Extinct breeds

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It is sad to think about, but more horse breeds are extinct than there are those that are living. And while this is true for most species, it is even sadder to think about because humans and horses are so connected from a historical standpoint. Many of the ancient horses have either been interbred with different species, or lived in such remote locations that they were unable to spread any further than their small native lands.

However, some good has come out of human interaction with horses, and that is the creation of new breeds. Some breeds such as Thoroughbreds have become the standard for race horses, meaning that many breeds that may have become extinct have been perpetuated through cross-breeding with such breeds.

The future

It is difficult to say what the future holds, but we do know that some breeds will become crossed with other breeds and our conservation efforts have become greater throughout the years. This means that many breeds that may have gone extinct without our help can now thrive and become more relevant on a global scale.

The fact is, nobody can really stop species from going extinct, but what we can do is be more mindful of our impact on nature and do our part to preserve these beautiful species. There is no doubt that humans have been a detriment to many species, but we have also saved many others. Horses and humans will always be close in our evolution, and hopefully we can work to better protect them.

The fastest horse

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When people think about horses, there are a number of questions that run through their mind. What is the oldest horse? What is the fastest horse? What is the biggest horse? Well, all of these are pretty subjective and the answer may differ depending on who you ask. However when it comes to speed, there is one answer that many can agree upon, and that is the Thoroughbred. Thoroughbred racing horses are some of the fastest worldwide, and many of the winners of the most prominent races in the world have been thoroughbreds such as Secretariat.

Part of a long lineage of selective breeding, the Thoroughbred is not only inherently one of the fastest breeds, but has been widely accepted as the only option for breeding racing horses. And although there are options to go with other breeds, the competitive nature of horse racing almost demands a Thoroughbred.

Why are they so fast?

Well of course part of the answer to this is genetics, but other factors do come into play. Much like dogs, horse breeds have developed over the years to serve the purpose that people intended them for. Much like a Labrador is bred for hunting, the Thoroughbred is bred for racing. The inherent biology of their breed combined with the ways in which they are and continue to be bred both contribute to their speed and aptitude for racing. Humans play a large role in determining how breeds will behave, and this is incredibly evident with the racing Thoroughbred.

Gaining popularity

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Horse racing has long been a sport of prestige throughout Europe and the United States. Often enjoyed by royalty and other high ranking officials, horse racing has always had amount of class to it, and many people enjoy its grace and historical relevance. In the early days of the United States, settlers would have local horse races along flat areas of land, which led to the formation of a number of new breeds that are still found in horse racing today.

The English Thoroughbred, which comprises most of the racing horses in the world is a very old breed that is still used today. In fact, almost every breed of race horse is crossed with the Thoroughbred or the Arabian, another breed notorious for its speed. And while historically, there was a bit of a lull in horse racing’s popularity, it is back in a big way.

Reasons for the resurgence

There are many reasons for which horse racing is gaining in popularity, one of which is that it is better covered in media. Today, many people are at least aware of the Kentucky Derby, largely as the result of sports networks paying more attention to it. In addition, there are a number of smaller races that these networks also cover, leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

In addition, there are a number of adaptations of famous racing horses, such as Seabiscuit, which not only covers some of the greatest moments in racing history, but also highlights the historical importance.

The joy of racing

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Horse racing has long been an American past time, from the early times in the country to present day. Some of the greatest horse stock has been featured in racing throughout the years, and today, it is still a large sub-section of the horse breeding industry. Considered one of the greatest sports in history, horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people around the globe.

Some of the breeds associated with horse racing are the quarterhorse, Thoroughbred, Arabian, and others. All of these horses, which are considered hot blooded, are often temperamental, fiery, and above all, fast. Unlike their cold blooded counterparts, which are mainly used for draft work, these breeds are some of the greatest achievements in horse breeding.

The future of horse racing

In the future, we can expect to see even more selective breeding and perhaps other breeds being created as a result. Thoroughbreds and quarterhorses are often interbred, leading to a greater stock and some of the fastest horses the world has ever seen. Much like the rest of the breeding industry, we may get to see other breeds that have different characteristics than existing ones.

When it comes to horse racing, there is more complicated issues to get into, but what we have today is something that incorporates hundreds, maybe thousands of years of breeding, and brings it all together in a wonderful sport. Like the rest of horse breeding, what you get from racing is a breeding of necessity and a way in which we can keep horses as a rich part of our history.

Why horses are so important to us

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Horses have been a part of our culture since America was America, and even long before that. Historically, horses were used all over the world for transportation, agriculture, and warfare, which had helped people gain a number of advantages in how the lived and who they were able to conquer. Throughout the years, while horses do not play as large of a part in our daily lives, they are still an important form of recreation and commerce.

Today, horses are used primarily as a source of entertainment, but before, they were used for virtually everything. Brought to the US by a number of different settlers from around the world, horses are of many different breeds and nationalities, which means they are bred for different purposes and with different temperaments.

Horses today

Today, breeds from around the world have all combined in many different ways in order to create horses adept at doing a number of different tasks. Breeding for both work and pleasure has hit new peaks wherein there is essentially a horse tailor made for any specific task. We live in a golden age during which we are able to find a horse for any solution without needing to count on them in order to live.

Horses will always be a part of the world and its history, and through technological advancements, we are now able to raise breeding standards to brave new heights. In the future, it will be interesting to see how breeding practices in the future will lead to a new era of horse breeding.

Different horse breeds

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Not only are horses a large part of American culture, but they are a large part of cultural worldwide on a historical scale. Horses gave civilizations a number of advantages in terms of transportation, agriculture, and warfare. Today, we are not as reliant on them, but they are still a part of how we live.

Depending on the breed, horses can be used for a variety of tasks. Working horses, show horses, and race horses all have different breeds and temperaments, which make them ideal for specific tasks. Now we will go into the main differences between warm and cold blooded animals.

Warm blooded versus cold blooded

While warm blooded and cold blooded are not official terms, these are the two main differences between the breeds. In general, warm blooded horses such as Arabians are more skittish and fiery, hence the name. They are primarily used as race horses as well as show horses. In general, warm blooded horses are faster.

Cold blooded horses are typically larger animals designed for agricultural work. They are more mild-mannered and much less likely to buck or take off running. The most recognizable cold blooded draft horse is the Clydesdale, which appeared on the Budweiser ads.

Conclusion

There are much more differences between the breeds, but this is a basic overview of warm blooded versus cold blooded animals. In addition, there are some breeds that are a good combination of the two that can be used for either racing or draft work.