Today’s Horse Facts: The Azerbaijan

Have you ever heard of an Azerbaijan (AZ-ər-by-JAHN)? Not many people have. In fact, if you’d ask the average person, he might say he thinks an Azerbaijan is a type of insect or some disease!

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The Azerbaijan: A Burden Lifter

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(Photo compliments of Wikipedia)

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

(Galatians 6:2)

Have you ever heard of an Azerbaijan (AZ-ər-by-JAHN)? Not many people have. In fact, if you’d ask the average person, he might say he thinks an Azerbaijan is a type of insect or some disease!

The Azerbaijan horse, (once called a Kazakh), is as unknown as the country of Azerbaijan itself. This small republic lies just northwest of Iran in Asia. Although Azerbaijan is small, its people have great respect and pride for a powerful little horse that owes his roots to that part of the world. The little-known breed is a mountain-steppe racing and riding horse. These tough horses are known for living long lives and having great endurance. They do very well growing up in herds on mountainsides, and they’re strong with lots of spunk.

If you’d like to look at a handsome horse, the Azerbaijan will fit the bill. He usually comes in the solid colors of chestnut, bay, or gray.  He has a short head with a broad forehead and narrow nose, a really thick neck, and a strong body, and he runs fast with a pacing (rather fast steady) gait. He runs so fast the Azerbaijan folks often hold races. This little equine powder keg has been clocked at almost a mile in about three minutes!

Azerbaijans are also known for strength and stamina, working as pack horses to lighten heavy loads for the people who love them so much. The breed has unique characteristics that have made him a reliable burden bearer. Although he’s only about 11 to 12 hands, he can carry heavy loads on mountain trails and over the countryside with no problem. While carrying all that weight, he can go about 25 to 30 miles in one day!

Wow! The Azerbaijan certainly has the reputation of being a burden lifter. How about you? Do you help others and lift their burdens?

You might think, how can I lift burdens and heavy things? I’m just a kid.

Do you know the Bible teaches us to be burden lifters to our family and friends? Lifting burdens doesn’t always mean picking up heavy things as you would do to help someone move into a new house or maybe just to clean out a garage. When you’re a burden lifter, you’re an encourager. You’re someone who says kind words and does kind deeds to make others feel better.  To do this, you should be alert to your family’s and friends’ needs.

If someone is disappointed about something, do you ever offer kind words? Do you listen if your friend wants to tell you his troubles? These are ways even children can be burden lifters like the perky Azerbaijan.

Perhaps you don’t think about how others are feeling because you think about yourself too much. Or maybe you have too many of your own problems. Well, the Bible tells us that we’re to give our worries to the Lord Jesus, and He’ll help us. When we pray, ask for His strength, and give our burdens to Him, He’s ready to take them. God then gives us strength so we’re ready and able to lift burdens for those we love.

PRAYER: Dear God, help me to not focus on myself all the time. Help me to be sensitive to the burdens of others, so I can offer to help. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

Think of some family or friends who have burdens and how you can offer to help.

Take your ride: (Do you know?) The Azerbaijan has a peculiar lengthwise fold on his tongue, making it look like a forked (divided) tongue.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).



BOOK FIVE: BLUE RIBBON CHAMP

Foster kid Skye has her hands full, trying to help Down syndrome Joey learn to ride. Joey adores Skye, but she can’t stand him.

How’s a Christian gal to treat someone she doesn’t like?

         Blue Ribbon Champ

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Today’s Horse Facts: My Second Horse

The second horse I owned, Ginger, was a beauty, but she had a big problem.

My Second Horse: Ginger

(Early 1970s)

Ginger, Pretty Pinto Walker

Ginger, Pretty Pinto Walker

After I sold Moon Doggie, my first horse ever and still dear to my heart, I bought a greenbroke part Tennessee Walker pinto, Ginger, from a friend whose mare had foaled this pretty little thing.

Ginger was about three years old when I bought her. Now, I want you to know that I was “greenbroke” too. I didn’t know much about horses, especially how to train them. I had only had Moon Doggie, a gentle little Welsh Pony, for about a year when I decided to move on to a bigger, flashier horse.

Well, Ginger certainly was that. She was bigger, and she was flashier. However, if ever a horse could be labeled ADHD, that was Ginger. As pretty as she was, that’s how flighty she was.

Everything scared this poor horse. When I rode her, I had to be constantly on guard because her nerves were ever psyched. Her ears twitched like radar antennae and her eyes searched out every little sound from either side as we went down the trail.

Did Ginger have that nice smooth Tennessee Walker gait? She certainly did, but she was so skiddish, I rarely could kick her up into second or third gear. Even a leaf blowing across her path would spook her, and she’d decide to take a 90-degree turn without letting me know. Whoa, babe! I had to hang on for dear life!

Marsha's Little Red Barn
Marsha’s Little Red Barn

My hubby and a friend had finished building our little two-stall barn to house my equines, so I started looking for a second horse. I kept Ginger for a year or two, but she never improved as far as her spookiness was concerned. I take the blame entirely for that because, as I said, I knew little about training horses, so I sold her to someone who planned to work with her and turn her into a fine, flashy mount.

Nevertheless, I still have fond memories of sweet, scared Ginger, a picture to feast your eyes on but not a horse to rest your butt on.

Happy riding!

Marsha

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Dear Horse Facts Fans,

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

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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

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(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:

East.Bulgarian.Mare.Foal

 

  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:

http://horsebreedslist.com/horse-breeds/64/east-bulgarian

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

http://www.theequinest.com/breeds/east-bulgarian/

Do you know where Bulgaria is? Check out this map of Bulgaria:

http://maps.google.com/maps?gs_rn=16&gs_ri=psy-ab&suggest=p&cp=8&gs_id=v&xhr=t&bav=on.2,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!

Marsha

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 WHISPERING HOPE

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.’

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Hanoverian

Today’s Horse Facts: The Hanoverian

Hanoverian.Chestnut

 

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

If you’re a horse lover like me, you probably love to watch horse shows and especially the Olympics, which features three competitions for horses. Of course, most of the shows I’ve seen have been from a FAR distance—I’m sitting on my sofa watching the horses perform on a television program.

One of those horses that you’ve most likely seen and didn’t know its name is the Hanoverian. So let’s take our T/F quiz and learn about this amazing breed:

  1.  The Hanoverian is a warmblood that originated in Spain.
  2. By the end of the 18th Century, this horse breed had become a high-class coach horse.
  3. After World War 2, Quarter Horses were used to refine the breed.
  4. This breed is an excellent jumper.
  5. Hanoverians can be any color.
  6. This breed is mostly between 16 and 16.2 hands high.
  7. One of the most famous Hanoverians is an 1992 Olympic gold winner jumper named Top Gun.
  8. The Hanoverian brand is always placed on the right hindquarter of foals accepted into the Hanoverian Society breed’s registry.
  9. The American Hanoverian Society was started in 1958 to help preserve the breed.
  10. Hanoverian horses have gaits for even showing in dressage.

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

Hanoverian.Jumper

 

  1. F  The Hanoverian is a warmblood that originated in Germany.
  2. T
  3. F  Thoroughbreds were used to refine the breed.
  4. T
  5. F  They’re usually solid browns or blacks with little white. Buckskins, palominos, and cremellos are not allowed to be registered.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F  The AHS was started in 1978.
  10. T

Now, tell me if you knew much about gorgeous breed of horse.  I sure didn’t, so I’m glad I chose this spectular horse to feature today!

To learn more about this very versatile horse, visit:

http://stabledays.typepad.com/stable_days/2008/12/five-fun-facts-of-my-favorite-horse-breeds-hanoverian.html

http://hanoverian.org/

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

 

Happy riding!

Marsha

www.marshahubler.com

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BOOK EIGHT in The Keystone Stables Series

Book 8. Keystone Stables

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.

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Visit Last Year’s Featured Horses in Review

Horse lovers, check out a photo and URL review of some of last year’s blogs about some special horse breeds.

Horse lovers, if you missed any of these fabulous horse breeds in last year’s blogs, visit them now! Two horses were featured every month. Here is one for each month of the past year.

January:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/todays-horse-facts-the-palomino-2/

JANUARY: THE PALOMINO

Coke, my pretty little palomino Quarter Horse
Coke, my pretty little palomino Quarter Horse

February: https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/todays-horse-facts-the-paso-fino/

FEBRUARY: THE PASO FINO

Paso Fino Stallion

March:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/todays-horse-facts-the-tennessee-walking-horse/

MARCH:  THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

My flighty pinto Walker, Ginger
My flighty pinto Walker, Ginger

April:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/todays-horse-facts-the-american-quarter-horse/

APRIL:  THE QUARTER HORSE

Young QH Stud

May:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/todays-horse-facts-the-clydesdale/

MAY:  THE CLYDESDALE

Clydesdale Mare and Foal

June:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/todays-horse-facts-the-marwari/

JUNE:  THE MARWARI

Marwari

July:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/todays-horse-facts-the-thoroughbred/

JULY:  THE THOROUGHBRED

Thoroughbred Mare

August: https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/todays-horse-facts-the-narragansett-pacer/

AUGUST: THE NARRAGANSETT PACER

NarragansettPacerOldPhoto

September:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/todays-horse-facts-the-chincoteague/

SEPTEMBER:  THE CHINCOTEAGUE PONY

Chincoteague_pony_swim

October:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/todays-horse-facts-the-morgan-2/

OCTOBER:  THE MORGAN

Morgan Horse

Novermber:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/todays-horse-facts-the-percheron/

NOVEMBER:  THE PERCHERON

Percheron

December:  https://horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/merry-christmas-to-all-my-horse-facts-lovers/

DECEMBER: A “STUFFED” HORSE

(in my horse facts wreath for Christmas)

My Horse Facts Christmas Wreath
My Horse Facts Christmas Wreath

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Keystone Stables Book 1

May God bless you in the coming year!