Hey folks, hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I mentioned this last year, but it's worth mentioning again: Traunstein, Germany has an Easter tradition of parading horses up and down its streets decked out in flowers, braids and native costume. Go Google some pictures, they're worth it!
Speaking of Easter (but not the holiday), I just ran across this neat mini-documentary about a mysterious Mad Horse disease that was plaguing Easter Island. An American vet on vacation found out about it, pitched in and spent his "leisure" time dissecting horses to find the cause. What a hero! I hadn't even known there were horses on Easter Island. Apparently there are twice as many horses as there are people actually... to the point where all the local vegetation is disappearing. You can read more about them here, and read and watch a video about a horse race on Easter Island here.
Spot the Mustang Quiz Answers
The correct answers were B, E and H!
B and E are "Spanish mustangs." H is a BLM mustang.
"Consistency in type is important and the Spanish mustang should be immediately discernible upon sight by anyone familiar with the breed." -Spanish Mustang Registry
Three quite different horses, aren't they? B is a more leggy fellow, who looks fairly quarterhorse-ish. He's weak/awkward in his hind-end coupling and post-legged, but I think he's not absolutely awful. He's got an okay shoulder and pretty good hip, he's proportional and his topline is okay. E is a mess and looks more like a grade paint. 'Nuff said. H is a plain old BLM mustang, but looks incredibly sturdy- she probably has draft blood in her. Other than being slightly downhill (and she's only two) I think this gal looks awesome. All the correct angles, few faults. If you're not into heavier-boned horses she may not be your cup of tea, but I guarantee she will stay sound for years. She'll be up for adoption on the BLM website in April!
If you're wondering what breed each of the horses in the quiz was, here you go! You can click on each link in the list below to be taken to the sources of the picture.
A Welsh pony/grade mare
B Kiger "Spanish" mustang
C Registered Morgan mare
D Hackney Pony gelding
E Registered "Spanish mustang"
F Registered Estonian stallion
G Registered Polish Arabian mare
H BLM mustang filly (soon to be up for adoption on the BLM website)
Fun fact: I owned horse G for a very short while, years ago. Lika Tiger Lily was the most petite, sweet little thing I had ever seen. She was sold at a tiny backyard auction because her former owner owed so much on boarding fees, and the barn owner just wanted to get rid of her. I was there, the auctioneer was begging for a bid, and my hand rose up of its own accord, I swear. I took her home in a daze and admired her beauty, but quickly realized I had no earthly use for her, registered or not, and sold her on. Dear little Lika, I hope you are having a nice life.
Hey, you know what, if people are founding a breed registry based on the idea that some horses may have lots of "Spanish" blood, or are a bit Freisian, or have a small percentage of "warmblood" in them, why can't the rest of us have our own breed registry too? How about Horses of the North? It could be a registry open to any horse in the Northern Hemisphere with European blood. Breed requirements would include having four legs, and a long flowing mane to prove how mystical and virile the horse is. Okay, DONE! If you want your horse to be registered, just head on over to this page.
Moving on, it's time for another brief Wisconsin Craigslist free/cheap horse roundup.
Free Lamas & Cheap Miniature Donkeys (Twin Lakes Wi) Call only 262-945-0202
Free 13 year old dun Mustang gelding. Ad here. Milwaukee.
10 month old registered Arabian filly. $150. Pics here.
Thin Arabian colt in Watertown with embedded halter. Pic to the right. Ad here. $100
Free 10 year old QH gelding in Fountain City free to good home. Light riding/companion only. Ad here.
Free scrawny, underfed yearling horse and mini pony, near Seymour/Greenbay. Ad here.
Free young big palomino pasture pet. Sounds like he could be make sound with proper care. Green Bay. Ad here.
CUTE young bay pony/small horse mare. Was a broodmare. Free. Lafayette County.
Free 6 year old mini gelding, broke to lead/pony kids. Green Bay 1-920-897-5492
Free 20 year old mini pony stallion here. Not broke. Clarks Grove