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Read About Buckskin Show Horses

Buckskin Show Horses are specially colored horses that find a prominent place in racing. Here's everything you need to know about this horse breed.

Buckskin Show Horses - Horse Breed Facts

  1. Breed Group:

    Color Breed
  2. Height & Weight:

    Height can be from 14 to 17 hands; weight can be 1100 to 1500 pounds.
  3. Coat:

    They have a smooth glossy coat, with minimum horsehair on their bodies.
  4. Head & Neck:

    Head is triangular with an almost conical projecting snout; neck is severely muscled and shows prominent veins.
  5. Body:

    Body is supple, and provided with good muscle structure. The shoulders are broad and withers are rounded.
  6. Conformation:

    Skeleton contains 210 bones, the vertebral bones being the strongest and lubricated by synovia.
  7. Colors:

    They are available in colors such as buckskin (the color of tanned deer hide with black points), dun, red dun, grulla and brindle.
  8. Gait:

    They can walk, trot, canter and gallop.
  9. Popularity:

    They are very popular as race horses.
  10. Registries:

    All buckskin show horses must be registered with the International Buckskin Horse Association.

Buckskin Show Horses - Horse Breed Origins

  1. Country of Origin:

    Spain, USA, England.
  2. Lineage/Bloodline:

    A pure breed of horses that were buckskin colored is supposed to have sired the buckskin show horse breed of today.
  3. Historical Information:

    A segment of the buckskin show horses, i.e. the Norwegian Buckskin horses are so old, that their origins are a mystery to modern day zoologists.

Buckskin Show Horses - Horse Breed Defining Characteristics

  1. Training Ease:

    These horses are fairly easy to train, but are better handled by professional jockeys. They are intelligent creatures.
  2. Temperament:

    Buckskin show horses are cool-minded and obedient to their masters once they are tamed.
  3. Child Friendly:

    Most animals of this breed get along well with children.
  4. Behavior:

    Buckskin show horses are shy animals, but with adequate training they can be prepared for showing.
  5. Riding Ease:

    It is fairly easy to ride a buckskin show horse.
  6. Uses:

    This horse breed is generally used for competitive purposes and for purposes of exhibition.

Buckskin Show Horses - Horse Breed Concerns

  1. Health Issues:

    They may suffer from tetanus if not vaccinated early. They are generally a healthy breed.
  2. Feeding:

    They require a good diet, complete with grasses, legumes and shrubs.
  3. Outfitting:

    They would look good with a full horse outfit, which should contain the saddle, bridle and tack.

Buckskin Show Horses - How to Choose a Horse Breed

  1. What to Look for:

    Look for a buckskin show horse which has only the allowed colors. It should have a strong physique and a good temperament.
  2. What you will Need:

    About 6 to 8 feet of stable space with a good field for exercising.