Private High Schools all across the United States try to offer elite and sole education to their students. Among the subjects offered will be a higher percentage of advanced placement and dual credit courses, a greater emphasis on fine arts and foreign languages. There is also more challenging academic competition that you find in public schools, and, often, some form of outdoor activity you do not often encounter at the public school level. For a select group of attribute private high schools, such as Milo Academy, that outdoor activity is an equine program. Currently, there are five breeds of horses that dominate the stables at most private boarding schools.
Classes of Horses - Horses come in basically 3 different forms: hot blooded, warm blooded, and cold blooded. All but one of the most popular school horses is in one of these categories.
Hot Blooded – Hot blooded horses are usually smaller, quicker, and more agile than other types of horses. They are also more spirited, typically requiring an experienced handler with the capacity to maintain a calm, confident demeanor. Roll call for the hot blooded horses includes the Thoroughbred, Arabian, Barb, and Akhal-Teke. The Thoroughbred, though, has been bred to be a larger horse in the last few decades, to have longer stride for racing. They are usually between 12 to 15 hands high and between 800-1000 pounds.
Cold Blooded – Cold blooded horses are the large, heavy draft horses. The Percheron and Clydesdale are today’s cold blooded breeds, along with the Belgian and Shire. Their ancestors, however, were even bigger. These horses are calm and run between 1500 to 2000 pounds. They will stand from 16 to 19 hands high, towering over even a big hot blooded horse.
Warm Blooded – Warm blooded horses are considered sport horses. They are medium in size, at 14.2 to 16 hands high and 1000 to 2000 pounds. Several of the breeds, such as the American Quarter Horse, do sanction some Thoroughbreds in the breeding stock. Morgan and Trakehner, however, have closed studbooks. Most warm bloods are known as for the area in which they were first bred, such as the American Quarter Horse, American Saddle Horse, Missouri Foxtrotter, Tennessee Walker, Hanoverian, Oldenburg, and East Friesian. Paso Fino is another famous warm blood breed.
Who is the Winner?
Private high schools will have the largest number of hot blooded Thoroughbreds for their leading riders in show jumping, show hunting, and equitation.
The second in line are the German and Dutch Warmbloods, for their athletic prowess and power build. These are the Hanoverian, Oldenburg, and East Friesian horses.
The third most common are Coldblood crosses. These calm, gentile giants, bred down a little in size, are sturdy and dependable horses with great energy.
Holding strong in fourth place are the Connemara cross ponies. Smaller than any of the horses, this sports avail vehicle of the animal kingdom holds his own in all show events.
And finally, not to be denied is another warm blood, the American Quarter Horse. This all around athlete competes most successfully in equitation and dressage.