Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Getting Ready For Breyerfest C/Y Show Pt. 3-Picking Your Breed

Once you've picked out your best halter models, it's time to look for classes that your models can fit in. Remember though that only one model can be in each class.

Picking Your Breed

To find different breeds I use horse breed books. But there are also numerous websites on breeds that work well too. I think this is a great one--Horse breed website . If you find a breed that is rare or isn't listed in the breed guide or it's an unusual color, you'll have to make a breed card. I'll discuss on how to make a breed card later in another post.
Breyer models come in many shapes and sizes. For some, numerous breeds can be added to their name. Even though Flash may be pinned by Breyer as a Morgan, you may be able to make him a Quarter Pony. But if you aren't sure about a breed, you can always be safe and go with what Breyer has made the model.
When deciding on a breed, look at the model and decide what type it is : draft, light, or pony.
Draft horses are the plows of the horse world.

Light horses are the ones that are ridden or used for more 'light' work such as riding, light driving, racing or things of that nature.

Ponies are any breed of horse that is shorter than 14.2 hands (a hand is 4 inches).

Once you've figured out the conformation type, you've narrowed down your list of possible breeds.
Most horse breed sources are categorized into the different breed types.
Light Breeds can be broken down even further. There are: Gaited, Spanish, Stock, and Sport plus light.
Gaited horses are horses that have special gaits other than walk, trot, canter, or gallop. An example would be a Missouri Fox Trotter. Spanish horses are horses than originated in Spanish type countries such as the Andalusian. Stock horses are the Quarter horses/ bulldogs of the world. The other light breeds are breeds like the Arab.

Sport horses can be chopped up into sections of its own. It can be broken down into the Thoroughbred/ Standardbred, Warmbloods, and Carriage breeds (carriage breeds are different from draft). Carriage breeds are the 'showy' type of horse bred for harness work, such as the Friesian.
To put that all on one page here it is:

Go through your list and start looking at the pictures of the different horse breeds. Any that your model is close to, make a note. Looks at conformation and color. Both are important.
Out of the all breeds you made a note to, now's your chance to decide what your model will be. Remember for breed assignments, it comes down to really what your preference. Except for example you can't have a Clydesdale trying to pass as a Thoroughbred. Breeds that are close in conformation can be interchanged. Really though, pick the one you like best. At the show though, if your model doesn't place as one breed, you can not enter it into another class as another breed. That's a no-no.
If a model has the right conformation, but not the right color, you can make the model a mix. Just make sure you also have a breed card to show the two breeds mixing together to make your model.
Model horse breed assignments aren't a black and white deal. Most models can go for being multiple breeds and do well being so.
Another rule for Breyerfest is that every model that you're showing must have a identification tag. This identifies your model as yours, plus if you don't have it your model will be disqualified. Afterwards follow the rules on writing the tag for your model, loop it on securely and you're done!
If you have any questions comment away!

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