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Horses are more comfortable at colder temperatures. Approx 35degrees for horses equals 75 degrees for humans.
That really is true? I know some of the millionare horse owners around here usually keep their barns around 45 Degrees. I just thought they were crazy!

Genetically, Hippos are cousins to the horse
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Great idea for a thread

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Great idea for a thread
I'm glad it is entertaining other people as well
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Jewish people can't eat horses, because they don't chew their cud or have cloven hooves
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Scientific Classification of the Horse

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Eutheria
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Equidae


Horse Superstitions:

Horshoes are supposed to be lucky.
The luckiest horse shoe of all is one off the hind leg of a gray mare.
If you hang a horseshoe upside down, the luck runs out.
Gray horses are supposed to be lucky, while piebalds are unlucky.
According to superstition in Lincolnshire, England, if you see a white dog, you should stay silent until you see a white horse.


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.
A horse's leg joints are not fully fused (grown) until around the age of 3 1/2.
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.
Horses can see in two directions at once.
Horses can see everywhere, except directly in front or behind them.
Horses make 8 basic sounds- snort, squeal, greeting nicker, courtship nicker, maternal nicker, neigh, roar, blow.
It is almost impossible for a horse to vomit-- if they do, their stomachs usually rupture soon after.


Foals and Foaling:

A newborn foal's legs are already 90% of the length they will be when full grown.
A foal is able to stand just one hour after birth.
A foal can walk, trot, and run just two hours after birth!
The first milk the mare makes is called colostrum. This is a rich milk and it is very important for the foal, because it helps protect it against disease.
Most foals will start to nurse less than two hours after being born.
More foals are born between April 15- May 15 than any other time.
Mares don't like to be watched when they foal. If someone is watching, they might stop foaling and wait till the the person goes away.
A mare may give birth in as little as 15 minutes, but no longer than an hour. If she is still straining after an hour has passed, something is seriously wrong.
If you have to help pull a foal out, NEVER pull up! Always pull down, toward the horse's feet.


Strange Facts:

Horses like classical music.
The World's Largest Horse 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 in 1850, and weighed 3,360 pounds.

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The Sarmatians, a nomadic group found around the Black Sea, are credited with making the first saddles.
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Why do we always mount from the nearside of a horse? Well, in olden days men used to wear scabbards for their swords on their left hip (so they could draw the sword quickly with their right hand. If they had got on from the other side of the horse the sword would have got in the way!

Did you know that horses have one leg (or side) that is a hair shorter than the other?. By seeing which side of the neck a horse's mane falls on you can tell which front leg is the shortest. The mane will fall to the short-legged side.

Do you know why it is very unusual to see all the horses in the same field lying down at once? This is because one animal always stands 'on look out' to be able to alert the others to any dangers.

Have you ever wondered why, when you are out on a hack, your horse will suddenly spook at a bag or other object that you have been looking at for the past five minutes? Horses have very good distance vision, and can see much further than we can. However they only see near objects in sharp focus when they are quite close to them. Hence they will only see that bag when they are almost on top of it! This is quite useful to remember, as you will have time to prepare yourself and get ready to coax your horse past an object which you know he may get worried about! Knowing horse facts can help a rider!

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During World War II, Russia had 1.2 million horses employed in its army.
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A recent study showed that flies are more attracted to darker colored horses than their lighter colored counterparts.
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Big Jake is the worlds tallest living horse. The 9-year-old Belgian gelding from Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette stands 20 hands, 2.75 inches - that's one quarter inch short of 6-foot-11 - from the bottom of his unshod hooves to his withers. (My son and I got to meet him this summer at Midwest Horse Fair!)
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