Today’s Horse Facts: The Paso Fino – Strives to Please his Master

Do you know what a Paso Fino horse is? All Pasos have their roots with the Paso from Peru, the American Mustang, and other descendants of Colonial Spanish Horses.

The Paso Fino: Strives to Please his Master

To see a picture of a Paso Fino, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paso_Fino

“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.”

(Matthew 10:24 NIRV)

The Paso Fino (Paah´-so fee´ no) is a naturally-gaited horse bred by Spanish land owners in Puerto Rico and Colombia, South America, who wanted an obedient steed with endurance and a comfortable ride that would aim to please.  All Pasos have their roots with the Paso from Peru, the American Mustang, and other descendants of Colonial Spanish Horses. The Barb, Spanish Jennet, and Andalusian have also been interbred in the U. S. to produce the Paso Fino of today. But Pasos go back to the time of Christopher Columbus when it’s believed he brought some of the horses with him to the New World.

The Paso Fino is a gorgeous equine, standing an average of 13 to 15.2 hands but strong for his size. He weighs from 700 to 1000 pounds, although it might take a foal five years to reach his adult weight. He has a Roman-nosed head with beautiful large eyes, an arching neck, a short back with strong withers, and a thick mane and tail. He can come in any color or combination of colors, including white, pinto, and palomino.

The Paso Fino name means “fine step.” It’s a perfect title for a horse that’s prized for his smooth, natural, four-beat amble. This is a lively horse that has a pleasant disposition with the desire to please his master. The Paso Fino has three different dominant gaits, all dependent on how fast he’s moving. But in each gait, all four hooves travel close to the ground while he’s in motion. At whatever speed he travels, the smoothness of the gait ideally allows the rider to appear motionless with no bounce. And a smooth ride like that would please any rider. Horse enthusiasts consider the Paso Fino the smoothest ride in the horse world (although owners of Tennessee Walking Horses hotly debate that issue!)

The Paso Fino is a competitive trail horse with both speed and stamina. But he’s much more versatile than that. He often competes in western classes such as trail, barrel racing, versatility, and team penning, and is very popular for trail riding and endurance competitions, driving, and gymkhana. No matter what this spunky horse is doing, he’s got one goal in mind: to do the best he can for his master who is riding him in the ring or down the woodsy trail.

Speaking of doing the best for the master, have you ever thought about God as your Master? An old hymn entitled “Give of Your Best to the Master” reminds us that we do have a Lord who should be the King of our lives. Everything we say and do should focus on trying to please God.

A master is someone in charge…someone who has authority over someone else. Our wonderful God is the Master of the Universe; yet, he loves us and wants us to live for him every day to show Him how much we love Him.

Sadly, sometimes we decide to run our own lives. We think we know better than God and want to become our own boss. Going our own way away from God’s instructions (the Bible) always leads to trouble.

As a Christian young person, if you love Jesus with your whole heart, then strive to please Him in all you say and do. Be thankful God is your Master, who will always lead you down a path that only has the best in store for your life.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for being the Master of my life. I pray that I’ll always let you lead me in the way that is pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

Think of any “paths” in your life that might not be pleasing to God (examples: not reading your Bible, too much video game time, sassing your parents, being unkind to family or friends). Ask God to help you walk down the right path and always look to Him as your Master:

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  Ladies who ride Paso Finos in parades often wear the “traditional” Spanish garb: a fancy hat, long brightly-colored dresses with layers of ruffles, and high black boots.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)  “Ye call Me Master and Lord, and ye say well; for so I am” (John 13:13).

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Today’s Horse Facts: The North Swedish Horse – Not Enough Good Can Be Said About Him

The North Swedish Horse is a small, heavy horse originating from ____?___ You guessed it: Sweden. Equine enthusiasts consider him a coldblooded draft horse, but he can also be a harness racer if his build is lighter.

The North Swedish Horse: Not Enough Good Can Be Said About Him

To see a picture of this horse go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Swedish_Horse  

“To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord Himself is God;

there is none other besides Him.”

(Deuteronomy 4:35 NKJV)

The North Swedish Horse is a small, heavy horse originating from ____?___ You guessed it: Sweden. Equine enthusiasts consider him a coldblooded draft horse, but he can also be a harness racer if his build is lighter. He also has an impressive energetic long trot, which makes him popular for that kind of racing. (In harness racing the horses race at a specific gait. They must trot or “pace” but can’t canter— run fast. One driver reins the two-wheeled cart called a sulky.)

The North Swedish Horse’s roots go back to his neighbor, the Norwegian Dølahest. (The Dølahest is a strong, reliable draft horse from Norway.) North Swedish Horses had been crossbred with other breeds until the 19th Century when the North Swedish Horse Breed Society created its standards for a more distinct body shape for the breed.  The society returned to the horse’s roots, using Dølahest stallions from Norway, and in the early 20th Century, the society also introduced tough performance tests for all breeding studs.

Today, the line of the North Swedish Horse is strictly controlled with breeding stallions that are all thoroughly tested. To qualify, a stud must have a pleasant character, must be strong enough to pull heavy loads, and must be able to breed. The horse’s legs and hooves are even examined by X-ray to test for strong legs.

Because the North Swedish Horse is so cooperative, he’s very easy to train. Although his build is compact and hardy yet light for a draft horse, his strength and stamina outweigh his “dumpy” look. He’s tough and spunky, but he’s also known to be cooperative and willing to work, so the Swedes use him for farming, forestry work, and recreational sports like pulling and hauling. Being born and raised in the harsh climate of Sweden, he’s known for good health and a long life.

With all the positive qualities of the North Swedish Horse, it seems as though we almost have a near-perfect equine that stands at 15.1 to 15.3 hands. The most common colors are solids: blackish brown, smoky, and yellowish black, but any solid color can be found. His dumpy body shape might remind you of an overweight pony with a big head, long ears, and a short, thick neck. His mane and tail wave thick and abundant in the wind. Yet, despite his plump build, he requires little feed and is a very active horse. A farmer might use his North Swedish Horse during the week for plowing but on Saturday enter him in an endurance race at the local fair. Besides this equine’s reputation for being a strong draft horse and racer, his easy-going manner makes him a favorite of children. Not enough good can be said about this horse loved by children and adults alike.

Have you ever heard the term “not enough good can be said about someone”? Has anyone ever said that about you?

Do you know we can say that about the wonderful God we love and worship? We can’t say enough good about God because He is perfect, and He’s the only God. Can you imagine never making a mistake or never doing the wrong thing? He made the vast universe, and He made us. Now Jesus is preparing a special place called Heaven for all those who believe in Him as their Savior. That’s how special our God is, and He’s worthy of our praise and adoration. Thank Him today for being the One and Only Perfect God who never makes a mistake.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for being the one, true, perfect God, who loves me so much. Thank you, Jesus, for making a way for me to go to Heaven some day and be with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

Think of some things you notice in your life or in the Bible that show that our God is perfect and magnificent:

(SIDEBAR 1:)

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  The North Swedish Horse is one of very few coldblooded breeds used in harness racing.

(SIDEBAR 2:)

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “As for God, His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV).

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Nonius – The Ideal Horse for a Safe Ride!

The Nonius (Nó ni usz) horse from the country of Hungary has his roots with Arabian and Turkish horses going back as far as the 16th Century.

The Nonius: The Ideal Horse for a Safe Ride!

To see a photo of this horse breed, go to

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

“The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord.”

(Proverbs 21:31)

The Nonius (Nó ni usz) from the country of Hungary has his roots with Arabian and Turkish horses going back as far as the 16th Century.  During the 18th Century, the Hungarian kings decided to crossbreed their horses with stallions from Spain and Portugal, which led to a handsome horse with a thick arched neck, a large but elegant head, and a short back. Because the aristocrats demanded a beautiful yet limber steed, in 1784, the State Stud of the Hungarian Royal and Imperial Court in the southeastern town of Mezőhegyes was founded to develop a strong yet beautiful breed.

At that time, history records that Hungary had about 1.5 million horses, 10,000 to 15,000 of them working in the cavalry every year. Although the kings and aristocrats wanted quick riding horses for their military, the common people looked for reliable mounts for hunting and for elegant horses to drive carriages. Those demands led to the development of three different breeds: the Gidrán, the Furioso-North Star, and the Nonius.

You might think the name “Nonius” is a strange name for a breed of horses. The Nonius is a breed named after Nonius, the Anglo-Norman foundation sire. He was born in 1810 in Calvados, Normandy, in France. His sire was named Orion, and, while sources differ on his breeding, he was either a Thoroughbred, a Norfolk Trotter, or a combination of the two.

Even as a foal, Nonius was considered ugly. Even today the breed is known for the heavy head with a convex profile called a Roman nose. He’s generally dark in color, most of the breed being black, dark bay or brown, either unmarked lightly marked with white. He’s muscular and heavy-boned, similar to other light draft and driving horses and stands between 15.1 to 16.1 hands.

During the 20th Century, the Nonius became a farm horse. Sadly, as with so many beautiful horses in the 1930s and 40s, World War II significantly reduced the breed. It’s believed there were only 50 mares left at that time. And for a few decades after the war, the lack of use for horses in Hungary sent many to the slaughterhouse.

The Nonius exhibits traits common to heavy-boned driving and light draft horses: a powerful and arched neck, broad and muscular back, and deep, sloping hindquarters. Although he’s one of the heaviest warmblood driving horses, he’s known for a kind, even temperament and eagerness to work in harness and under saddle. An extra bonus with this breed is he’s easy to keep.

The number of Nonius horses today is believed to be at about 450 mares and 80 stallions. The largest population is still found in the town of Mezőhegyes, Hungary, with other small herds in Romania, Bulgaria, and the Serbian province of Vojvodina. Regardless of where you find a Nonius, you can make certain, he’s been well-trained and prepared to serve over the years and will give a safe, enjoyable, and exciting ride.

How about you? Are you “well-trained” and prepared to serve the Lord every day? Do you get up with a smile on your face and a desire to do right? If you know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, He’s ready to help you as you read your Bible and pray. Then you’ll certainly be prepared to face each new day and the challenges it brings.

PRAYER: Dear God, I ask that you’ll help me be prepared for each new day by reading the Bible and praying. I know I can be “safe” with you as my guide. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

What distracts you from reading your Bible and praying? Determine to set aside a special time each day to meet with God during your devotions.

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  Today the Nonius is bred by horse lovers passionate about preserving the breed and is used for farming, trail riding, and competitive driving sports.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)  “Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually” (Psalm 119:117 NKJV).

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Do You Know Your Horse Facts?

Dec. 8, 2015

How Well Do You Know Your Horse Facts?

Okay, I think it’s time to see how much all of you really know about horses and your horse facts. Following is a matching game of horse terms. Let’s see how you do.

Now don’t cheat. (Yes, looking them up in the dictionary is cheating! Look them up AFTER you do the match game.) The answer key is below, but don’t peek.

Are you ready to hit the dusty trail? Let’s go:

  1. _____ Trot                         a.   A female baby horse
  2. _____ Dressage                 b.  Usually gold with white mane and tail
  3. _____ Mare                       c.   Between a walk and canter
  4. _____ Grade horse          d.   Two or three different colors
  5. _____ Hackamore           e.   Above the shoulder & behind the mane
  6. _____ Roan                      f.    “Fancy” riding
  7. _____ Foal                       g.   Western competition
  8. _____ Horn                      h.   The fastest horse in a short distance
  9. _____ Cinch                     i.    A female horse old enough to breed
  10. _____ Equestrian            j.    Stud
  11. _____ Filly                       k.   Wild horses on America’s plains
  12. _____ Pinto                      l.    Not registered
  13. _____ Rodeo                   m.  Tender part of the horse’s hoof
  14. _____ Stallion                 n.   Male horse that cannot breed
  15. _____ Frog                      o.   A bitless bridle
  16. _____ Fetlock                 p.   Part of the horse’s lower leg
  17. _____Arabian                q.   Smooth riding gait
  18. _____ Bots                     r.   Dark color with “sprinkled” white specks
  19. _____ Colt                      s.   Oldest horse breed
  20. _____ Equine                 t.   A male baby horse
  21. _____ Tenn. Walker     u.  Baby horse, male or female
  22. _____ Gelding               v.   Nasty insect eggs that stick to the horse’s coat
  23. _____ Mustang             w.  Another name for horse
  24. _____ Quarter               x.   “Knob” on a western saddle
  25. _____ Withers               y.   A horse facts lover/rider
  26. _____ Palomino           z.   Holds the saddle in place

NO PEEKING!

 

 

 

 

  1. ___c.__ Trot                      a.   A female baby horse
  2. ___f. __ Dressage             b.  Usually gold with white mane and tail
  3. ___i. __Mare                     c.   Between a walk and canter
  4. ___l.__ Grade horse         d.   Two or three different colors
  5. ___o.__Hackamore          e.   Above the shoulder & behind the mane
  6. ___r. __ Roan                    f.    “Fancy” riding
  7. ___u. __ Foal                     g.   Western competition
  8. ___x. __ Horn                   h.   The fastest horse in a short distance
  9. ___z. __ Cinch                   i.    A female horse old enough to breed
  10. ___y. __ Equestrian          j.    Stud
  11. ___a. __ Filly                     k.   Wild horses onAmerica’s plains
  12. ___d. __ Pinto                   l.    Not registered
  13. ___g. __ Rodeo                 m.  Tender part of the horse’s hoof
  14. ___j. __ Stallion                 n.   Male horse that cannot breed
  15. ___m.__ Frog                    o.   A bitless bridle
  16. ___p. __Fetlock                 p.   Part of the horse’s lower leg
  17. ___s. __ Arabian               q.   Smooth riding gait
  18. ___v. __ Bots                    r.   Dark color with “sprinkled” white specks
  19. ___t. __ Colt                      s.   Oldest horse breed
  20. ___w.__Equine                 t.   A male baby horse
  21. ___q. __Tenn.Walker       u.  Baby horse, male or female
  22. ___n. __Gelding                 v.   Nasty insect eggs that stick to the horse’s coat
  23. ___k. __Mustang               w.  Another name for horse
  24. ___h. __Quarter                 x.   “Knob” on a western saddle
  25. ___e. __ Withers                y.   A horse facts lover/rider
  26. ___b. __ Palomino            z.   Holds the saddle in place

If you get 100%, please email me and let me know by going to my website and click on “CONTACT.” I’d like to know if we have any horse facts geniuses out there!

Happy guessing! Happy riding!

Marsha

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