Today’s Horse Facts:

The American Saddlebred is called the “peacock of the horse world.”

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The American Saddlebred – Proud as a Peacock!

 If you want a flashy, high-stepping show horse and you have the money to buy one, then you want an American Saddlebred, also known as the Saddle Horse or Kentucky Saddler.  This horse has class!

By now, you’ve probably figured that the word “American” tagged to a horse’s official name means the horse had its origins in the United States. Such is true of the American Saddlebred. For a long time in its history, this breed was referred to as “the horse America made.” Starting with riding horses during the American Revolution, this breed has roots with the Morgan, Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, and Thoroughbred.

Throughout the 20th Century, the breed became popular in the United States, and since the formation of the US registry in 1891, almost 250,000 American Saddlebreds have been registered. Today the Saddlebred can be found in countries all around the world, and breed registries exist in Great Britain, Australia, Europe, and southern Africa.

The Saddlebred is a “taller” slim horse, averaging 15 to 16 hands (60 to 64 inches) in height. When this spunky equine prances into the show ring, he oozes a sense of presence and style. Although the Saddlebreds are very spirited, the breed is known for its gentle temperament. They may be of any color, including pinto patterns accepted since the late 1800s.

Something quite different about the Saddlebred is that’s it’s a “gaited” breed. Does that mean they have to be kept in fences with strong gates? Not so.

A “gait” is a step. Saddlebreds show in three-gaited or five-gaited classes, depending on the different speeds or steps each horse has. Saddlebreds are mainly known for their performance in the show ring, but they can enter hunter and driving classes, as well as just being a fantastic pleasure riding horse.

If you ever own an American Saddlebred, you might want to show him in one of five divisions: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park, and Pleasure. In those divisions they are judged on performance, presence, quality, and conformation. But one thing is for sure. Whatever gait the horse is performing, he’s high-stepping it. No wonder he’s now called “the Peacock of the Horse World.”

Have you ever felt proud as a peacock about anything you’ve done or anything you might own? Do you brag about new stuff your parents buy you? Maybe you think your house is better than all your friends’ houses. Maybe you look in the mirror and think you’re the best-looking kid on the block.

“Is that a bad attitude?” you might ask.

The Bible says quite a bit about being proud of the wrong things. If you’re proud, thinking you’ve done something great or because of something you own or the way you look, God wants us to know that’s the wrong pride. He wants us to develop a humble, or respectful, attitude toward others, especially toward Him. A respectful person puts others first in his life and looks to serve them.

But I’m proud to be a Christian, you might be thinking. Is that wrong?

If you’re proud to be a Christian, it’s a good thing as long as you don’t gloat. To gloat means to feel smug or better than someone else. It’s important to let others know you are a Christian, but when you act like you’re better than others, they probablywon’t be interested when you want to tell them about Jesus. It’s much better to develop a sweet, helping attitude that others will love about you. Then they might want to know why you’re so different, and you can tell them all about your wonderful Savior.

“…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

(James 4:6b)

PRAYER: Dear God, help me not to brag or be proud of the wrong things. Help me to have a humble, helpful attitude. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

Can you think of any time you might have had the wrong kind of pride about something? Write it here and ask God to forgive you and help you develop a humble attitude. _____________________________________________________________________________

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Take your ride: (Do you know?)  Saddlebred horses that have won a lot of shows can cost $30,000 or more.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

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Today’s Horse Fact: The American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse can reach speeds of up to 55 miles per hour for short distances like a quarter of a mile.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

The American Quarter Horse – Fast as Lightning

(The 5th devotional from my latest project seeking a publisher)

This little equine isn’t a quarter of a horse. He’s all horse, and he’s an All-American!

Way, way back in the late 1700s, the colonists in Virginia met a new kind of a horse, as fast as lightning. The stocky, muscular horse was a cross between Mustangs, which Native Americans rode, and the English horses brought to the New World in earlier years. The small sturdy horse in any color or combination of colors, quick, smart, and eager to work, captivated the hearts of the colonists. But working hard didn’t attract the horse’s fancy as much as racing.

How did he get his name? In early colonial days, race tracks didn’t exist, so the colonists made their own “track,” clearing out a straight, flat stretch of land about a quarter of a mile long. The new horse on the block amazed everyone by achieving speeds of up to 55 miles per hour over that short stint. Beyond that distance, the Thoroughbred always won. But because of the little horse’s dominance of the quarter mile track, he became known as the Quarter Horse.

With its eager yet gentle nature, the Quarter Horse has become one of the most popular riding horses in America. Early Americans discovered the breed worked well on the farm and seemed to have a natural instinct for working around cattle. So, in the 1800s when the settlers began migrating to the West, the Quarter Horse became the choice of the early cowboys for ranching and cattle roundups. Before long, rodeos emerged as a popular pastime, and cowboys soon realized the little Quarter Horse excelled at events like calf roping and barrel racing. The horse became so predominant, a group of horsemen and ranchers formed the American Quarter Horse Association in 1940 and made the special equine its own breed.

Today, the Quarter Horse has won the hearts of horse lovers all over the world. With about five million registered in America alone, it’s no wonder the American Quarter Horse is the number one breed in the United States. Who wouldn’t want to own a stocky, little horse with a gentle nature but fast as lightning?

Speaking of lightning, there are at least a dozen verses in the Bible about lightning. One of the most encouraging verses is found in the book of Matthew that tells us Jesus is going to come back to earth some day for everyone who believes in Him as Savior. He’ll come as fast as lightning and call all Christians to meet him in the air and go with him to Heaven. The Bible tells us to always be ready to meet Jesus and to keep looking for His return.

What about you? Do you know Jesus is coming back again for everyone who believes in Him? Are you anxious to see Jesus face to face?

There’s one way to be ready. If you’re a Christian, keep looking up and watch for Jesus to come as fast as lightning!

“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”.

 (Matthew 24:27)

PRAYER: Dear God, please forgive me when I sin and give in to temptation. I want to be ready to meet you when you come for us Christians. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)

Is there any sin or wrong doing that seems to trouble you and you find hard to give up? More than one? Maybe it’s time to ask God to forgive you and help you fight the temptation. ________________________________

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  Although Quarter Horses can come in any color or combination of colors, the most prominent color is sorrel (reddish brown) or chestnut.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Today’s Horse Facts: The Abtenauer

Do you know what an Abtenauer is? Check out my blog post today.

Abtenauer: Small But Mighty

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If you’re a horse lover and live in the country of Austria, then you probably know what an Abtenauer horse is. An Abtenauer is a small stocky horse many folks think is just a pony. That’s because the breed’s average height is only 14 to 15 hands. (A “hand” measures about four inches.) This cute lineage breed comes from a special place in Austria, an isolated valley called the Abtenauer, tucked away in the beautiful Alps Mountains not far from Salzburg.
Abtenauers, known as “draft horses,” are extremely strong for their size, but they have a sweet temperament and enjoy working with humans. Therefore, their labor mostly involves pulling wagons like buckboards loaded with people or harvested crops. Some Abtenauers also work in the forest, pulling huge tree trunks for loggers.
An interesting fact is the foals are born with curly hair and are black, blue roan, brown, or chestnut. But when the foals shed their first coat, the curls disappear, and they have straight hair from then on.
Because this little breed is confined to such a small part of the world, their number has become low, maybe as few as a hundred or so. Yet, in the Abtenauer Valley, they are quite popular and are celebrated for their stamina.
How can such a small horse have such strength to pull a wagon full of people or heavy bags of grain? If you ask me, that takes a lot of determination!
God has given the Abtenauer an elegant build with a well-shaped head and strong legs full of muscle, which allow this little horse to power up and trot with an easy flow. He truly is mighty, not only for his conformation but for his “I can do this” attitude!
Do you ever feel badly because you’re body is small or you feel “small” with the way you struggle with your studies? Maybe you’re the tiniest one in your family or in your circle of friends. Does that mean you can’t do the same things other kids do or get good grades? Do you ever say, “I can’t do that. I’m too little?” Do you ever think it?
God tells us in His Bible the size of a person doesn’t matter to Him. In fact, God has made you the way you are. Of course, if you’re short, you’re not going to be able to win at basketball or a high jump event, but God has other plans for you. Whether you’re short or thin, God loves you, and you can be mighty in whatever tasks He asks you to do.
Are you too short to help your mother dust the furniture or dry the dishes? Are you too short to get an A in that math test? Are you too short to tell someone “I love you?” I think the answer should be “I can do this!”
In Luke chapter 19, the Bible tells us of a man named Zacchaeus, who wanted to meet Jesus. Zacchaeus was so short, he couldn’t see over the crowd. But he didn’t whimper like a lost puppy and go home. Instead, he said, “I can do this!” He climbed the nearest tree, met Jesus, and became a mighty witness for God. Zacchaeus didn’t use his puny height as an excuse not to serve God.
How about you? Whether you’re small in stature or maybe you feel small inside, you can be mighty for God. Take a step of faith and see if God gives you strength you never knew you had to do the job He’s asked you to do. There’s no better time than right now to make up your mind to be a mighty warrior for God. Ask Him to help you to always have an “I can do it” attitude, and you’ll be amazed at all you’ll achieve for the Lord Jesus Christ.
You might be small, but you can still be mighty!

“For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

PRAYER: Dear God, Sometimes I feel so small and weak. I pray you will help me have an “I can do this” attitude for anything you ask me to do. I am willing. Please make me mighty with your power. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
To learn more about our wonderful God, try to read your Bible every day. You could ask for a children’s Bible to help you understand it better.
Start reading in the book of John in the New Testament. Write a verse from the book of John that you really like.

Take your ride: (Do you know?) When the Abtenauers aren’t working, they’re grazing, sometimes with cows, in lush pastures embedded in the beautiful Abtenauer Valley.

Dismount and cool down your horse: (Do you know?) “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

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A HORSE TO LOVE

Foster kid Skye Nicholson hates everyone until she meets a blue ribbon show horse, Champ.

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Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: The American Albino

The American Albino: the first devotional from STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH, my latest book idea for horse-loving tweens. Take a lookie.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

A DEVOTIONAL FOR HORSE LOVING TWEENS

Volume One

The American Albino: White as Snow

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Have you ever seen a pure white horse? Ever touched one? Do you know there’s a difference between an Albino and a plain white horse?
The American Albino, also called the American White, is one of the most fascinating horse breeds. It’s known as a “color breed.” Of course, this gorgeous animal has a white coat, white tail, and white mane. However, it’s different from all other breeds because it has pink skin! If you look closely at any other breed, you’ll see the skin is dark. Besides pink skin and white hair, the Albino also has black, brown, or even blue eyes.
Since this horse is a color breed, it’s often identified with lineage breeds of horses like Arabians, Quarter Horses, Morgans, and Thoroughbreds. You’ve probably seen American Albinos and didn’t know it. They’re used in movies, fairs, and circuses. You might see a white horse in a parade on TV, but the commentator says it’s an Arabian. Old-time Westerns sometimes had the hero riding his white horse into the sunset. Silver, the Lone Ranger’s horse, was an American Albino. Just remember, whatever the linage breed, if the horse is white as snow, it could be an Albino too.
Do you know we can be like the American Albino and be as white as snow?
Maybe you’ve felt real dirty on the inside after you’ve done something wrong like talking back to your parents or telling a lie. Maybe you were nasty to a friend or you were lazy and didn’t want to do your schoolwork or chores. Don’t you just hate when you do those things, and you wish you could change?
I have super news. God’s Word tells us we can change and become as white as snow. Since we can’t be “good” all the time, God made a way for us to be clean on the inside, in our souls. He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to die so that anyone who believes in Him has all sin washed away. All we have to do is ask Jesus to forgive us and save us, and he will. Even after we become a Christian and do wrong and feel dirty inside, He’s ready to forgive again and again if we only ask.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to wash your sins away and make you white as an American Albino, there’s no better time than right now. We can’t get to Heaven by being good. No one is THAT good. It’s only because Christ’s perfect blood washes us white as snow that we can go to Heaven when we die. Make sure today. Ask Jesus to save you, and you’ll forever be glad you did. Whenever you see an Albino, you can think of the special day you asked Jesus to come into your life and make you as white as snow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
(Isaiah 1:18)
PRAYER: Dear God, I’m sorry for all my sin, especially when I have a bad attitude. Today I ask Jesus to save me and make me ready for Heaven. I accept Him as my personal Savior. I know He can make me as white as snow on my inside. Show me how to become a better person, and how to choose the right things. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)
If you’ve asked Jesus to save you, do you think you should tell anyone?
If you don’t go to church, do you think God would want you to go? Would anyone be glad to take you? Why don’t you ask them?  ______________________________________________

(SIDE BAR 1:)
Take your ride: (Do you know?) Although white horses are sometimes called “albino,” there are no reported cases of a true “albino” horse. The absence of pigment cells called melanocytes causes the white color. All so-called “albino” horses have pigmented eyes, generally brown or blue. In contrast, many albino mammals, such as mice or rabbits, typically have a white hair coat, unpigmented skin and reddish eyes. Despite this issue, some registries still refer to “albino” horses.
(SIDE BAR 2:)
Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

http://horsebreedslist.com/horse-breeds/119/american-albino

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_%28horse%29

Scofield Reference Bible; New York, Oxford University Press; 1945

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Today’s Horse Facts: Are You Horse Crazy?

Take the Horse Crazy quit and see if you’re nuts about horses like I am!

Today’s Horse Facts: How You Know You Are Horse Crazy

I was looking through some old albums to try to find pictures of one of the earlier horses I owned. In my trek into the past, I saw some really, really old pictures of me riding some horses or ponies when I was a kid.

Sugar and Me

Here are two pictures that show me riding a pony when I was about ten years old. The pictures were taken at a riding academy, where my mother would take me on some Sunday afternoons to ride for an hour. (Mom took the pictures. The plain horse fact is she never was good with a camera. She kept cutting off people’s heads or arms or something.)

I still remember this sweet little Shetland’s name: Sugar. She was dark brown with a white mane and tail. I loved her dearly. The boy in the one picture was a stable boy, who helped groom and tack the horses.

Me riding Sugar

I think his name was Joey.

After looking at these pictures and a few others, I reflected on how horse crazy I’ve been all my life. Then I decided to make a list of all the things I did that PROVED I was horse crazy from the time I set foot on this earth. Then I thought, “H’m, I wonder how many Keystone Stables fans are horse crazy like I am?” So, I made a list of some strange things horse lovers do to PROVE that they are horse crazy.

If you can answer “YES” to at least five of these points, I’m afraid you fit into the category HORSE CRAZY FROM THE GETGO!

So get a paper and pencil and take this HORSE CRAZY quiz. Email me and tell me how you did. Answer true or false:

  1. You were born with a silver spur in your mouth, not a silver spoon.
  2. You want nothing but horse coloring books to color and horse books to read.
  3. When you play outside, you pretend you’re riding a horse. You make trails through the woods and on fields, pretending they are horse trails.
  4. You want nothing for your birthday but horse models, horse puzzles, or horsie outfits like fringed jackets and boots.
  5. Your bedroom looks like the inside of a barn. You have horse pictures, horse models, a horse spread, and anything else horsie decorating your room.
  6. If you don’t own a horse, you try to ride one every chance you get, even if it’s the carousel at the amusement park.
  7. When you pet a real horse, you rub your hands hard on the horse and don’t wash your hands for the rest of the day, just so you can keep smelling the wonderful horse odor on your hands.
  8. If you own a horse, you’d rather be with him than anyone else. You wouldn’t mind sleeping in the barn with your horse.
  9. If you own a horse, you don’t mind mucking the stall at all because horse manure smells better than any other poop in the world.
  10. You can’t wait to get to heaven where there are white horses all over the place! (Check out Revelation 19:11-14.What a thrill that will be!)

Well, how did you do? Are you horse crazy like I am?  Then join the horse crazy club and keep on riding! Or, if you don’t have your own horse yet, keep on dreaming and pretending you’re riding that golden steed no matter what else you are doing!

Next time, I’ll tell you about my fourth horse, a pony that I bought a long time ago. I’m not sure of her name, but she was a cute little pinto. She wasn’t a Shetland, but she was awfully small.

Marsha

www.marshahubler.com

Today’s Horse Facts: Bible Verses About Horses

Bible Verses (More Horse Facts) about Horses

Do you know there are about 150 “horse facts” verses in the Bible that include the word “horse?” It seems to me that if God mentioned horses so many times in the Bible, then he is very fond of one of his most beautiful creatures.

There are some special verses about horses in the Bible that make any horse lover want to shout. Look at this exciting passage from the book of Revelation that tells us about a wonderful time in the future:

“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean” (Revelation 19:11-14).

The rider who is Faithful and True is the Lord Jesus Christ. The armies of heaven on white horses who follow Jesus are those who have accepted him as their Lord and Savior. I’ve accepted Christ, so I know that some day Ill get to ride a white horse in heaven. Do you think he will be a Lipizzaner, an Andalusian, or an Arabian? Maybe it will be a special new breed of white horses that God is preparing just for that special time.

Perhaps you never realized that there are horses in heaven. Perhaps you never thought about how you could go to heaven one day when you die. You can try to live a good life, but the Bible says that to go to heaven, you must ask Jesus to forgive your sins. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Do you want to be part of Jesus’ cavalry in heaven some day? Have you ever asked Jesus to forgive your sins and make you ready for heaven? If youve never done so, please ask Christ to save your soul today. If you decide to do this, let me know of this most important decision you have made.

One day in heaven, as I’m riding my prancing white steed with his long wavy mane and tail dragging to the ground, Ill be looking for you!

Marsha Hubler, best-selling author of the Keystone Stables Series

(website) www.marshahubler.com

(writers’ blog) www.marshahubler.wordpress.com