This is a horse that I have known if for years, his name is Ten Fold. Being a photographer who has a tendency to have favorites in the ring I can tell you I have a lot of pictures of this incredible athlete.
The English sport horse is a type of horse, rather than any particular breed. The term is usually applied to horses bred for the traditional Olympic equestrian sporting events of dressage, eventing, show jumping, and combined driving. The precise definition varies. In the United States, horses used in hunt seat and show hunter competition are often classed as sport horses. The British show hunter is classified as a “show horse.”
A sport horse’s characteristics include the following:
- Conformation: most sport horses have similarities in their conformation. These inclu Save & Exit de a sloping shoulder, “turned-over” neck, and uphill build. Conformation has direct effects on the animal’s movement and jumping ability.
- Movement: although movement may vary between disciplines, most sport horses are bred for a long, athletic stride and movement that uses the whole body. The trot and canter should have good suspension, and the horse naturally reaches under his body with his hind legs. This movement makes it easier for the rider to teach the horse to engage, collect, and extend his stride, which are necessary qualities in all sport horse disciplines.
- Jumping ability: horses bred for the jumping disciplines also possess good jumping form, with tight lower legs and good bascule. They are also bred to have conformation that allows them to jump higher.
- Temperament: because of the great deal of training needed to produce a successful sport horse, they are generally bred for trainability and willingness to work. Horses intended for Olympic-level may be bred a bit “hotter,” which can be controlled by their experienced riders and used to his or her advantage, while those intended for amateur use are generally bred to be quieter and more forgiving.
This painting was referenced by my personal photograph.