Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Queensland, Australia
Horse Anatomy Facts
- A full grown horse that weighs about 1,000 pounds contains approximately 13.2 gallons of blood.
- Horses have about 175 bones in their body.
- A horse's hoof grows at a rate of about 1 cm per month.
- Most horse breeds have 18 ribs.
- The Arabian has 17 ribs.
- Most horses have 6 lumbar bones.
- The Arabian has 5 lumbar bones.
- Most horses have 18 tail vertabrea.
- The Arabian has 16 tail vertabrea.
Other Interesting Facts
According to the Guinness Book of Records Old Billy, believed to
be a Cleveland Bay cross Eastern horse foaled in 1760, lived to
the incredible age of 62. The OLDEST recorded pony is 54 although there is an unsubstantiated report that a Welsh Pony living on the Gower Peninsula in Wales was 66 years old.
A pair of Draught Horses, believed to be Shires, pulled the
HEAVIEST LOAD of 53.8 tons (55 tonnes) in 1893.
The tallest horse on record was a Shire named Samson. He was 21.2 hands (7 feet, 2 inches) tall. He was born in 1846 in Toddington Mills, England.
The oldest horse on record is "Old Billy," an English barge horse. He was 62 years old when he died, living from 1760 to 1822.
The record for the highest jump made by a horse is held by a horse named Huaso who jumped 8 feet, 1 and 1/4 inches on February 5th, 1949 in Vina del Mar, Chile. He was ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel.
The record for the longest jump over water is held by a horse named Something who jumped 27 feet, 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25, 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was ridden by Andre Ferreira
The world speed record for a horse is 43.2 mph, it was set by a four year old race horse named Big Racket.
The British racehorse Humorist, who won the English derby in the early 20īs, should never have been able to race. When he died shortly after the derby, an autopsy was made, and it was found out that he had been born with only one lung.
The longest tail measured was 22ft long was grown by an American Palomino named Chinook
The longest mane was 18 ft long and grown by a Californian mare named Maude
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.