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HORSES ARE THE BEST FARM ANIMAL

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Join us in our dedication toward better horsemanship and advocacy for all horses.

Horses are without a doubt the most important farm animal!

Here are recent statistics which serve as testament to this statement:

  • The horse industry contributes $50 billion to the US economy.
  • There are 90,000 wild horses in just 10 western US.
  • The horse population in the US counts over 10.31 million horses.
  • The number of horses worldwide is almost 60 million.
  • The state with the highest number of horse population is Texas.
  • There are 350 recognized horse breeds in the US.
  • The most paid for a working horse was $112,500.
  • Horses need 2–3 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
  • The oldest horse recorded lived to 62 years old.
  • The Earth has had horses for over 50 million years.
  • There are about 350 nationally recognized horse breeds.
  • Horses were used for food before riding or carting.
  • Horses providing support to humans has been documented for at least four thousand years.

There are 30+ different sports which involve teamwork between the horse and human connection.
Here are some examples of different equestrian sports:

  • Horse Showing
  • Gymkhana Games: Barrel racing, Pole bending, etc.
  • Show Jumping
  • Polo
  • Steeple Chasing
  • Mounted Racing
  • Harness Racing
  • Mounted Shooting
  • Dressage
  • Endurance Riding
  • Rodeo
  • Trail Riding

Many horses have become famous television stars.
Here are some examples:

  • Amigo, Cordell Walker’s horse in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger
  • Argo, from Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Bandit, buckskin from Caitlin’s Way
  • The Black Stallion in Adventures of the Black Stallion
  • Blue Jeans, Miley Stewart’s horse in Hannah Montana
  • Buck, the buckskin horse of Ben Cartwright on the TV series Bonanza
  • Buck, the buckskin horse ridden by Trampas in the TV series The Virginian
  • Champion the Wonder Horse, the eponymous hero of a 1950s television series
  • Chico, also his real name, Queen of Swords’ horse
  • Chub, Chubb, or Chubby, the horse of Hoss Cartwright on the Bonanza television series
  • Cochise, Little Joe’s horse on the Bonanza television series
  • Cocoa, Nick Barkley’s horse on The Big Valley TV series (Cocoa was retired at the end of the Hunter’s Moon episode in Season Four)
  • Domino, the pinto ridden by Bill Longley, played by Rory Calhoun in The Texan TV series
  • Fury, the eponymous black stallion of the 1950s TV series
  • Joe D., the horse ridden by the Virginian in the TV series The Virginian
  • Katy, the paint mare belonging to The Kid from The Young Riders
  • Li’l Sebastian, the little horse beloved by Pawnee, Indiana in the sitcom Parks and Recreation
  • Mister Ed, eponymous horse of the CBS series, 1961–1966.
  • Meindert het Paard, a horse who is a character in the Dutch TV children’s puppet series De Fabeltjeskrant.
  • Pie-O-My, Ralph Cifaretto’s horse from Episodes 44 and 48 of Season 4 of The Sopranos
  • Phantom, Zorro’s white horse in the Disney series Zorro
  • Scout, Tonto’s horse
  • Silver, the Lone Ranger’s horse
  • Sophie, Colonel Potter’s horse on M*A*S*H
  • Spartan, Amy Fleming’s horse from Heartland
  • Sport, the chestnut gelding of Adam Cartwright on the television series
  • Bonanza
  • Superstar, the real name of the black horse who played James West’s horse in the TV series The Wild Wild West
  • Tornado, Zorro’s black horse
  • Wildfire, from ABC Family’s Wildfire

Many horses have become famous movie stars.
Here are some examples:

  • Aldebaran, Antares, Rigel and Altair from Ben-Hur (one of four from the chariot race)
  • Arizona Pie, Sarah Brown’s horse from International Velvet
  • April Love, from April Love (1957)
  • Artax, Atreyu’s Horse from The NeverEnding Story
  • Bad Horse, from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Beau, from True Grit with John Wayne
  • Beric, Lancelot’s horse, from Knights of the Round Table with Robert Taylor
  • Big John, from For Richer or Poorer
  • The Black Stallion, from The Black Stallion and The Black Stallion Returns, based on Walter Farley’s books; played by the Arabian stallion Cass Ole
  • The Young Black Stallion from The Young Black Stallion film based on Walter Farley’s book.
  • Blue Boy, race horse from Laurel and Hardy’s 1929 comedy short, Wrong Again
  • Bucephalus, from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Alexander
  • Checkers, from Moondance Alexander
  • Cisco, John Dunbar’s buckskin gelding from Dances with Wolves
  • Cochise, the Appaloosa stallion ridden by John Wayne in the movie El Dorado
  • Conquistador, the General’s horse stolen and rescued by Pablito from The
  • Littlest Outlaw
  • Copper, one of the horses ridden by Eddie Dean in his films
  • Denny, the buckskin gelding of The Man From Snowy River (also appeared in the sequel, The Man from Snowy River II)
  • Diablo, the black and white pinto from the Cisco Kid movies
  • Dollar, the horse of John Wayne’s character (John Bernard “J.B.” Books) in The Shootist, 1976
  • Don, talking horse from Hot to Trot
  • Dover, race horse from My Fair Lady (does not appear on screen)
  • Flash, from Flash
  • Flicka, from Flicka (based on the book My Friend Flicka)
  • Ginger, from Black Beauty
  • Goliath, from Ladyhawke
  • Gulliver, from The Horse Whisperer book and film of the same name
  • Gunpowder, Constable Ichabod Crane’s horse in the film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Gypsy, Meggie MacWade’s horse, which undertakes a 500-mile journey over treacherous terrain to be reunited with her in Gypsy Colt
  • Hidalgo, paint stallion from the movie of the same name (disputed)
  • The Horse of a Different Color, from The Wizard of Oz
  • Joey, from the movie War Horse
  • Little Blackie, from the John Wayne film True Grit
  • Lucky Number Slevin, from the movie of the same name
  • Khartoum, the ill-fated horse from The Godfather
  • Maximus, horse featured in the animated film Tangled
  • Napoleon, Snoe’s gray cart horse and The Black’s stable mate in the film The
  • Black Stallion
  • Nurah and Thebes, the horses of Pharaoh Ramses from Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 The Ten Commandments
  • Oliver Hardy, at the end of Flying Deuces; after he died in a plane crash, he was reincarnated as a horse
  • Pepper, from Two Bits and Pepper (1995)
  • Phillip, Edmund’s horse from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Pie, Velvet Brown’s horse from National Velvet
  • Pilgrim, troubled, injured horse from The Horse Whisperer book and movie
  • Shadowfax from Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • Sonny, Joe’s horse in My Outlaw Brother
  • Spirit, buckskin stallion from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
  • Sprout, from The Parent Trap
  • Sylvester, from Sylvester (1985)
  • Taff/Bo, the main horse character in Disney’s Ride a Wild Pony
  • Tír na nÓg from Into the West
  • Tolo, gelding from The Long Shot
  • Two Bits, from Two Bits and Pepper (1995)

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_horses
https://petpedia.co/horse-statistics/
https://worldanimalfoundation.org/advocate/how-manu-horses-are-there/

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Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride with hot chocolate and s’mores in the wintertime, or a horse-drawn ranch tour with ice cream in the warmer weather. If you have a party larger than what the ride allows, book a second ride at the same time and we’ll take two pairs of horses for your group. Please let us know if we need to add more rides to the schedule to accommodate your fun adventure!