Horse Facts: ........
The world's horse population is estimated at
China not only has the most people in the world, but also has
the most Horses with 10,000,000
There are over 350 different breeds of horses and ponies.
The Horse belongs to the Equus Family. Equus comes from the ancient
Greek word meaning "QUICKNESS"
One of the first horses was called a Hyracotherium. It lived
about 50 million years ago and was as tall as a fox. It had toes!
This horse changed over millions of years to become a modern
The Pliohippus was the first ancestor of the horse to have hoofs?
The average lifespan for a horse is around 20 - 25 years, though
they can live up to 30 years.
The "OLDEST" horse recorded to date is
- "Old Billy", an English Barge horse born in 1760
who lived to the age of 62 years old.
The"OLDEST" pony in history was 54 years
old when he died in France.
The "OLDEST" horse ever to give birth
was a 42 year old Australian brood mare.
The "SMALLEST" breed is the Falebella
of Argentina. The tallest of the breed stands about 74 cm (30
inches) at the shoulder.
The "SMALLEST" pony in history was a
stallion named "Little Pumpkin." He stood 14 inches
and weighed only 20 lbs..!
The World's Largest Horse ever recorded was a Shire gelding named
Samson, bred by Thomas Cleaver of Toddington Mills, England.
Foaled in 1846, this horse measured 21.2 1/2 hand high ( 7 ft.
2 inches) in 1850, and weighed 3,360 pounds.Samson is also recorded
as the "HEAVIEST" horse weighing 1524 kg (3360 lbs.)
The world speed record for a horse is 43.2 mph, it was set by
a four year old race horse named Big Racket.
World Record "LOG PULLING" was set in 1893. two Clydesdale
Stallions hauled a sledge stacked with timber weighing 128 tonnes.
The longest tail measured was 22 ft. long was grown by an American
Palomino named Chinook.
The longest horse mane was 18 ft. long and grown by a Californian
mare named Maude.
In the wild horse world, the mare decides when and where the
herd will go while the stallion follows.
The fastest Pony Express ride was 7 days, 17 hours and was carrying
Lincoln's inaugural address.
One horsepower (cars)= 746 watts; one metric horsepower= 736
HIPPO PHOBIA - Is the fear of horses.
EQUINOPHOBIA - Is the fear of horses.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front
legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has
one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds
received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground,
the person died of natural causes.
The AQHA was founded in 1940.
The American Saddle Horse Breeders Association was formed in
Shetland ponies were first imported into the U.S. in 1885.
Horses are measured in hands.A hand is four inches.
A horse is generally over 14.2 hh (hands high).
Anything under 14.2 hands high is a pony.
A horse is considered adult at age four.
A female horse over 4 years old is called a mare.
A male horse over 4 years old is called a stallion.
Horses can drink up to ten gallons of water a day.
The average horse's HEAD WEIGHS 11.84 pounds
A horse's "HEART WEIGHS" about 10 pounds.
The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus.
The Clydesdales became the Anheuser-Busch symbol on April 7,
Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth while the females only
Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.
Horses can see color.
Horses have two blind spots. One is directly behind them,the
other is directly in front of them.
Horses expend more energy lying down than they do when they are
Horses can communicate how they are feeling by their facial expressions.
They use their ears, nostrils, and eyes to show their moods.
Beware of a horse that has flared nostrils and their ears back.
That means it might attack.
You can tell how old a horse is by how many teeth it has. A horse
gets all of its teeth by the time it is five years old. After
that, they just grow longer.
With his long limbs and large heart and lungs, the horse is designed
for galloping. Jumping is not a natural activity for horses and
left to their own devices most will go around obstructions.
When spoken to, horses distinguish tones rather than particular
Gray horses are supposed to be lucky.
Horseshoes are supposed to be lucky, and must be hung right side
up. Horseshoes hung upside down, are said to have the luck running
The luckiest horse shoe of all is one off the hind leg of a large
The horse is New Jersey's state animal.
Human hair and fingernails are made from the same protein as
Horses like classical music.
Horses are required to wear hats in hot weather in Rasario, Argentina.
A British law states that an Englishman must not sell a horse
to a Scotsman.
Hippocrates means horse master.
The only mode of transportation on the Greek island of Hydra
are horses and ponies.
Approximately 90% of all Thoroughbreds can be traced back to
Eclipse, a stallion brought to England in the early 1700s. The
horse got its name because it was foaled during a solar eclipse.
He died in 1789. Eclipse, a liver chestnut with a blaze and one
In New York City, it is illegal to open or close an umbrella
in the presence of a horse.
Colorado bans fishing from horseback, as do Washington D.C. and
Tennessee prohibits riders from lassoing fish.
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