Features and description of the salt horse
The color of a horse is a combination of such characteristics as: color gamut of the body, mane, tail, eye, the presence and location of pigment spots. The suit of color looks advantageous on almost all horse breeds.
The contrast between the cream color and the almost white mane and tail create an amazingly beautiful composition. In the sunshine, the horse’s suit is adorned in the sunlight with golden, sandy, creamy or light honey tides. This suit is most often found in the Akhal-Teke breed and palomino.
Quite often, the suit of color is mistakenly called “palomino.” This is explained by the fact that such a suit is inherent in the palomino, so people get confused. Solovaya is a suit, and palomino is a breed group of such a suit.
For the presence of such a golden color is responsible «gene of nightingale» or «gene of cream. Foals from birth have a color inherent in this suit. In the process of growing up, they do not brighten.
The skin of these “crumbs” is pink and may darken over time, acquiring a more saturated tone. But the wool of its original color remains unchanged.
Photos of a salt horse always look spectacular and memorable. «Gene cream» in white color only the mane and tail in white. Perhaps the presence of dark hair, but this figure should not exceed 15% of the total mass of the mane and tail. The eyes of golden horses are light brown, rarely light amber.
Breeding of solovy horses gives a greater probability of getting cubs of isabella and red color. So, it is practically impossible to plan the appearance of a foal of such a color.
The probability of obtaining descendants of the salt suit is 50%. The remaining 50% were divided between light red and pseudo-albinos. This is explained by the fact that only one gene is responsible for the color of the animal in a similar way. Therefore, horse horses are considered rare and are an ornament to any stable.
Types of horse horses
The solitary horse, this is what color range, many ask. Animals of this suit have a different look, depending on the shade of the coat. Here is a description of a salt horse according to their type:
The dark main body has dark sand pads and dark hooves in horses. There are individuals with a reddish tint;
Light-main — a very light shade, you can say milk horses with a snow-white mane. Their hooves are brown and their skin is gray;
Golden-main — rich sand color of wool plays gold in the sun. The tail and mane are also golden;
In apples — a rare species. Red spots are scattered all over the body of the animal. The saturation and intensity of the color of these apples depends on the conditions of detention.
Care and maintenance of a salt horse
The floor in the stable should be covered with dry and fresh bedding. In winter, the temperature in the room should not be below +4 degrees. Permissible air humidity not more than 85%. It is desirable that the floor was mud and not wooden.
In the morning, a light-colored horse should be cleaned in order to preserve the natural shine of its wool. In the warm season, do not forget to pamper the animal water treatments. Keep the water temperature from 18 degrees. If the mount is soaked up, then you should wait until it rests and returns to normal, only after that it can be cleaned and bathed.
Forging is carried out on average once every 1.5 months. Dirt should be cleaned daily. If the horse works mainly on hard surfaces, then 4 feet are forged. If the animal is transferred to grazing, then there is no need for horseshoes.
Feeding of the horse
The daily rate of consumption of food for a salted horse is 5 kg of oats, 12 kg of hay, 1.2 kg of bran, 2 kg of carrots. In the diet you can add beets, apples and even watermelons. Favorable impact on the general condition of the animal will have special vitamins and mineral supplements. Provide free access to table salt. It is convenient to use briquette lizun for this purpose.
Oats are given 3 times a day, and hay — 4-5 times. Rough feeds such as hay and straw should make up from 40% of the daily menu. Choose hay meadow and legume-cereal.
Make sure that it is of high quality, that is, not frozen, rotten or wet. Before feeding, the salt horse needs to be drunk. The daily rate of water consumption in an adult horse is 60-80 liters (6-8 buckets).
With the arrival of spring, there is a period of grazing horses, which means that freshly cut grass will be added to the daily ration. But after the “winter stagnation”, such grazing should be introduced gradually so as not to damage the animal’s digestive system.
At first, do not allow long horse grazing. Before taking to pasture, it is advisable to give her a few kilograms of hay. Avoid grazing in areas where alfalfa or raw clover grows.
Price of horses and reviews of owners
The peculiarity of a salt horse is in its uniqueness and beauty. Such horses are extremely rare. Earlier, only rich people could afford such an exclusive horse. The owners of such a horse were the king of Yemen and the Spanish queen Isabella. Thanks to this queen, the navy suit became popular in the 15th century.
The value of the horses of the salt suit is influenced by a variety of conditions: the breed, training, pedigree, age and even the owner himself. Therefore, there is no fixed price for this suit.
But since such a color is in short supply, an animal of this suit will cost more than its tribesmen. A rare suit of horses will always raise the price. There are approximate figures: a pony will cost 160-180 thousand rubles; purebred stallions — 250-360 thousand rubles., and a cross between 150 thousand rubles.