leslielandberg wrote:If my memory of high school history serves, horses were introduced to the Americas in the 1400's by the Conquistadores.
Horses as a species originated on this continent and crossed back into the "Old World" via the Beringia land bridge back before the Ice Age. They were reintroduced by some conquistadores who were actually "conversano" Jews, found out, and hunted down by the Spanish crown. Their horses were left here and became Mesteños, or Mustangs.
The Camel is much better suited to the desert environment than is the horse.
Might want to let the Arabs and the Mustangs know that
Horses are highstrung animals that require training to behave during events which involve lots of people, fire, smoke and noise.
There are breeds that do better than others, mostly the coldbloods. I agree. I'd probably bring a Tinker or a Drum Horse (Tinker x Shire or Clydesdale) out before I'd bring a Thoroughbred, Morgan, or even an Akhal Teke (which *is* a desert horse).
It's also down to the individual horse, too. There's a quality called "courage" and it's more common than one would think. Horses do have a lick of intelligence, and many actually get a kick out of facing down something that spooks them.
Again, mileage varies. And I wouldn't go anywhere near any of the fire art with any animal, cat, horse, dog or camel.
I love the idea, but it is better suited to the Ren Faire, than to BM. But maybe in time...
do what people in parades, stage productions and dressage do (or so I've heard) give them enemas before taking them out.
Speaking as a dressage rider...that sort of thing is absolutely antithetical to the very principles of dressage. I'd believe it of the saddle-seat riders, though...massive difference.