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 female horse, a gelding is a fixed male horse, and a jenny is a female donkey. There are also others, but HART only has mares, geldings, and a jenny.
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.
Copyright © 2018 HART Equine Therapy Center, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.