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Clydesdale Mad - 2012-11-25
Who on earth said that Clydesdales were not used for ploughing? Clydesdales were bred in Scotland to work the land as well as for pulling. The true 'Scottish' breed also has 'COW HOCKS' as a standard so that their huge feet would fit into the furrows (and they still do)! Whoever wrote that Clydesdales weren't 'plough' horses is having a joke. What has America done with our Clydesdales. Not bred for ploughing and only used as 'flashy carriage horses'? There weren't any 'flashy carriages' in Scotland (we were too poor) and only 'The Laird' would have carriages when these laddies were bred. Scotland was predominently a FARMING and FISHING country back then. Where do you get your information from? My auld grandfather would turn in his grave if he heard about this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-25
    I understood the information a little bit differently, saying that  their legs were bred to be very sturdy... so they are excellently suited for pulling carriages on hard cobblestone roads. Also they were used throughout many countries for farm work, so it naturally seems that they would have been used for ploughing. However I can see how it is confusing and you've provided a very interesting tidbit as well, about their being bred with 'cow hocks' as a standard, so their large feet would fit into the furrows.
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Shelley Richey - 2012-11-08
Is it good to feed them raw pototoe, he wont eat apples

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    I don't see why a poptatoe would hurt anything - have you tried cutting the apple in half.  Just nothing with pits like a peach.
  • alex - 2012-11-19
    Don't feed potatoes to horses! They cant digest them and potatoes can become poisonous to horses.
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Anonymous - 2012-11-17
I am trying to convince my parents on getting me a horse or pony. Fjords are my number one breed, and they're good for beginner owners as well. (I heard) And since they don't need shoes and I would be able to do pasture board and rough board since I like taking care of horses. I wouldn't be doing a lot of shows since I need to get back into the basics. I remember a lot about riding but I haven't even stated jumping or dressage yet so right now it would be a pleasure horse for trail riding. Since I wouldn't need a blanket for the winter but will need some feed (where I live we have a lot of feed...That's mainly all we grow here!) how expensive would owning a Fjord be? People say that the breed doesn't make the horse cheaper but in this case I personally think it does. Fjords don't need shoes, winter jackets, love the pastures (so pasture board would be best.) and Colic and the other thing is rare in them. I would always groom and trim my pony and I'm 4 foot 11. My parents are mainly concerned about money. The vet and boarding will be the most expensive but I'm thinking of getting horse insurance as well, so do you think this would be a good beginner horse? Would it be a little bit cheaper than a thoroughbred or with horse insurance, without shoes, not doing shows, and would only need those yearly shots and deworming? (I'm thinking of giving shots by myself.)

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  • Jessie - 2012-11-18
    Fjords are just as, if not more expensive to keep and care for as any other horse. They can easily need shoes depending on the terrain you ride. Sand, gravel and any kind of paving will grind down their hard little feet. (we currently only have our mares front feet done, but the no shoe thing is a myth.) They also eat ALOT if you let them. They are 100% feed motivated and if pasture kept and not restrained WILL become overwieght quickly which will lead to tons of health issues. Yes twice a year shots and deworming is easy and cheap, but don't forget about yearly dental which is very important and not cheap. If you live in a very cold environment as we do blanketing IS needed, just because they have arctic bloodlines doesn't mean that YOUR horse is adapted to cold temps, it takes time to acclimate. They are great horses, very smart (which can make training a challenge) and would recomend them to almost eveyone, and your original theory is correct that you might save a little $ over a larger hotter breed but not much and the upfront cost for a properly bred Fjord with good bloodlines (regardless of you showing or not make sure the parents have both been evaluated and given a score by the registry, it will ensure the foal hasn't been too inbred. A big problem in Fjords which also leads to many health issues.) can also be pricey. Good luck in your hunt! Oh and don't forget their average life span is closer to 30 years than 20 as with other breeds so it is a very long term commitment and investment.
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Ali Jay - 2009-12-17
horses are so cool like the Lithuania stallion

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destiny - 2012-10-22
I've always wanted a clydesdale but there so expensive and I don't have room at my house! I wish somewhere there was a close horse ranch with clydesdales! <3 from Wisconsin

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Rita - 2012-10-16
Anglo arabs are the best horses EVER!!!!

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keith - 2011-02-20
What color are lipazzaner horses at birth?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-10-08
    Usually black or very dark grey/brown. They lighten as they get older = the lighter a lipizzaner, the older it is :-)
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Bee - 2012-10-07
My barn has a halfi, and I've taken to brushing him. He's the sweetest, chunkiest pony ever! Whenever i ride him, he's perfect, and his trot is SO comfortable. In love with them....

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Anonymous - 2011-07-06
I love this website! It has really helped me to find out all I can about horses before getting my own.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    I am glad. Tell us about your pony.
  • monica - 2011-12-06
    you can get your horse involved in a jumping competition to take place in south africa . it is a long term competition and for every race the horse has a commission to earn which will be paid directly to your account for more details contact dac.monica4@gmail.com.
    thanks
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-16
    i have a horse to (: but she is really like a big baby
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karen ash - 2012-01-27
I just got my first appy this october and he is a very frisky boy. I lovehimto death!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Wonderful:-) happy for you
  • Vanessa Hamley - 2012-04-08
    That is good. I have always wanted an appaloosa.:)
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