Last month, Australia held a big horse show. People from all over the country went to Melbourne to see the horses or take part in competitions. Many beautiful horses were on display. The show was called Equitana History Horses are mammals. They are usually large and fast. They were first tamed in Asia about 5,000 years ago. Today there are more than 200 different kinds of horses. The biggest horses are shire horses which are used to pull heavy loads like carts and ploughs. The smallest horses are miniature horses which are specially bred to be that small. Dancers Many of the horses seen at Equitana were dressage horses. Dressage is an Olympic sport and was seen here during the Games in August. Dressage is like gymnastic dancing for horses. Cutting Cutting horses are like giant sheepdogs. They work to 'cut' cattle. This means they separate a cow from the herd. The horse chases the cow much like a football player chases his opponent. These are very clever horses. Reining Another western sport on show was reining. Western riding is riding like a cowboy. Reining is dressage for western horses. These horses perform special moves. One of the moves is called a spin. In a spin the horse runs round and round in little circles that should make it very dizzy. Another move is the sliding stop. In this move the horse gallops fast and then skids to a sudden stop. Liberty A liberty horse has no rider. It must do what the trainer commands without the trainer even touching it. These kinds of horses are used a lot in the movies. One liberty horseman at Equitana was Guy McLean. He had four very special horses. He could make his horses lie down. He rode one of his horses through fire.