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All About Cinnamon

Updated on June 26, 2013

Meet Cinnamon

Cinnamon (sometimes referred to as "Cinna-minna-man" if I'm feeling punchy) is one of our accidental rescues. He came to us along with his friends Max and Retta. In addition to a back problem from a too-heavy rider (which was solved by rest), Cinnamon also had major food issues because his previous owner fed so inconsistently. His coloring is just beautiful; he has both a blanket and the snowflake pattern (Rina totally has a crush on him).

While he has calmed down considerably,Cinnamon is still pretty cranky at mealtimes and kicks at invisible foes coming to steal his supper. He does, however, thoughtfully volunteer his services as an equine vacuum cleaner after every meal by meticulously picking up every single piece of feed in each of the five stalls (want not, waste not he always says).

PHOTO: Hurry it up, will ya lady? I'm staaaarving!

Cinnamon's bucket is all the way over to the left; it helps cut down on the paranoid kicks and subsequent dents and dings to the round pen panel (of course it doesn't bother Retta, she can't see him :o)

Cleanup Detail: Breakfast (L) and Supper (R)

Interested in helping a horse? - Try a rescue!

Give a Horse a Second Chance: Adopting and Caring for Rescue Horses
Give a Horse a Second Chance: Adopting and Caring for Rescue Horses

Based on the reviews submitted, this book looks to be a wonderful resource for anyone considering adoption of a rescue horse.

 

The History of the Appaloosa Horse

It is believed by most historians that Appaloosa Horses were brought to Mexico in the beginning of the 17th century. The horses spread northward, eventually into the territory of the NezPerce Indian tribe. Over the next century, the Nez Perce selectively bred their horses into a very distinct type for hunting, war parties and racing.

Artwork By: Ginny Hogan

Curious to learn more about the breed?

The Appaloosa Horse Today

While the modern Appaloosa is able to perform a variety of tasks, they are still best classified as a western stock horse. They possess a stamina that allows them to participate in endurance rides, and their feet are considered to be extremely tough. Because of their unusual and often flashy coloring, Appaloosas are a favorite parade horse.

WOO-HOO! Chowtime (I'm on it :o)

Have you "herd" about all the neat Appaloosa stuff on Amazon?

A Weighty Problem

Did you know that there is a 20% weight ratio recommendation for a horse and their rider? For example: a 1,000lb horse = a 200lb rider (including tack). Sadly, many people have never heard of this guideline. Unfortunately when this rule is unknown or ignored, the horse is most likely to suffer the consequences.

This rule has some obvious exceptions: horses and riders that are in excellent physical condition and work/train together on a regular basis allow for more flexibility in the ratio. The build of the horse can also play a role (horses with longer backs like Cinnamon's require lighter riders). Although people tend to assume it is a new rule when they hear it, this rule of thumb was actually initiated by the U.S. Cavalry during the 1940s.

Cinnamon is...

the only horse I know that has eyebrows (weird, but true :o)

AHHHHHHHHH - Life is good...

Hope you enjoyed your visit a lot... - Cinnamon says it's the perfect spot :o)

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    • JennyReis profile image

      JennyReis 4 years ago

      Lovely, lovely lens! :)

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Love your eyebrowed horse. I thought I was going to be reading about a spice. This lovely lens was a pleasant surprise.

    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      This is beautiful, you really know how to let others know that animals do have a personality all their own.