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post #1 of 31 Old 03-18-2010, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Strange/ Wierd horse facts

I thought it'd be cool to post horse facts that are strange, wierd, or kind of not really common

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post #2 of 31 Old 03-18-2010, 03:00 PM
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One that always weirds non-horsepeople out is when you tell them that horses can't throw up.

Their esophagus isn't designed for it, which is why when they ingest something not good for them, it's a really BAD thing since they can't sick it back up.

They can't burp either, which means excess gas can turn into colic.
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the average horse can jump over 6 feet from a standstill !

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the average horse can jump over 6 feet from a standstill !
I'm afraid that I have a really hard time believing that one. The record for the Puissance is 7'7". Jumping over 7' is considered exceptional - and that is on a well trained/conditioned horse.

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-Horses can't breath through their mouth
- the Arabian has 17 ribs instead of 18 like most horses.

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cool! Keep them coming!

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There are approximately 75,000,000 horses in the world!

The intestines of a full grown horse are 89 feet long on average!

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The chestnuts and ergots are the remnants of the other toes the horse had in primitive times, grown up the leg.

I always thought that was cool, lol.

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Registered thoroughbreds can only have 18 characters in their names (including spaces).

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A newborn foals legs are already 80 to 90% of the length they will be when full grown.

Horses like classical music.

The oldest horse was named Old Billy. He was a cross breed, he was born in 1760 and lived to 62.

The oldest pony ever recorded was named Teddy E. Bear. He lived to be 55 and was owned by Kathy Pennington of Virginia Beach, VA. He was still alive in 1998.

The World's Largest Horse was a purebred Belgian stallion named Brooklyn Supreme. He stood 19.2hh (6'6") at his withers. He weighed over 3,200 pounds and is entered in the Guiness Book of World Records. He was foaled in 1928 and died in 1948. He lived in Iowa, USA. (I'm not sure about this one as the stats are always changing and no one can seem to find out who the REAL tallest horse is)

Oldest winning thoroughbred racehorses:
The 18-year-olds - Revenge, at Shrewsbury, England 1790; Marksman, at Ashford, Kent, England, 1826; and Jorrocks, at Bathurst, Australia, 1851.
Also at 18yrs old; Wild Aster won three hurdle races in 1919, and Sonny Somers won two steeplechases in February 1980.
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