I’m sure there are no rules about what you post on your blog as an equine author, but I thought I’d share a little bit about my favourite breed of horse. And while I’m at it, I might ask: what’s yours? Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite breed/s of horse or pony 🙂
My favourite breed of horse would have to be the thoroughbred. I love the majestic look of the Friesian and have a soft spot for the gorgeous Arabian, but the thoroughbred has to be my all time favourite. I wonder if this is because my first job after completing my Diploma of Horse Breeding was in the thoroughbred stud world. These horses are beautiful, athletic and able to work in a variety of disciplines. I think their versatility has a lot to do with it, too. You can use them for Pony Club, racing, eventing, dressage, show jumping, trail rides and much more.
As someone who used to work as a strapper in a racing stable, I know that here in Australia thoroughbreds are in high demand after their racing career has finished. Many people want to take them on, retrain them and introduce them to a new discipline.
You can get Thoroughbreds as short and stocky sprinters (well, short being around 14.3 hands high) or as tall, lanky long distance runners. I distinctly remember handling a couple of mares whilst studying at TAFE that I had to look up to be able to see well! They were both well over 16 hands high, probably closer to 17hh and at 5 foot 6, I felt a little small beside them!
I love that this breed of horse is a great employer for not only people working with horses in Australia, but in many places around the world. Horse racing is a big sport and it’s enjoyed by many. If you work with racehorses, chances are you can travel the world and land a job working with them. The breeding industry is just as big and this is where I have gained most of my working experience. I love being able to work with 200 different horses – all thoroughbreds – over a 5 month breeding season. This breed provides so many opportunities to learn, work and get paid and of course, they’re fun to ride, too.
Although the thoroughbred is my favourite breed, they don’t feature in the Free Rein series or my standalone novel B and B. You will find them showcased however in Horse Country and my Thoroughbred Breeders series for adults 🙂