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Desirable Characteristics of Horses for Selected Uses

Desirable Characteristics of Horses for Selected Uses

Use

Main Qualities

Temperament

Draft horses

Strength

Calm and willing

Polo

Quick and agile

Well balanced

Show jumping

Agile

Well balanced

Steeple chasing or flat racing

Speed and stamina

Well balanced and competitive

Classic horsemanship or dressage

Elegance

Calm and well balanced

Distance riding

Stamina and endurance

Calm and dependable

Pleasure riding

Easy and sure-footed gait

Calm and dependable