Today’s Horse Facts: The Andalusian – Fit for a King

The Andalusian horse has always been known for its incredible athletic ability as a war horse. But how is he used today?


The Andalusian: Fit for a King

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The Andalusian horse is a real beauty, standing between 15 and 16.2 hands. This breed is most often gray or bay (a shade of brown with a black mane, black tail, and often black legs below the knee) in color, but once in a while you might see a white, black, or chestnut Andalusian prancing by. He’s well built with a finely sculptured head, alert ears, lively yet kind eyes, an elegant arched neck, and a long and often wavy mane and tail. This horse descended from the horses of Spain and Portugal and derives its name from Andalusia, a region in southern Spain, where its ancestors lived for thousands of years. He’s also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or P.R.E. (Pura Raza Española).

This magnificent breed has been recognized since the 15th Century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries. From the very beginning, Andalusians have been used for both riding and driving. Among the first horses used for dressage, they’re still making a mark in that international competition today.

The Andalusian has always been known for its incredible athletic ability as a war horse.   The Quarter Horse and other breeds noted for their “cow sense” inherited this ability from their Andalusian ancestors. (Horses with “cow sense” are good at anticipating the next move of cattle they are trying to corner or single out of a herd, particularly to cutting horses. They seem to understand cattle and can almost read their minds.)

Also, bull owners gave the Andalusian its reputation as the greatest athlete and stock-working animal in the equine world. In Spain, cowboys have long used them in handling the bulls, which can be quite ornery. Many other horse breeds run the opposite direction from these dangerous animals; yet, Andalusians seem to delight in confronting a nasty bull. With the incredible speed, they can maneuver stealthily, dodging in and out and barely missing the hooking horns when the bull charges.

Andalusian blood has had a strong influence on almost every breed in ancient times. But most interesting is the fact that Andalusians became a favorite for kings and knights, mostly because of the horse’s regal carriage and high step. Although the Andalusian has always been very expensive, a wealthy knight would never be found plodding along on a lazy, low-headed mount. The prancing Andalusian had to have an arched neck to be chosen to carry royalty.

It’s no surprise this horse is nicknamed “The Horse of Kings.” The breed was so respected, a quote spoken over 300 years ago by William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, has also stood the tests of time: “… the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be. He is of great spirit and of great courage and docile; hath the proudest trot and the best action in his trot, the loftiest gallop, and is the lovingest and gentlest horse, and fittest of all for a king in his day of triumph.” [1] The Andalusian truly is a horse fit for a king!

How about you? Are you fit for a king?

“Fit for a king?” you might say. “I’ve never even met a king or a president. How can I be fit for a king?”

I’m talking about the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you “fit” for that King?

The Bible says when we accept Jesus as our Savior, He becomes the “King” of our lives. Subjects who love their king (or leader) try to please him with their good deeds and loyalty. If you’re a young Christian, your desire should be to please God with everything you do and say.

Are you sure that activity you want to do will please God? The best way to serve your King is to read His word, go to church, and pray. When you pray, ask God for His guidance, and He’ll help you every day.

 “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.”

(Psalm 5:2 NIV)

PRAYER: Dear God, I want to please you and honor you as my King. Help me to always remember I serve the King of kings and Lord of lords and that I want to be a faithful follower of you. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

Write three things you could do that would show Jesus that He’s the King of your life. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Take your ride: (Do you know?) The Iberian and Celtiberian soldiers of the famous Carthaginian horse troops used magnificent Andalusians to carry the Roman army in its conquests throughout the ancient world.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1: 17).



Today’s Horse Facts: The East Bulgarian

The East Bulgarian breed of horse is not well known. It’s only a little over 100 years old.

Today’s Horse Facts: The East Bulgarian



(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)


Have you ever heard of the East Bulgarian horse? I hadn’t until I did a little research and found out about this beautiful breed of horse. It comes from the country of Bulgaria, which is in southeastern Europe on the western shore of the Black Sea. Let’s take our T/F quiz and see if you know more about this breed than I did:

  1. The East Bulgarian breed is only a little over 100 years old.
  2. The breed came from a cross of local Bulgarian horses and Quarter Horses.
  3. This horse was officially recognized as a true breed in 1951.
  4. It can be any color.
  5. It is a short stocky horse.
  6. The breed is used only for draft work.
  7. This horse is quiet but very energetic.
  8. This horse is bred all over the world.
  9. It is a cold-blooded horse.
  10. Its confirmation resembles mostly that of a Thoroughbred.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:



  1.  T
  2.  F       The breed was developed from local Bulgarian horses, Arabians, Anglo-Arabians, and Thoroughbreds.
  3.  T
  4.  F       It is usually chestnut, bay, or black.
  5.  F       It is usually about 15-16 hands and has a long back and sleek neck.
  6.  F       This horse does draft and farm work, but the breed also can be      shown in different classes like dressage and eventing.
  7.  T
  8.  F       It is predominantly bred on farms in Bulgaria and a few other      European countries.
  9.  F       It’s warm-blooded.
  10.  T

So, what do you think of the East Bulgarian? If you’d like to learn more about this breed and the country of Bulgaria go to:

Do you know where Bulgaria is? Check out this map of Bulgaria:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47534661,d.aWM&biw=1821&bih=829&q=bulgaria&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x40a8fec1c85bf089:0xa01269bf4c10,Bulgaria&gl=us&sa=X&ei=rnWzUd32OseCrgHxpICwAw&sqi=2&ved=0CKIBELYD

Happy riding!



Looking for some exciting horse adventures?


BOOK SEVEN in The Keystone Stables Series

Book 7. Keystone Stables

 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.’



Today’s Horse Facts: The Brumby

Today’s Horse Facts: The Brumby



(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post) 

I knew about the Brumby horse a little. I think I saw a special on TV about this amazing little horse from Australia. The Man from Snowy River movies also had a connection with Brumbies. How about you? Have you ever heard of a Brumby?

Let’s take our T/F quiz and and see how much you do know about the Brumby:

  1. The first horses are known to have arrived in Australia in 1788.
  2. The Brumby is a feral horse, which means it runs wild.
  3. It is believed the Brumby is named after James Brumby, a horse breeder and farrier.
  4. This breed was originally used for racing and jumping.
  5. They became feral by escaping from poor fencing and by just being let run free.
  6. This breed is mostly between 16 and 16.2 hands high.
  7. Today this breed is used as work horses only.
  8. Unfortunately, they are considered environmental pests by many folks in Australia.
  9. It is sad to say that many Brumbies are shot to control their population.
  10. The best-known Brumbies are found in the Australian Alps in southeastern Australia.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:


  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. F   Brumbies were used for farm work and transporting.
  5. T
  6. F  There is no standard of color, size, or confirmation because of inbreeding with different breeds of horses.
  7. F  They are also show horses, trail horses, pleasure horses, and stock horses.
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

So, did you know anything at all about the Brumby? If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful horse breed, go to:

Happy riding!



BOOK FIVE in The Keystone Stables Series

Keystone Stables Book 5

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.



The Falabella is a fascinating little horse that is not well-known.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Falabella Miniature Horse


 (All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

The Falabella is one of the cutest, cuddliest breeds of horse you’ll ever meet. When you’re in the presence of a Falabella, you just want to pack one up in the back of your car and take him home. Let’s see if you know anything about this amazing little horse. Here’s your T/F quiz. The answers are listed below. Now don’t cheat.

  1. The Falabella is known as the Original miniature horse.
  2. They originated in Brazil, South America, in the mid-19th Century.
  3. The Falabella horse is also considered a pony.
  4. They grow to about 32 inches at the withers.
  5. Falabellas are usually only black or brown.
  6. In the 1940s, Julio Falabella created a formal breed registry.
  7. They are strong enough that children and adults can ride them.
  8. Cart driving is a common use for this breed.
  9. They have a thick coat of hair.
  10. One special use for this amazing little horse is search and rescue.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. T
  2. F  They originated in Argentina in the mid-19th Century.
  3. F
  4. T
  5. F  They can be any color or any combination of colors.
  6. T
  7. F  Only children can ride them because the horses are so small.
  8. T
  9. T
  10. F  They are used more for guide horses, like guide dogs for the sight impaired.

Now, tell me if you knew much about this cute little breed of horse. Would you like to have one just as a pet, knowing that as an adult, you’d never be able to ride it? I’m not sure I’d like that; however, I love horses so much, I think I’d love to have one of these little guys living with me no matter how tiny he’d be.  He could lie on the floor in my living room with my two dogs!

To learn more about this fascinating breed, visit:

Happy riding!


Keystone Stables book 6


Volume Six in The Keystone Stables Series

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.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Estonian Draft Horse

The Estonian Draft Horse is a breed that is endangered. Why?

Today’s Horse Facts: The Estonian Draft Horse


(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

The Estonian Draft Horse is a tough little breed from Russia. It’s a fascinating little breed that stands only about 15 ½ hands high; yet, the Estonian looks much bigger because of his muscular build. Well, I don’t want to give too much away about this interesting little horse. Let’s take our quiz and see how you do:

  1. The Estonian Draft Horse originated in Estonia, formerly part of China.
  2. This horse is a cross between Estonian Native Horses and Swedish Ardennes.
  3. They were recognized as an official horse breed by the Estonian government in 1853.
  4. They were used mostly as work horses and more recently for light work in gardens although they can do heavy farm work.
  5. This breed is high-strung and hard to work with.
  6. Their predominant colors are black and bay.
  7. This breed is considered endangered.
  8. In 2009, there were only 550 of these horses registered.
  9. There are only 40 known farms that breed Estonians.
  10. The Estonian Horse Breeders Society is responsible for trying to preserve this breed.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. F  Estonia was formerly part of the Soviet Union.
  2. T
  3. F  They were recognized by the Estonian government in 1953.
  4. T
  5. F  They are mild-mannered and easy to work with.
  6. F  They are mostly chestnut and bay.
  7. T
  8. F  In 1991 there were only 233 Estonian Draft Horses registered.
  9. T
  10. T

To learn more about this beautiful unusual breed, visit:

Happy riding!



Volume Five in The Keystone Stables Series

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? Will Skye be able to help her?

Keystone Stables Book 5

Today’s Horse Facts: The Belgian

Feb. 18, 2013

Today’s Horse Facts: The Belgian



(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

I imagine if I would ask you if you’ve seen a Belgian, you might say no. But it’s a safe bet that if you’ve ever seen any horses working farmers’ fields or, perhaps, pulling Conestoga wagons in movies or driving buckboards in the countryside of Amish communities, you probably saw Belgians.

Do you know where Belgians originated from? Why are they called Belgians? Let’s take our quiz and see what you know about this very special breed.

Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:

  1. The Belgian originated in the country of Belgium as far back as the time of the Caesars.
  2. History tells us that Belgians were one of the most popular horses for carrying knights into battle during Medieval times.
  3. Belgians have a high occurrence of a genetic disorder called JEB, that can cause complications and possibly death.
  4. The average Belgian can weigh over a ton.
  5. Belgians are usually of shades of brown, but they can be black too.
  6. This breed is known for its strength to pull huge weights.
  7. The Belgian is known as a “draft” horse.
  8. Belgians  are too big to ride.
  9. Belgians are known for their huge muscular necks.
  10. The largest Belgian on record, Brooklyn Supreme, weighed 3200 pounds and stood at 19.2 hands.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. T
  7. T
  8. F
  9. T
  10. T

Do you realize that all the questions are true except number eight? How well do you know your Belgians? This horse breed is one of the few that I probably got the majority of the questions correct.  What amazes me is that some folks like to ride these big guys. Can you imagine how your legs would feel after you finish a ride? Wow. You’d be bowlegged forever! As for me, I’d rather stick to a smaller breed for riding, but for pulling a heavy wagon, the Belgian is the horse for me.

To learn more about this strong workhorse of a breed visit:

Happy riding!


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Today’s Horse Facts: The Norwegian Fjord

The Norwegian Fjord is an amazing little horse.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Norwegian Fjord

Fjord Stallion

What do you know about the Norwegian Fjord horse? I must admit that I knew almost nothing about this husky breed except that they were from Norway (Duh, that’s a no-brainer), and when I had seen pictures of them, I concluded that these stout little rascals look like they could live in the harshest of winter climates. After doing a little research about these horses, I found that my assumption is absolutely correct. But let’s take our little T/F quiz and see how much you know about this interesting horse.

  1. Most Norwegian Fjords are no taller than about 14.5 hands
  2. The breed is believed to be domesticated for at least 4000 years.
  3. The Vikings used this breed for war horses.
  4. They’ve been used for hundreds of years in Norway’s mountainous regions as farm horses.
  5. This breed comes in all shades of brown.
  6. Since these horses are so small, they’re used mostly for kids’ pony rides.
  7. A defining feature of this breed is their thin arched neck.
  8. Feathering on the feet is a desirable trait for registered Fjords.
  9. Although some Fjords might look “black,” they are still considered duns.
  10. You can only find Fjords in Norway.

Here are the answers. I’ll be surprised if you get five correct. I probably would have gotten one or two correct:

  1. T   But there is no set limit on how short or tall a Fjord may be.
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F  They are only the dun color, but it can be any of five different shades of dun.
  6. F  They are sturdy and muscular and can pull heavy loads.
  7. F  This breed has a very thick muscular neck.
  8. F  Feathering is not encouraged in breeding circles.
  9. T  They are called greys or smokey blacks.
  10. F  This breed is found all over the world, including Canada and the USA.

If you want to learn more about this fascinating horse breed, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time we’ll visit the Andalusian breed and learn about a horse that you’ll see in parades all over the world!

Happy riding!


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