I want everyone to know: Horses are special because they ALLOW us to ride them. They build trust with us. No matter how good you train them, they choose to cooperate. So do dogs, except you shouldn't ride them obviously. There will be blogs by me about specific horses and ponies. This one is just about horses, but we mention a few donkeys and ponies sometimes. The next blog is about equines, but the specific breed is a surprise, so keep your eyes open!
A horse a beautiful animal. Mares are adult female horses, while stallions are adult male horses that had not been gelded (which is like neutered, which means to stop a male from helping to reproduce, but for male horses). A gelding is a male gelded horse. I'm not sure what a spayed female horse would be called. Maybe it's not possible. The horse is meausured in hands up to the shoulders. Riding a horse is great fun. There are two types of saddles: Western and English. I have ridden Western once. Dressage is competitive horse training. It's in the Summer Olympics. Treat your horse with care, and I would say, whipping, spurs on cowboy boots, and any other way of hurting your animal is not going to build trust with them. Please take care of your horse, because they won't feel pain (and you will feel how I feel about using methods like that, if you love animals), and trust you. Riding without saddles is awesome, if you know what you're doing, because it shows trust between you and your horse! Trust IS they key with these equines. You can either have a nervous horse or a best bud AND riding star (along with you)!