Essay Horses: American Paint Horse

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I. Evolution of Horse II. Aspects of horses A. Types B. Habitat C. Usage D. Behavior E. Anatomy III. Overview

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A horse is defined as a large hoofed mammal, having a short-haired coat, a long mane, and a long tail, domesticated since ancient times and used for riding and for drawing or carrying loads. The very first horses evolved on the North American continent over 55 million years ago. The modern form of horse evolved from small dog like animals that first appeared 60 million years ago. There has been discovery that horses are still revolving due to new fossils that have been found. There are many different aspects regarding a horse.
There are many different types of horses. But if you were to take a look, you would discover that the three most popular breeds are the Arabian, American Quarter Horse, and the American Paint Horse. The Arabian horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds. The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse. Its name came from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less. It is the most popular breed in the United States today. The American Paint Horse's combination of color and conformation has made the American Paint Horse the second-largest breed in the United States. It is now one of the fastest-growing in North America.
In the wild a horse’s habitat is basically open land for grazing but most will find some sort of cover such as trees for when it is raining or bad weather. These horses are constantly on the move looking for the better grass and water and usually cover several miles in a day.

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In captivity most horses have their own stall in a barn with lush green pastures that are taken care of to graze, and feed on hay, and grain with fresh water at all times. Even if the horses are only pasture kept they have a run in shed to get in when the weather is bad.
Horses are, and were used for many things. The first use of horses was in warfare. Many different types and sizes of horse were used in war, depending on the form of warfare. The type used varied with whether the horse was being ridden or driven, and whether they were being used for reconnaissance, cavalry charges, raiding, communication, or supply. Now, horses are mainly used for pleasure. Such as; riding competitions, pets, gaming, attractions in petting zoos, pony rides, and trail rides. Also, carriage rides, transportation, and farm work in some countries/religions, products, and sometimes meat.
Horse behavior is best understood from the perspective that horses are prey animals with a well-developed fight-or-flight instinct. Their first response to a threat is to flee when in harm. Horses will refuse to eat, sleep, or procreate if they feel threatened or afraid. Both herd and individual behaviors can be sex-related. A horse communicates his state of mind by using…