Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friesian Horses

The Friesian horse, or Haddraver, is at last being acknowledged as one of the original royal horses of Europe, albeit not so well known as it colleagues the Andalusian, Lusitano, and Lipizzaner. Royal horses are breeds or types favored by royalty for their type and bearing. The Friesian hails from the coastal Friesland province of Holland, and its old name, Harddraver, means good trotter in Dutch. Coldblooded horse remains 3,000 years ago found in the area prove ancestral horses in Friesian is descended. the Romans respected the then rather ugly Friesian as an excellent working horse, and it went to Britain with the Frieslanders who were pressed into service as cavalryman with the Romans armies. It was used in the formation of Britain's Fell and Dales ponies, as well as influencing most of the world's trotting breeds. Used as an excellent hack, the Friesian was also popular on farms and was used in the formation of the German Oldenburg breed. Just before World War 1, the only Friesians in existence were three stallions and a few quality mares. Judicious crossing and selective breeding with the Oldenburg restored the Friesian. The Friesian is now being recognized as one of the old, original Haute Ecole breeds. In Holland, it is also a much-loved and showy carriage horse with remarkable trotting ability. A light to middleweight horse, having a proud yet gentle bearing. Most are fairly tractable, if energetic and enthusiastic. It is hardy and a good all-rounder. The Friesian has spread throughout the world; its presence and active, showy trot in harness makes it very popular in show rings and in the festivals of its homeland. The Friesian is also being revived as a Haute Ecole horse. Friesian horses stand about 15 hands high.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

facts about rabbits

1. Rabbits are adorable and loving creatures.
2. Rabbits love when you gently stoke them. Just be sure to stroke them gently. A good technique for stroking a rabbit is to begin at the head and move your hand gently down its back.
3. Bunnies are born with their eyes shut.
4. A mother rabbit will pull fur from her chest to make a nest for her bunnies.
5. Bunny rabbits are surprisingly born without fur!
6. Rabbits who are kept in good health and condition usually will live an average of 9 to 15 years. 
7. If you are planning on showing your rabbit carrots are not necessarily the best food for your bunny.
8. In the wild rabbits normally live together in groups named; warrens.
9. Rabbits can out run a full grown dog for short distances.
10. There are over a hundred different rabbit breeds.
11. Wild rabbits are usually not tame and should be handled with caution.
12. One time a mother rabbit had twenty four bunnies in one litter!
13. Rabbits have sharp eyesight and hearing.
14. Just like puppies and kittens baby rabbits enjoy having fun, just in a different way.
15. Lop rabbits are one of the most popular types of pet bunnies.
16. When a rabbit nuzzles you he or she is most likely trying to show affection.
17. Rabbits sometimes rub their chin over objects to show possession.
18. If you have a pet rabbit regular vet trips can help ensure it stays in good health.
19. Be careful what you feed your rabbit, some plants are toxic to rabbits.
20. Rabbits can be trained if you are willing to put forth the time and effort.