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#state_name# Property for Sale Suitable for the Horse

First, let it be known that the American Quarter Horse is the ‘state’ horse of Texas . It surely cannot be surprising that the state so honors this breed of horse, since their histories are closely joined.

Horses have always been important in the work of Texas but they have also been a very large part of the social structure of this state. Horses simply enhance the quality of life for Texans and they are also frequently used in competitions of all kinds, because that too enhances the quality of everyday life. A good percent of the total horse population of the US can be found in Texas and is part of the very fabric of society in this state, from the very young to the very old. 4-H is highly supported and enjoyed all across Texas, and there are also many breed/discipline/or open events, gatherings, clinics and competitions throughout the year.

The most popular breed is of course the American Quarter Horse, followed by the American Paint Horse. There are also a very large number of Appaloosa horses, and Arabians. Then come ( in population numbers), Thoroughbred, Miniature horses, Galiceno, The American Saddlebred, Morgan, tandardbred, and the Mules of Texas.

The early settlers of Texas used the Mustang of course, and the Quarter horse was developed from those beginnings. Amarillo is the headquarters for the American Paint Association and The National Cutting Horse Association are headquartered in Fort Worth. Both the AQHA and the APHA approve many, many shows in Texas, including some of the largest in the nation, like the AQHA show during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the huge APHA World show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Several of the largest AQHA Youth shows are also held in Texas.

Texans have also been part of the development of the eastern saddle horses that arrived in the state as an easy riding mount to travel from settlement to settlement. Texas became a leader in the breeding and training of the American Saddlebred, and the Tennessee Walker is only more popular in its home state of Tennessee.

As early as 1860 Mules were bred and exported from Texas in large numbers, and even today mules are common on Texas stock farms. The draft breeds are more suited to cooler climates, but were used in northern TX, and also for crossing to produce the heavy mules needed to work the Texas land.

As for the Thoroughbred, the breed was developed and is used for speed in racing, but also in hunting and in polo. A few of the popular race tracks in the states are: Gillespie County Fair & Festivals Association Inc. in Fredericksburg (Thoroughbred); Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie ( Thorougbred throughout the Spring and Quarter Horse racing in the Fall); Retama Park in San Antonio (Thoroughbred) and the Sam Houston Rack Park in Houston (Thoroughbred). Quarter Horse races include one of the richest Quarter Horse races in the world, the Texas Classic Futurity. and also the Texas Classic Derby. Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame, in Selma, honors the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horses ,and Arabian,s racing in or from Texas.

Horses being such a part of the social fabric in the Sate of Texas, it should be no surprise that equine studies, programs, and even degrees in higher education can be pursued at West Texas A&M preparing graduates to be competitive in equine related careers, and the North Central Texas College Equine Science Program which includes hand-on as well as classroom instruction on both the science and the business aspects of the equine industry.

We don’t want to forget the extensive Arabian horse activities or those of the Miniature horses, but we are running out of space on one web page. They do exist in plentitude; just do some online research and you’ll find more than you could imagine. Texas is not horse-poor! All aspects of our national horse industry and concurrent activities exist and florish in Texas. Contact TX breed and discipline associations for tons of great information!

Now some folks who don’t know much about Texas wonder what horses eat here. While it is true that only the larger establishments put the effort into actual programs for pasture, there is a variety of horse-forage, grown per periods of the year, so as to provide grazing year round. So by combining these and supplementing with hay, and of course grain, horses eat very well in Texas.

The styles of buildings on Texas properties are wide and varied, along with the state’s history. While the basic root construction came as Spanish and Mexican styles, there is also the grand style of the South, plus the exclusive style of the American Southwest, as well as much contemporary style. Of course there are the architectural landmarks of different periods from world famous architects, but we’re talking about all housing and buildings in the investigation of horse property!

So choose your horse or discipline, and your style of buildings, then think about climate and terrain too. The terrain of Texas varies a lot due to size and geologic location. Landscapes can look like the Am. South and/or the Southwest. Because of the state’s southwest status, one thinks of desert, but actually that’s less than 10% of the state’s land. Most population areas are in areas that were once grasslands, forest, prairie or coastal.

. Terrain changes from coastal (piney woods and swampland); to the interior lowlands (rolling to hilly forest land and larger pine forest); to the central Great Plains, Panhandle to hill country near Austin, (with prairie and steppes terrain), to the most varied, the Far West Texas(which includea sand hill, plateau, desert valleys, desert grasslands and wooded mountain slopes). Texas is after all,the second largest state in the US.

Climate is also diverse. The costal gulf area has mild winters of course while the Panhandle is colder than North Texas. Rainfall also varies, from somewhere close to only 8 inches in El Paso (western), to the 64 inches of the southeast, to 37 inches of north central. Snowfall occurs many times in the Panhandle and mountains of the west, and only maybea couple of times in the north,while waitng every few years in central and east. Snow is truly rare south of San Antonio.

Temperatures are around 90 in most areas of Texas during the summer, but can less warm in West Texas or Galveston, or hotter (around 100) in the Rio Grande Valley.

Contact your horse associations, choose the area of Texas you prefer and contact a few horse owners in that area via the associations, then finally contact local realtors!

Be sure to check HSC’s calendar of shows for this state.