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All About Horses
The horse has been a huge help and a wonderful addition to the lives of man. It was there before the invention of tractors, fire trucks and other vehicles that needed some “horsepower,” and have even raced each other around a track to provide us with entertainment. Plus, where would the cowboys of yesteryear and today be without this helpful companion? Let’s venture into all things horse. You may just be amazed at what you learn.
A horse by any other name is still a horse…literally. The horse has several names it can be called and mostly has to do with the stage of life it is in. An adult male horse is called a stallion, while the adult female is called a mare. A young male horse is a colt, the female is a filly. An adult male horse that has been altered is known as a gelding. However all small horses are not technically called a pony, only the horses the stay small even after they become adults are referred to as ponies.
It is estimated that there is over 60 million horses on the planet today. Fossils of these animals date back as far as 50 million years ago; however they were a lot smaller. Wild horses were domesticated around 5,000 years ago and have now been changed into purebred lines that number in the hundreds.
The smallest horse we have today is the miniature. This horse should stand between 34 to 38 inches (86–97 centimeters). Technically the horse is measured in hands and is measured from the last hairs on the mane or its withers. The biggest horse is the Draft horse breed. These animals stand around 16 to 19 hand tall (64 to 76 inches/162 to 193 centimeters). They can also exceed weights of 2,000 pounds (910 kilograms).
Newborn horses are able to stand up and run shortly after they are born. As they mature the horse can gallop to around 27 miles-per-hour (44 kilometers-per-hour). However, some breeds can exceed that. The World’s Record is held by a horse named “Winning Brew”. It clocked in at a speed of 43.97 miles-per-hour (70.76 kilometers).
Another fascinating fact about the horse it that it has the biggest eyes of any land mammal – that includes the elephant! Their eyes are located on the sides of its head and allows them to see nearly 360 degrees at one time. Horses are purely vegetarian and will dine on a variety of grasses, hay, oats, fruit, maize, sugar and other types of non-meat products. Perhaps this is why the horse can live upwards of 25 years. In fact, one horse named Old Billy was said to have lived to 62 years!
Horses are an amazing and majestic animal. Their usefulness to man is not only for practical work-related reasons, but also because they can make wonderful companions. To learn more about horses, check out the internet, a horse farm or someone that keeps a horse as a pet.
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