Scientific Classification of the Horse
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.
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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