Breed Organization The American Blazer Horse Association ABHA Website: http://www.blazerhorse.info Native Country United States Of America Other Names N/A Average Height 13h - 15h Adult Weight 750+ LBS Rider Experience Level It varies on level of training.
Breed Description The registered Blazer Horse has been bred to exacting specifications of muscle placement, length of back, length of cannon bone and other
technical characteristics which maximize the usefulness of the horse. The qualifications for registration are but are not limited to:
A gentle and willing disposition to facilitate ease of training.
A refined head for beauty and intelligence.
Big bold eyes set well out on the corners of the head for better vision.
Extreme sloping of the shoulders for smoothness and ease of movement.
A short back to carry weight well.
A well rounded croup and long hip for driving power while turning and stopping.
Extreme length of the underside to promote speed and a longer stride.
Good flat bones for strength and durability.
Must be no less than 13 hands and no more than 15 hands at maturity.
Blood lines must trace back to LITTLE BLAZE number F-1.
No horse with glass or clouded eyes may be registered nor will horses with Pinto, Albino or Appaloosa coloring. In addition, horses with
white markings above the knees ( except for a blazed face ), may not be registered. Permanent registration is not attainable prior to the
age of two.
All horses accepted into the association must be inspected by authorized agents of the Blazer Horse Association or their employees and must
meet the necessary specifications. Inspection fees and expenses associated with them are to be paid by the owner of the prospective horse to
include necessary travel expenses.
A gentle and willing disposition is the hallmark of the Blazer Horse. The ideal Blazer will be from 13 hands two inches to 14 hands two inches
weighing 800 to 1,000 lbs. The horse should be well muscled and well balanced.
History The Blazer Horse was developed by Neil Hinck from Star, Idaho who comes from a family of horsemen and grew up on a ranch. Having worked with
many different breeds, he developed a vision for the qualities he wanted in his ideal horse. This vision took years of selectively breeding
horses with unique and desirable characteristics.
Little Blaze was foaled in 1959 and fulfilled all of the qualifications. Blaze was the smartest, strongest, easiest moving and gentlest horse
Neil had ever ridden and became the foundation sire of the breed. With his stud duties completed at the age of 34, Little Blaze passed away at
the ripe old age of 39 at the N/N Blazer Horse Ranch in Star, Idaho.
The registered Blazer is well known for it's low maintenance costs (i.e. low feed and vet bills) Over the lifetime of a horse, this could
result in significant savings of time and money. Adhering to natures limit on the horse of 13 to 15 hands and 1,000 pounds makes this possible.
Behavior Blazer Horses excel at ranch work, roping, cutting, jumping, speed eventing, endurance events, mountain and or trail riding, pleasure
riding, pulling and other equine tasks. They can and will do just about anything they are trained to do.
Physical Characteristics - General Equine Information
Horses are prey animals with a well-developed fight-or-flight instinct. Their first response to threat is to startle and usually flee, although they are known to stand their ground and defend themselves
or their offspring in cases where flight is not possible, or when their young are threatened. They also tend to be curious; when startled, they will often hesitate an instant to ascertain the cause of
their fright, and may not always flee from something that they perceive as non-threatening. Through selective breeding, some breeds of horses are quite docile, particularly certain large draft horses.
However, most light horse riding breeds were developed for speed, agility, alertness and endurance; natural qualities that extend from their wild ancestors.
Horses are herd animals, with a clear hierarchy of rank, led by a dominant animal (usually a mare). Horses are also social creatures who are able to form companionship attachments to their own species
and to other animals, including humans. They communicate in various ways, including vocalizations such as nickering or whinnying, mutual grooming, and body language. Many horses will become difficult
to manage if they are isolated. When this behavior occurs while being handled by human, the horse is called "herd-bound". However, through proper training, it is possible to teach any horse to accept
a human as a type of companion, and thus be comfortable away from other horses.
When confined with insufficient companionship, exercise or stimulation, horses may develop stable vices, an assortment of bad habits, mostly psychological in origin, that include wood chewing, wall
kicking, "weaving" (rocking back and forth) and other problems.
Age Depending on breed, management and environment, the domestic horse today have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. It is uncommon, but a few horses live into their 40s, and, occasionally, beyond. The oldest
verifiable record was "Old Billy," a horse that lived in the 19th century to the age of 62. In modern times, Sugar Puff, who had been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest
then-living pony, died at age 56.