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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: Grade Pleasure Horse   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
A pleasure horse, also known as 'trail horse' and 'riding horse', is any horse suitable for trail riding. Pleasure horses don't adhere to a certain type of conformation, but they need to be comfortable to ride, have steady and well-balanced gaits, and be physically suitable for crossing various terrains. They are also expected to have a calm and obedient temperament, as appropriate for good mounts.

Various types of competitions were created in order to measure the ability of a horse to serve as a proper pleasure horse, including Western trail-riding, Western pleasure, and riding-horse classes. In these competitions, the horses are always tested for their obedience, and are also tested either for their way of movement, for their conformation and appearance, for their ability to cross obstacles and perform basic maneuvers, or for any combination of these factors.

Generally speaking, Baroque horses, cobs, draft horses, gaited horses, sport horses, and stock horses can all be considered as pleasure horses. However, in Horse Isle, a pleasure horse is any horse which has the characteristics of a pleasure horse, but doesn't belong in any of the aforementioned categories.

Pleasure horses usually stand at 14.2hh or taller, but shorter horses can also be found. In England, horses who stand between 14.2hh and 15.3hh are referred to as "hack horses", while horses who are taller than 15.3hh are referred to as "riding horses". In Horse Isle, though, we don't make this distinction.


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