Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Book Tag - The Job A Horse Was Born To Do

I was Book Tagged by Karen at Karen’s Musings & Endurance Ride Stuff

I have been wanting to write a post titled, "The Job A Horse Was Born to Do" or something like that.  It just so happened the book nearest me gave me a good suegway into that post.

Here's the rules:
  1. Grab the nearest HORSE book.  
  2. Open the book to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one. Pick the Closest.
  6. Tag five people to do the same.
Here's mine, it's from "How To Be Your Own Veterinarian Sometimes" by Ruth B. James, DMV

The chances of producing a winning cutting horse are much greater when both parents are proven cutting horses.  A foal with stakes winners on both sides of his pedigree has a far greater probability of winning races than one from a casual, guesswork mating.

  If you are breeding for type, start with a broodmare who is as close as possible to your desired goal.  If you want stretchy, tall Quarter Horses, start with that type. Don't buy a bulldog mare and breed from there.

Amen to that!  Just as people can be miserable in the wrong job so can a horse.  If you force a reining horse to do western pleasure you will always be slowing him down.  He will get bored riding around on the rail, but once you introduce that horse to some patterns, spins and stops it will be like penguin in water.  On land a penguin lumbers around, but in the water you can see that he is a bird that flies, and he flies beautifully. 

So in essence, if you are breeding, breed your horse with the correct bloodlines.  If you are buying a horse, let him to do what he was bred for!

With that, I have five people to tag so here goes: 

Theresa at A Bumpy Path
Equine Spirit at Education With Equines


Jessie said...

Thanks for the tag! I'll post soon.

I am trying to figure out what Rem was born to do. So far he seems to enjoy reining, although he is a little on the lazy side. I can't wait to introduce him to cows to see if he's got any cow sense, I hope he does...

Theresa said...

Deanna, my contribution to this tag is Imagination in a Colt's First Ride, a post that I've been meaning to write up for quite awhile too.

Let me know what you think!

EquineSpirit said...!! Thanks for the tag! :)

Deanna said...

Ohhh, reining what fun! The cows sound like fun too.

I can't wait to read your tags everybody :)