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Messara Horse
2014-06-19 13:05:56

The Messara or Cretan is a breed of horse found on the island of Crete, off the coast of Greece. It is a native breed mostly inhabiting the Messara Plain. It originated by crossbreeding native stock with Arabian breeds imported in 1600s. It is a rare breed that in the early 1990s only 80 individuals were alive. A stud book and conservation program was formed in 1994 and the population has...

Silkie
2014-06-17 09:25:45

The silkie, sometimes known as the silky, is a breed of domestic chicken that was most likely developed in China. Its exact origins are not known and some suggest that it could have been developed in Java or Southeast Asia. The oldest record of this breed was written by Marco Polo, who described it as a furry chicken that lived in Asia during the thirteenth century. It is thought that the...

Pekin Chicken
2014-06-17 08:24:35

The Pekin chicken is a breed of domestic true bantam chicken that originated in China. It is thought that the earliest Pekin chickens were taken from the Emperor of China in Peking in about 1860, at the end of the Second Opium War, but some say that members of this breed were sent to Queen Victoria in 1835. These birds would have been called “Shanghais” and it is thought that they could...

Campine
2014-06-17 07:41:32

The Campine is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the Campine region of Belgium. It is highly similar to the Sebright, a bantam chicken, morphologically so it is commonly thought that this breed was developed using bloodlines from the Campine. This breed is also related to the Brakel and to the Fayoumi. The Campine comes in both normal and bantam sizes, although both types are...

Elegant Firefish Nemateleotris decora
2014-06-13 11:45:09

The elegant firefish (Nemateleotris decora) is a species of fish native to the tropical waters of the Indo-West Pacific. Its distribution ranges from Mauritius to Samoa and from Ryukyu Islands to New Calendonia. It is also known as the purple firefish and is found in depths from 82 to 230 feet. The elegant firefish prefers hard, open bottoms of reefs, sandy patches and rubble, or in deeper...

Tibetan Pony
2014-05-27 11:13:01

The Tibetan Pony is a breed of pony native to Tibet, once believed to be bred from ancient Mongolian stock and other Chinese breeds. Horses have been kept by wealthy locals and farmers in Tibet, as well as by the Dalai Lama and other religious figures. Some Tibetan ponies were gifts to Chinese Emperors during the Ming and Tang dynasties. They were also traded for tea from the southern...

Rocky Mountain Horse
2014-05-26 11:46:41

The Rocky Mountain horse is a breed of horse that was developed in the state of Kentucky in the United States of America. Although this breed is named after the Rocky Mountains, it was developed in the Appalachian Mountains by breeding a stallion from the Rocky Mountains with local mares, which resulted in a local strain of horse. Although this horse was considered an essential part of the...

Table Mountain Pine Pinus pungens
2014-04-18 07:52:15

Table mountain pine (Pinus pungens) is native to the Appalachian Mountains located in the United States. This pine also goes by the name of hickory pine, prickly pine, or mountain pine. The Table mountain pine grows best in dry conditions with soils that are made up of clay, loam, or sand, and is found scattered throughout the rocky slopes from Georgia to Pennsylvania. This pine grows best in...

Sand Pine Pinus clausa
2014-04-14 10:28:55

Sand Pine (Pinus clausa) is found along the Florida coasts line mainly the Florida Peninsula from Tampa to Naples on the Gulf Coast and from St. Augustine to Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic Coast. Some trees can be found in higher elevations of the peninsula from Clay County to Lake Okeechobee. The sand pine grows best in sandy and otherwise unsuitable soil depleted of any nutrients. The...

Highland Pony
2014-04-14 08:25:02

The Highland Pony is one of the largest breeds of pony of the mountain and moorland pony breeds. It is native to Scotland and the British Isles. Originally used as a work horse dating back to the 1880s, but now the pony is mainly used for driving, trekking and riding, but some are still used for working. Some breeders specifically develop Highland Ponies for packing deer from the mountains...

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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