Today’s Horse Facts:

The Akhal-Teke is one of the most beautiful breeds of horses in the world.

The Akhal-teke: Shines like the Stars

Akhal-Teke

 If you’ve heard of the Akhal-Teke (AH-kuhl TEH-kee), then you are a true horse lover who’s interested in learning all about equines. Most folks, even horse enthusiasts, have never heard of this breed.

 The Akhal-Teke is one of the most stunning horses God ever created. If you’ve ever seen one in person or even in a photo, you might have thought someone had sprayed this amazing animal with metallic paint, no matter what the horse’s color. How did it get its spectacular appearance? Our creative God gave this horse’s coat a gorgeous metallic sheen that almost glitters.

To say the Akhal-Teke is a rare breed is an understatement. It’s believed to be one of the oldest and purest breeds, originating from Russia and Turkmenistan, where most are found today. At last count, there were only about 6,500 of these beauties world-wide with about 500 in North America.

When you look at an Akhal-Teke, you might think it’s so delicate, it can’t do anything but stand around and look pretty. But that’s not the case. This horse has proven itself not only in dressage but also in “tough” competition like fox hunting and extreme trail riding. But what catches everyone’s eye is not the horse’s performance. It’s the shiny coat.

A Cremello Akhal-Teke
A Cremello Akhal-Teke

Akhal-Tekes can have any solid color of undercoat, but the natural metallic sheen shows best in lighter colors like cremello. In fact, palomino and buckskin Akhal-Tekes are so beautiful, they’re nicknamed “Golden Horses.” In the sun, they shine almost as bright as the stars on a crystal, clear night. Whether an Akhal-Teke is performing in a circus or prancing in a parade, all heads turn toward the horse with the sparkling coat.

If you are a Christian, do you ever wonder how you could “shine for Jesus?” Maybe when you were little, you sang “I’ll be a Sunbeam for Jesus.” What do you think that means?

Shining for Jesus is something any Christian can do. You might think you’re still too young to do anything that would make you “shine,” but that’s not the case. Even at your age, you can please God by having a good attitude. That’s being wise. You can also help your parents around the house and listen to your Sunday school teacher and pastor in church. Being a good example is the best way to “shine like the stars.” Ask God to help youkissy-smiley-face to be a good example to others and give you the courage to talk to your friends about Jesus. Some day in Heaven, you’ll shine as bright as the stars!

Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star, will help you every step of the way.

“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” ( Daniel 12:3).

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to be wise and have the courage to talk to my friends about you. I want them to know Jesus as their Savior. And I would love to shine like the stars when I meet you face to face. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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

It’s a good idea to have an attitude check every day.

Have you ever told any of your friends about Jesus? Think of some friends you’d like to tell about Jesus. _______________________________________________________________

Things to Think About:

Take your ride: (Do you know?) Because the Akhal-Teke has been crossbred so much with the Thoroughbred to create a fast, long-distance racehorse, all Akhal-Tekes have a Thoroughbred ancestry.

Dismount and cool down your horse!  (Do you know?) “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Caspian Horse

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Have you ever heard of the Caspian horse? The Caspian is an ancient breed previously believed to have been extinct for over one thousand years. This breed is probably the most direct ancestor of the Oriental breeds and subsequently that of all light horse breeds. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. Caspian horses generally stand from 39 to 47 inches tall.
  2. The common Caspian horse colors are baygreyblackdun or chestnut.
  3. The Caspian horse is a hot blooded Thoroughbred type.
  4. The Caspian is a small horse breed native to Northern Iran.
  5. The Caspian is the oldest known breed of domestic horse that still exists.
  6. The CHSA (the Caspian Horse Society of the Americas) was formed in 1963.
  7. The Caspian horse is still extremely rare.
  8. The largest population of Caspian horses is in the United Kingdom.
  9. Caspian horses have an incredible jumping ability.

10.   In 2000 there were 540 registered Caspian horses in North America.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Caspian horse expert! Here are the answers:

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  3. F   The Caspian horse is a hot blooded Arabian type.
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  6. F   The CHSA (the Caspian Horse Society of the Americas) was formed in 1994.
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  10. F    In 2005 there were 540 registered Caspian horses in North America.

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Well, do you know your horse facts about Caspian horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Caspian horse breed:

http://www.horsenation.com/2013/08/31/10-rarest-horse-breeds/

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

http://www.caspian.org/about-caspians/caspian-history.asp

http://horses.animal-world.com/Light-Horse-Breeds/CaspianHorse.php

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/caspian/

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this great book yet?

Keystone Stables book 6

Blue Ribbon Champ

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 Cleveland Bay

 Cleveland Bay 1( All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

Cleveland Bay horses are used for farm work and driving, as well as under-saddle work. They are particularly popular for fox hunting and show jumping, they also have been used by members of the royal family throughout their history, and they are still used to pull carriages in royal processions today. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The Cleveland Bay originated in England during the 17th century.
  2. The Cleveland Bay is rare breed with a great risk of extinction.
  3. The Pure-Bred Cleveland Bay is a very intelligent horse with a sensible temperament.
  4. The Cleveland Bay stand between 64 and 66 inches tall.
  5. Cleveland Bays are not always bay in color but can be a variety of colors.
  6. 550 horses existed worldwide as of 2006.
  7. In the 1920s, Cleveland Bays replaced black Arabians in the British royal stables.
  8. Currently, there are about 135 purebred Cleveland Bays in the US and Canada.
  9. Cleveland Bays’ actions are level, strict, and short striding.
  10. The Cleveland Bay is the oldest established breed of English Horse.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Cleveland Bay Horse expert! Here are the answers:

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  5. F    The Cleveland Bay is always bay in color.
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  7. F    Cleveland Bays replaced black Hanoverians during the 1920s.
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  9. F    Cleveland Bays actions are level, free, and long striding.

10.   T

Well, do you know your horse facts about Cleveland Bay Horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful and rare Cleveland Bay Horse breed:

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

http://www.clevelandbay.org/the-breed/about-the-breed.html

http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/clevelandbay/

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

Have you read this great book yet?

Keystone Stables Book 3Skye and Morgan have their hands full trying to share God’s love and the preciousness of life with Tanya Bell, an African-American girl and a runaway who becomes a foster child in the Chambers’ household.     Although Tanya’s adoptive parents are successful in business, Tanya is an obnoxious teen and veteran shoplifter. But when Southern Belle, one of the Keystone Stables’ mares, dies giving birth to a foal, Tanya is transformed as she takes responsibility for the foal. Through her love for the foal and Skye’s friendship, Tanya faces the problems in her life instead of running from them and turns to God to help her work through her past

http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Belles-Special-Keystone-Stables/dp/0310717949/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378306613&sr=1-3&keywords=the+keystone+stables

Today’s Horse Facts: The Galiceno

The Galiceno is a rare breed of horse that few people know much about.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Galiceno Horse

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

 

If you’re a horse lover, then maybe you’ve heard of the breed called the Galiceno. Well, I am a horse lover, but I’ve never heard of this little beauty until I did research looking for different breeds of horses. This is an amazing little horse that most people know nothing about. Let’s see how well you know the Galiceno. Here’s your T/F quiz:

  1. The Galiceno was developed in Mexico in the 16th Century with horses from Spain and Cuba.
  2. They were first imported  to the United States in the 19th Century around the time of the U.S. Civil War.
  3. The Galiceno horse is also considered a pony.
  4. They are only about 12 to 13.2 hands high.
  5. Galicenos can be any color.
  6. In the 1959, the U.S.A. created a formal breed registry.
  7. They are strong enough that children and adults can ride them.
  8. They are shown in  different classes, even as jumpers.
  9. They have a smooth gaited run that’s a comfortable ride.
  10. The breed is considered  rare and is still few in numbers.

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

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  2. F  They weren’t imported into the U.S.A. until 1958!
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  5. F  They can be any solid color, but pintos and albinos are not allowed.
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Now, tell me if you knew much about this cute little breed of horse.

To learn more about this fascinating breed, visit:

http://horsebreedslist.com/horse-breeds/50/galiceno

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

Happy riding!

Marsha

www.marshahubler.com

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WHISPERING HOPE

When nasty gang member Wanda Stallord comes to Keystone Stables, she wants nothing to do with Skye or the horses. All Wanda wants to do is shoot pool and run away. But when a barn fire and Wanda’s disappearance occur at the same time, Skye determines to love Wanda into a decent human being.

Book 7. Keystone Stables

http://www.amazon.com/Whispering-Keystone-Stables-Marsha-Hubler/dp/0310716918/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366041289&sr=1-1&keywords=Whispering+Hope+by+Marsha+Hubler