So some of the OG's might remember my post comparing what each Herd would look like as a Horse breed. Obviously I made a whole bunch of mistakes XD. I said I thought a mountain herd steed would look like a Friesian HAHA. Well this time a put a LOT more effort into it. I thought a lot more of the anatomy and how they are described, as well as their habitat and lifestyle.
Here are my thoughts. Sun Herd; a strong warriors, but are still slims and strong, with a large variety of bright coats and feathers. Mountain Herd; a short stubby very thick type of draft horse. Very furry and very packed with muscle, nasty tempers. Snow Herd; Tall and large warriors. They are very thick with muscle, but are lean and great warriors. Mostly greys and whites. Jungle Herd; not as skinny as Sun Herd, but light on their hooves. Very agile and sneaky, mostly bays, duns, and earthy colors. Desert Herd; skinny, quick, agile. Very deep chest with a skinny waist, skinny legs and neck as well. Mostly palominos and light Buckskins with very shiny coats. Herds: Sun Herd: Trakehner Mountain Herd: Auxois Snow Herd: Clydesdale
Jungle Herd: Lusitano
Desert Herd: Akhal Teke Reasoning:
I always imagined Sun Herd as a rather slim, yet strong type of horse. Like an eventing horse or a Jumping horse. They are considered rather tall and lean, however, they have the largest and strongest army. So they couldn't be as light as a horse as an Arab, or Marwari, or Akhal Teke. Sun Herd has a very general discription and they dont have too many distinct feature, so it was quite hard to think up the right breed. The Trakehner is an eventing horse. Known for its ability to be used around all disciplines. They are taller and bigger, and come im pretty much all coats. This is why I landed on the Trakehner.
Mountain herd is much more distinct and unique of a horse than Sun Herd. They are short, furry, and big. This narrowed down the options plenty. Now I was looking for basically something that would be like a mini Shire, or a Giant Shetland. I looked at some smaller draft breeds and came across the Auxois horse. I actually often use this horse as a reference for drawing Mountain Herd Steeds quite often. This horse is strong and pig, but shorter than the normal horse. When not clipped they grow thick furry coats, just like mountain herd!
Snow Herd steeds are tall, large, and your draft horse of Anok. Now, at first, I thought any old draft horse would do. But the more I looked at them the more something didn't feel right. They all seemed to thick to be Snow Herd Steeds. Yes they are big and tall, but the are agile for their size as I recall from Landfall. You'll know what I mean if you look up Belgian Draft Horse, or Shire Horse. Or basically any draft. I was thinking the Irish Cob (Also known as the Tinker or Gypsy Vanner) but it was too short. The Clydesdale however is tall and big, but they are gentle and even sometimes used for beginner jumpers and dressage. I also found that Percherons also work well for Snow Herd as a leaner draft breed as well.
Percheron-Above <> Clydesdale- Below
I have alsways imagined Jungle Herd as a type of dressage horse. Quick, and light on their feet. They MUST have good footwork in order to stay in the trees all the time. I never imagined them as skinny as Desert herd or Sun Herd, but still a nice fit horse. And Andalusian was a bit too big for my opinion so, I landed on the classic Lusitano! This horse is known for its skills in dressage and Liberty and have very strong lets and are quick on their feet. They also come in variouse shades of earthy duns, bays, and greys, just like jungle herd.
Skinny, lean, slim, the grey-hound of Anok. These steeds are very skinny and have very deep chests and skinny waists. I seriously couldn't find a better match than the Akhal Teke. This horse literally is the exact description of a Desert Herd steed. Tall, deep chest, skinny waist, long skinny legs, long neck. And even better, they are most famous for their shiny buckskins, perolinos, cremelos, and palominos. This one needs no explaining in my opinion. Fun Fact: The Akhal Teke is one of the rarest horse breeds on earth. (They are also my favorite horse breed)
Tell me this aint cute!
There you have it. There are my thoughts on how the different Herd's would compare to horse breeds. Leave your ideas too! I would love to hear them! Starleaf: Btw this took me like an hour and I should be doing homework so you better like this!
Oof... talking about an entire page worth of ranting that I missed...oof!! XD
Yeah, thanks for making me realize it’s not that great xd (I still like the Kentucky Three Day Event, though xD)
(Back to the actual post XD) Do you guys agree with the mountain herd? At first I imagined them as a fresian, but then I imagined them as an Auxois horse. Is that how you guys see em?
I mean, I just researched a lil’ it, and I do agree, the racing industries we have TODAY are horrible. Absolutely wretched. But, I feel like racing, at it’s heart, is pure, in a way. Does that make any sense?
XD Mkay. I’m not saying the races aren’t bad, because SOME of them are, but I think that really comes down to the horse, the rider, and the owner. I don’t feel like the racing industry purposefully kills horses like that..... and most of the time, it’s an accident, right??? They aren’t purposefully killing them, right?!
Ill just make a post so that we can keep this about the actuall post XD
I see where both of you are coming from and I agree with both points. Yes, race horses like thoroughbred’s are literally bred and born to run. It’s what they were created for and it gives them a purpose(as Nightmist said)
The only thing I have to say about the racing ind is the way that they race and treat these horses. Horses are not machines for you to control. They are breathing creatures and deserve respect.
However, the racing industry doesn’t do this- they race horses until they literally fall to the ground dead or with broken legs. Of course, not every race ends up like this and some racehorse owners actually do care for the horses and put the animals best interest in mind, but on the other hand, some owners become greedy and selfish and race the horses to win more money and become richer and famous, when the horses clearly deserve retirement instead of running more races.
And Nightmist, yes, the 3 day trials can be just as brutal to some of the horses and the riders, but as I am going to say down here 👇🏻 In good hands, the trials can be fun, exciting, a good experience for younger horses, and an all around great sports event. But, in bad hands, just the opposite can happen.
So, the racing industry can be a terrible thing under the wrong hands. With good hands in the industry, it’s not too bad, but that’s the problem. Bad, greedy hands run the industries, causing more casualties and deaths instead of the fun, carefree, and non-abusive races that it should be.
ok ok ok thanks for listening to my rant lolol
I dont support any type of horse racing that is considered a part of the Horse Racing Industry. Because the horse racing industry is the thing that are killing these horses. I don't care weather some of them are good. They are still supporting the industry. And weather they care or not, I will not EVER give my support that is the cause of 1000 horses deaths. And it is actually medical drugs that the put into the horses that are legal. And I can say that for my 10th birthday I went to the races, but I didn't see any of the behind the scenes. As soon as I saw it I was shocked. They cover it up and even pull up curtains to bring a dead horse off the track. I just don't have any respect for them anymore.
Is it really not? I could’ve sworn in the Three Day Event it was illegal..... ooooofff!! ;( Poor horsies!
Not every race does this, I’m sure. While that sounds horrible, I don’t think racing is bad, mainly because it actually gives horses a purpose.
I also thought drugging horses so they do not feel pain was illegal in most American races..... (And horse shows, like jumping)
Yep. I have no hate for the actual horses im on the horses side, but I started doing some research on horses and I came across horse racing more and more. And the YouTuber RaleighLink14 was the person who really made me realize how horrible horse racing is. Over 1000 horses are killed on the racetrack per year and most are over drugged into ignoring natural pain so that they can be pushed to run faster. Not to mention the over-use of whips. Horses skin is far thinner and more sensitive than human skin yet they treat horse with the whips like it "doesn't hurt them." I dont want to get into it now I can go so far about how they taze and shock them, whip them, drug them, run them literally to death, but ill safe that for another post. Just look up race horse abuse and there are some really good documentaries that talk about it. Yah............................Im a bit of a geek.....................
Do you mean like the Kentucky Derby....?
Disgusting derby horse races...?
(Im sorry im such a geek -w-)
But an arabian is a desert horse. And guess what! Yep, so is and Akhal Teke. Most desert horses including the Arabian, Akhal Teke, and the Marwari, all are know for their amazing stanima. Akhal Teke's are often used for races like cross country, as well as jumpers and mixed media races! So the Akhal Teke's fit right there with the Arabians. They are deffinetly my second choice. I just think the build and look fits better for desert herd. :)) (The poor horses are even used at duscusting Derby Horse Races >:(
Look at that poor horse probably ended up with
the other 1000 horses that die at the races. (Again sorry for being such a geek with these -w-.) And ignore my lil horse race rant
Colorwise and shape wise, akhal tekes fit wonderfully! I’m just not sure about the rest....
Actually, you’d be surprised how short the average Akashi Teke is xD I like thoroughbreds and Arabs simply because Arabs have amazing stamina as a desert herd steed would need, and I imagine they would have a strong build for flying.
I understand your Arabian thing, but Akhal Teke's just fit better. I also see thoroughbreds being sun herd before desert herd. Arabs and anglo arabs are a bit too short I guess? Idk but they dont fit my personal image. Obviously these are my opinions.
Thoroughbred x Arab mix (Also known as Anglo Arabian)
I remember this! Personally, I think Desert Herd steeds would be more like a Thoroughbred/Arabian, but otherwise, 100% agree! (Mainly because I barely know a lot of horse breeds xD )
That is amazing Starleaf!
This is great!! I never really think about finding out breeds, I just find pictures of what I think is right for what I am going for!! XD