Dear Horse Facts Fans,

For several years we’ve posted all kinds of blogs about horse breeds, horse care, and horse anything. For awhile, we’re taking a break, but we have dozens and dozens of blogs in here about over 50 horse breeds with lots of nice pictures. Browse our past blogs by going to the SEARCH box on the right column. Plug in any horse breed or horsie topic and enjoy the true/false horse facts quiz. Visit some blogs where I wrote about all the horses that enriched my life over the years. And keep on riding!

REX

Rex, my all-time favorite horse, who went over the horsie rainbow bridge a long time ago. I still miss this horse so much.

Visit my website, http://www.marshahubler.com

There is lots of “horsie stuff” there too!

Today’s Horse Facts: Pole Bending and Barrel Racing Review

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Do you know what pole bending and barrel racing are? If you read my last blog post, you do know what they are. Have you seen either at a rodeo? Can you remember what pattern riders use while barrel racing? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:

  1. Barrel racing originally developed as an event for men.
  2. Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider running a weaving path around eight poles arranged in a line.
  3. It is believed that barrel racing first saw competitive light in the state of Texas.
  4. In pole bending each pole is 21 feet apart.
  5. Each pole is six feet high with a base of no more than 14 inches in diameter.
  6. Pole bending combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely maneuver a horse through a cloverleaf pattern.
  7. Both boys and girls compete at the youth level in barrel racing.
  8. Pole bending is usually seen in high school rodeos.
  9. In barrel racing, the figure-eight pattern was eventually dropped in favor of the more-difficult cloverleaf.
  10. The measurements of the poles are implemented and endorsed by the National High School Rodeo Association.

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Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a pole bending and barrel racing expert! Here are the answers:

  1. F    Barrel racing originally developed as an event for women.
  2. F    Pole bending is a timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider, running a weaving path around six poles arranged in a line.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F    Barrel racing combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely maneuver a horse through a cloverleaf pattern.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

 

For more information about pole bending and barrel racing, check out these sites:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_bending

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrel_racing

http://www.nhsra.com/

Happy riding!

Marsha

http:/www.marshahubler.com/

Have you read this amazing book yet?

Book 8. Keystone Stables

The Long Ride Home

The search begins for the parents Skye never knew. But what will happen if she finds them? On a trip to South Carolina with her foster family, Skye gets the shock of her life when the waitress at a local diner seems to recognize her. The woman proves to be Skye’s long-lost Aunt Millie—Skye’s first-ever contact with her flesh-and-blood family! As Skye and Mom and Dad Chambers attempt to track down her real parents with Millie’s help. Skye’s foster sister and best friend, Morgan, struggles with her own family regrets. More is at stake than anyone can imagine—and the outcome is one that only a truly amazing God can bring about.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310716926/ref=s9_simh_bw_p14_d7_i5?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-4&pf_rd_r=085WVA2PJGWKRS8SZQ24&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1401488422&pf_rd_i=283155

 

 

 

 

Today’s Horse Facts: Pole Bending and Barrel Racing

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Do you know how to pole bend and barrel race? Have you ever seen a barrel race at a rodeo? Pole bending is timed event that features a horse and one mounted rider, running a weaving or serpentine path around six poles arranged in a line. This event is usually seen in high school rodeos and 4-H events as well as American Quarter Horse Association and local National Barrel Horse Association shows.

barrel racing 2Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a clover-leaf pattern around pre-set     barrels in the fastest time. Though both boys and girls compete at the youth level and men compete in some amateur venues in collegiate and professional ranks, it is primarily a rodeo event for women. It combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse through a clover leaf pattern around three barrels (typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena.barrel racing 1

Barrel racing originally developed as an event for women. While the men roped or rode bulls and broncs, the women barrel raced. In early barrel racing, the pattern alternated between a figure-eight and a cloverleaf pattern. The figure-eight pattern, though, was eventually dropped in favor of the more difficult cloverleaf. It is believed that barrel racing first saw competitive light in the state of Texas.

What about pole bending? Setting up the pole bending pattern is crucial to the success of this event. The pole bending pattern is to be run aroundpole bending 2 six poles. Each pole is to be 21 feet apart, and the first pole is to be 21 feet from the starting line. Poles  are set on top of the ground, six feet in height, with no base more than 14 inches in diameter. These are the measurements implemented and endorsed by the National High School Rodeo Association. The purpose of a universal pattern is to be able to track and compare times everywhere poles are run.
Now do you know your pole bending and barrel racing information? For more information about pole bending and barrel racing check out these websites.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_bending

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrel_racing

http://www.nhsra.com/

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this fantastic book yet?

Book 7. Keystone Stables

Whispering Hope

A wild horse and an angry young woman. Is there a secret to taming them both? Wanda Stallord is a wild, nasty handful when she first comes to Keystone Stables, and Skye is put off by the teenager’s grungy clothes and thirst for trouble. The former gang member is a lot like Keystone’s other recent arrival, a beautiful but uncontrollable Mustang called Rebel. Skye wants to help Wanda, but she seems interested only in shooting pool and handing out insults. But as she practices the gentle art of horse whispering with Rebel, Skye discovers a key that just might open up for Wanda’s fearful, lonely heart to the healing power of God’s love.

http://www.amazon.com/Whispering-Keystone-Stables-Marsha-Hubler/dp/0310716918/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400794708&sr=1-1&keywords=whispering+hope

Today’s Horse Facts: The Caspian Horse

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Have you ever heard of the Caspian horse? The Caspian is an ancient breed previously believed to have been extinct for over one thousand years. This breed is probably the most direct ancestor of the Oriental breeds and subsequently that of all light horse breeds. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. Caspian horses generally stand from 39 to 47 inches tall.
  2. The common Caspian horse colors are baygreyblackdun or chestnut.
  3. The Caspian horse is a hot blooded Thoroughbred type.
  4. The Caspian is a small horse breed native to Northern Iran.
  5. The Caspian is the oldest known breed of domestic horse that still exists.
  6. The CHSA (the Caspian Horse Society of the Americas) was formed in 1963.
  7. The Caspian horse is still extremely rare.
  8. The largest population of Caspian horses is in the United Kingdom.
  9. Caspian horses have an incredible jumping ability.

10.   In 2000 there were 540 registered Caspian horses in North America.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Caspian horse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. F   The Caspian horse is a hot blooded Arabian type.
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F   The CHSA (the Caspian Horse Society of the Americas) was formed in 1994.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. F    In 2005 there were 540 registered Caspian horses in North America.

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Well, do you know your horse facts about Caspian horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Caspian horse breed:

http://www.horsenation.com/2013/08/31/10-rarest-horse-breeds/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Pony

http://www.caspian.org/about-caspians/caspian-history.asp

http://horses.animal-world.com/Light-Horse-Breeds/CaspianHorse.php

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/caspian/

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this great book yet?

Keystone Stables book 6

Blue Ribbon Champ

A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love.
Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his “girlfriend.” Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating.
To add to the frustration, Joey won’t stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her.
What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U6YAVG/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d13_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0RHRT2MF4MF9SYYQACW8&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

Today’s Horse Facts: The Zorse Review

zorse

 

How much did you learn in last week’s blog? Now do you know what a Zorse is? Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The zorse is the product of a male zebra mating with a horse mare.
  2. The stripes on the zorse usually cover the entire animal.
  3. Zorses usually have long manes.
  4. Zorses enjoy open areas much more than a purebred horse.
  5. Zorses tend to have a less muscle mass than purebred horses.
  6. Zorses are animated and do a lot of running when out in the open.
  7. The zorse can be from the size of a pony to the size of a horse.
  8. The existence of the zorse was first recorded by naturalist Charles Darwin.
  9. The most common type of zebroid is the zorse.
  10. The zorse can live around 30 years.

zorse 2Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a zorse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. F   The stripes on the zorse usually only cover part of the back and legs of the zorse.
  3. F   Zorses usually don’t have long manes.
  4. T
  5. F   Zorses also tend to have a more muscle mass than purebred horses.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

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Well, do you know your horse facts about zorses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful zorse:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holsteiner_horse

http://horses.animal-world.com/Light-Horse-Breeds/Holsteiner.php

http://horse-breeds.findthebest.com/l/17/Holsteiner

http://www.terrificpets.com/articles/102237965.asp

http://a-z-animals.com/animals/zorse/

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this fantastic book yet?

Keystone Stables Book 5

Leading the Way

The pinto has won trophies, but the real champion is the blind girl who rides him. Katie doesn’t like horses—or so she says, until she meets Keystone Stables’ champion barrel racer, Boomerang. Can a blind girl learn to ride a horse? With Skye’s help, the answer is yes! It’s a summer of exciting discoveries for Katie. But Skye, too, is learning a lesson about patience as she shares the struggles of her new special-needs friend. Being blind isn’t easy, especially when Katie’s parents are separated. Her anger at them and at God can make Katie hard to be around. Then Katie sets a very special goal for herself and Boomerang. Achieving it will take courage—but the prize could be greater than any blue ribbon.

http://www.amazon.com/Leading-Keystone-Stables-Marsha-Hubler/dp/0310717965/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399581071&sr=1-1&keywords=Leading+the+Way+Marsha+Hubler

Today’s Horse Facts: The Zorse

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Have you ever heard about the zorse? If so have you ever seen one? A zorse is a zebroid which is a category of zebra hybrid that is not as well-known as common hybrids like the mule. The most common type of zebroid is the zorse; a zebra-horse cross species.

The zorse is the product of a male zebra mating with a horse mare. The breeding of these two species goes back to the 19th century when it was first recorded by naturalist Charles Darwin. The size of the zorse depends on the breed of zebra used in breeding. The zorse can be from the size of a pony to the size of a horse.zorse 3

The stripes on the zorse usually only cover part of the back and legs of the zorse. Zorses usually don’t have long manes. Their manes may either fall along their neck like their horse mothers or it can stand up along the neck like their zebra fathers.

Zorses enjoy open areas much more than a purebred horse. While most horses exhibit occasional bursts of energy, they generally tend to be laid back. Zorses, much like zebras, are much more animated and do a lot of running when out in the open.

zorseZorses also tend to have a more muscle mass than purebred horses, making them more sturdy for riding and handling.

I have actually seen a zorse at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, and if you haven’t seen a zorse first hand you definitely should! They are beautiful and interesting animals that are a lot of fun to see.
Now do you know what a zorse is? For more fun information about the amazing zorse, check out these websites.

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/zorse-facts.html

http://uniquedaily.com/2012/05/introducing-the-zorse-a-zebra-horse-hybrid/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebroid

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com/

Have you read this book yet?

Keystone Stables Book 4

Summer Camp Adventure

For the summer, Skye and her friend Chad work as teen counselors at special needs Camp Penn’s Woods. Jonathan Martin, one of the campers who is deaf, causes havoc during his riding lessons because he insists on riding English style when Skye tries to teach him western. Skye, who knows American Sign Language, tries to communicate with him, but he is stubborn and refuses her help and friendship. When Jonathan and his assigned mount Buddy, a black gelding, disappear into the hills, Skye and Chad have to lead the rescue to find him.

http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Camp-Adventure-Keystone-Stables-ebook/dp/B003TFE5VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398980177&sr=1-1&keywords=Summer+Camp+Adventure

 

Today’s Horse Facts: The Horse Trailer Facts Quiz

Today’s Horse Facts: The Horse Trailer Review

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In the last blog, how much did you learn about horse trailers? Now do you know the kind that you have to transport your horse? Let’s find out in today’s true T/F quiz:

  1. Gooseneck trailer designs carry six to eight horses.
  2. A “straight load” is your basic run-of-the-mill trailer.
  3. Your typical stock trailer can accommodate three to four horses.
  4. The “two-horse straight load” trailers were very popular before the “slant load” trailers came out.
  5. Horses are typically more comfortable riding in a straight load trailer rather than a “slant load” trailer.
  6. The “slant load” trailer is the most common trailer on the market today.
  7. Horses are much more comfortable in slant load trailers because the stop-and-go and turning isn’t as difficult to balance for in a slant load.
  8. A slant load will typically have “drop down feed doors.”
  9. “Two-horse straight load” trailers are usually completely open inside without anything to separate the horses.
  10. A “slant load” can hold from 2 to 10+ horses depending on the design.

Let me know if you get at least 8 of these questions correct. If so, you are a horse trailer expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. F   A “stock trailer” is your basic run-of-the-mill trailer.
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F   Horses are typically not as comfortable riding in a straight load trailer as in a “slant load” trailer.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F   “Stock trailers” are usually completely open inside without anything to separate the horses.
  10. T

For more information about horse trailers, check out these sites:

http://www.critters360.com/index.php/the-different-types-of-horse-trailers-30971/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_trailer

http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articles/what-types-of-horse-trailers-are-out-there-570244.html

Happy riding!

Marsha

http:/www.marshahubler.com/

*****

Check out the Keystone Stables Series Book One

http://www.amazon.com/Horse-Love-Keystone-Stables-ebook/dp/B002U80FZK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398346915&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Horse+to+Love+by+Marsha+Hubler

A HORSE TO LOVE

Keystone Stables Book One Meet Skye & her horse Champ

Keystone Stables Book One
Meet Skye & her horse Champ

Thirteen-year-old foster kid Skye Nicholson has become an expert at being an angry, cold, and defensive teenager. After breaking more foster home placements than she cares to count, and committing numerous offenses, she’s headed to her final resort — juvenile detention. But after a court compromise, hope finds her through a beautiful sorrel quarter horse named Champ and the tough love of Tom and Eileen Chamber, who offer her another chance at their home at Keystone Stables. There she’s introduced to a God who has the power to truly save her, no matter how much she thinks she’s not worth saving.

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