Today’s Horse Facts: The Dutch Carriage Horse
On our ride today, we need to spruce up our duds and act dignified! Dust off your top hat and English riding clothes, polish your boots, get your English saddle out of the closet, and get ready to visit the Dutch Carriage Horse, a true equine gentleman in the horse world.
If you’re saddled up and ready to go, let’s see how much you know about this elite breed of horses. Here we go with our true/false quiz:
- _____ The Dutch Carriage Horse is better known as the Dutch Harness Horse.
- _____ They originated in the Netherlands in Europe.
- _____ This breed has become refined by cross-breeding Hackneys and Thoroughbreds.
- _____ This breed of horse can come in any color, any combination of colors.
- _____ Dutch Carriage Horses are used and shown primarily as driving horses.
- _____ The long back of this breed allows it to have a natural high-stepping trot.
- _____ The American Dutch Harness Horse Association has about 1000 registered horses with 50% or more having Dutch Harness Horse blood.
- _____ This organization allows cross-breeding with Arabians, Hackneys, Saddlebreds, Morgans, and Quarter Horses.
- _____ The horse’s feet are weighted to help them have a high-stepping gait.
- _____ This breed is an average of 15 to 16 hands high.
What do you think about this fabulous breed now? Did you know it was such a pretty but hardy horse breed and one that turns heads its direction at horse shows? And how well did you do in today’s quiz? Let’s see. Here are the answers:
- F The breed in theNetherlandswas cross-bred with Hackneys and Standardbreds.
- F These horses are usually solids or bays. Sometimes they can be palomino, and they are rarely pintos, although they can have sabino or rabicano markings.
- F The American Dutch Harness Horse Association has about 2500 registered horses with 50% or more having Dutch Harness Horse blood.
- F The organization allows cross-breeding of Arabians, Hackneys, Saddlebreds, Morgans, and Standardbreds, not Quarter Horses.
- F The breed has a natural high-stepping gait.
So, do you want to go out and buy yourself a Dutch Carriage Horse now? You better have a lot of money. Stud fees alone are in the thousands of dollars, and what do you think one of those show carriages costs?
Maybe you and I better stay with our grade trail horses and take a nice long ride through the woods.
Next time, we’ll visit the Arabian. So be ready for a fast, spirited ride!
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