fenugreek

    2. Banana

    3. Cherry

    Peppermint ranked 7th. (Fenugreek is a spice you can buy at the supermarket)

    So next time you want to reward your horse with a treat, try mixing in some Fenugreek into your oats balls or try a bunch of bananas or cherries!!