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 horse.
Camargue horses are completely white as adults. Their babies are pure black when they are born.
There is a breed of horse from Russia called Akhal-Teke. It can go for days without food or water.
You measure a horse's height in hands. Each hand equals four inches. If you say a horse is 16.2 hands high, the 2 stands for 2 fingers.
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 get longer.
A female horse is called a mare. In the wild it is the mare that decides when the herd moves on to another spot to find food.
A male horse is called a stallion. Usually only one stallion will stay with a herd.
Any marking on a horse's forehead is called a star, even if it is not shaped like a star.
Horses and ponies feel safer when they are in a herd.
Mustangs are one of the few breeds of horses that live wild in North America. They are related to the horses that the Spanish explorers brought to North America 400 years ago.
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!
A hoof is like a fingernail. It is always growing and needs to be clipped so that it won't be uncomfortable for the horse.
A farrier is a person who makes horse shoes and fits them on your horse. They also clip hooves to keep them from getting overgrown.
A horse can move in four ways: walk, trot, canter, and gallop. A gallop is the fastest gait.
A narrow white mark, which runs down the face from the forehead, is called a Stripe.
A white mark, which covers one or both of the lips and proceeds up to the nostrils, is called a White muzzle.
A broad splash of white that covers most parts of the forehead between the eyes and carries down the nose to the muzzle is called a Blaze.
A male horse is known as a stallion.
A female horse is known as a mare.
A baby horse is known as a foal.
A young female horse is known as a filly.
The father of a horse is known as a sire.
The mother of a horse is known as a dam.
A fully-grown small horse is known as a pony.
A farrier or blacksmith is the person who cares for a horse’s feet.
A horse is a member of the "equus" family. This word comes from ancient Greece and means quickness.
More than 350 breeds of ponies and horses can be found.
An average horse’s head weighs 11.84 pounds.
10 Pounds is the weight of a horse’s heart.
A horse is able to drink 10 gallons of water per day.
Horses spend more energy lying down.
Horses usually live for around 20 to 25 years. Some of them can live up to 5 years more.
In most cases, the foal is born at night, away from danger and prying eyes.
After being born, it only takes a foal about 1-2 hours to stand up and walk.
Foals are fully grown by 3-4 years of age.
Horses eat short, juicy grass, and hay. Foods like barley, maize, oats and bran are good for working horses.
Horses are either a mixture of colors or the same color all over. Horses are usually, black, brown, cream or gray in color.
A horse has two blind spots; one is located directly in front of them while the other is located directly behind.
"Old Billy," was the oldest recorded horse who lived to be 62 years.
Falebella of Argentina, is the smallest breed.
"Little Pumpkin," is the smallest pony in history, it stood 14 inches and weighed 20 lbs.
"Samson," was the tallest horse recorded.
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