Registered horses will have their real date of birth in their certificate, but for competitions that are sorted by age, January 1 of the year born is the date used.
Because of that, people tend to call a horse a two year old even when he is not quite that age yet, but a few weeks or months away from it.
When buying and selling, the same applies.
If a horse is born in the year 2000, he turned eight years old in January this year, not at his real birthday.
Ok, I'll ask a color question I'm too embarrassed to ask anyone in person. I have a horse who is registered color is black, but he's really a dark, chocolate brown, with a dark chocolate brown mane and tail, that burns out on the ends to red. When he sun bleaches, he lightens up to a dark khaki color. What color is he, really?
that you should look at his flank and muzzle to tell if it is a true black vs. a dark bay or brown. The flank and muzzle should be black, not a lighter shade. I don't know how true that is, but hey, thats the way I figure black from brown =)
Last edited by gammillgirl; Oct. 12, 2008 at 08:03 PM.
Reason: can't type with this dang bandaid on my finger
If one places the single elastic buckle on the right, the saddle slips when mounting. Seems like the elastic gives. But when the elastic is on the left the whole girth provides resistance to the force generated when mounting
Much better (IMVHO) to have a girth with elastic both ends.