For some it may seem like common sense that having Breyer Horses in your life would help you learn more about real horses, and for some, the thought may have never crossed your mind. Either way, you probably have learned something from your horses and the potential to learn is great!
Breyer is currently making some of the most realistic horses they have ever created. They have improved so much over the past ten years and there is so much to learn from them. They are focusing on both breeds that are iconic like the Arabian but also breeds that we may have never heard of. They are bringing us real horses that are winning all over the world and also horses we would have never heard of if not for them immortalizing them in a model.
But, there’s more that you can learn from your models besides the actual Breyer model. Live showing is one of the best ways to learn about real horses. I’ve said again and again at the Golden Oak Stables’ shows that research is the key to winning, and it is, but there’s also the knowledge that comes with it. Many times, a horse that has research will win out over a model without, in both performance and halter.
There are many places where you can find information. One of the easiest place to find it is the internet. The internet is an amazing tool that has a wealth of information, but along with that information comes a few problems. At the top of that list is the fact that there’s no editor on the internet to keep incorrect information away. If you use it carefully you can find wonderful information. Try to stick to websites that are run by organizations as well as those which are recently updated.
An old stand by, the Library is a wonderful place to read up on your breeds and events as well. Typically anything written and published is mostly correct. As with the internet, try to stick to books that are recently updated and your information should be correct.
Lastly, but the best place to look is to the real horse world. Attending real horse shows, taking photos and experiencing the world of real horses will give you a wonderful feel of the event or breed. Real horse organizations have tons of information, and a great place to pick information like that are horse expos that are held all over the country and world! A good place to find these is in Just About Horses which lists them bi-monthly.
Many of us aren’t lucky enough to own a real horse, but even those of us who do, can learn many things from their models. Disciplines that are unheard of and breeds that are unusual. Whatever it is, learning is the key!