How to Read the Horse Profiles

Birthdate:   Fun fact, even though horses have a specific birthday, all horses turn  a year older on January 1st. This is for breeding and show purposes.  All horses do have a birthday, but not all are known. As you look  through the horse profiles some have their actual birth date and some  only the year is known, so they have the January 1st birthdate. Horses  that have known birthdays are usually the ones who have registration  papers. If a horse is not registered or the papers don't follow to the  next owner, the horse's birthday is listed at January 1st. 

Sex: Mare is an adult girl and a gelding is a fixed boy. There are also others, but HART only has mares and geldings. 

Breed:  A group of horses with distinctive characteristics that are carried on  to offspring consistently.  Some characteristics can be: conformation,  color, performance ability, or disposition.  There are over 300 breeds  of horses in the world.

Height: Height is measure in hands which  can correspond to inches, each hand equals 4 inches. A horse qualifies  as a pony if it is under 52 inches or 14.2 hands, although some people  believe it is 14 hands.

Weight: Weight is measured in  pounds just like humans. Horses do not stand on a scale to get weighed,  they are measured with a weight tape that goes over the withers and  around the stomach. This gives an accurate measurement of their weight.  It is important to know a horse's weight in order to give them the  proper nutrition, which includes hay and grain each day. 

Color:  The most commonly seen coat colors are Chestnut, Bay, Gray, Black, and  palomino.  Sometimes a horse can have multiple colors which is called a  pinto.

Markings: Distinctive white areas on an otherwise dark base coat color.  Most commonly on the head and legs.

Disposition: This is how the horse acts or the vibes it gives off; knowing a horse's disposition will help when riding.

Likes:  Every horse likes something and you can really learn a lot about the  horses when you spending quality time with them. Whether that be riding,  grooming, or just walking out into the pasture with all of them. 

Dislikes:  Just like people, horses have dislikes too; by spending more time with  the horse, you will learn what they don't enjoy so much. 

Weight  limit: The maximum weight limit is set to protect the horse. As a  general rule of thumb, a horse can carry 20% of its body weight,, this  is the maximum weight that should be placed on the horses back. In  addition here are many other factors. If the horse has a long back there  should be less weight forced on their back. If their back is shorter it  tends to be stronger and can handle more weight. Also the confirmation  of the horse plays a big part in the amount of weight that can be  handled. If the horse has poor joints like a human, there shouldn't be  maximum weight forced on the horse. As you are reading through the horse  profiles, you will realize a lot of the horses don't have the maximum  weight because of these other factors that people don't consider. 

History:  The history of the horse includes many different aspects. A lot of  these horses weren't just HART horses, even though they do a great job  with it now. A lot of them had many different jobs. Many of the horses  were rescued or given to Kim. People often have their bias about horses  like that, but there are some great stories of how they can be proven  differently.