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·        FACTS


·         Horses have been around in some form or other for at least 50 million years

·         Foals are born with legs 90% of their full adult length.

·         Most foals are born at night.

·         All Thoroughbreds birthdays are celebrated on the same day – August the first.

·         The world’s smallest horse is the Falabella which ranges from 38 – 76 cm tall.

·         Apart from Antarctica, Australasia is the only continent with no native horses.

·         The oldest ever horse lived to be 62 year

·         Horseshoes are said to be lucky and the luckiest horseshoe of all is one from the hind leg of a black stallion.

·         Foals can stand an hour after they are born.

·         There are over 150 different breeds and types of horses.

·         There are about 750 Lac  horses in the world.

·         A horse has approximately 205 bones.

·         A horse’s teeth can be used to estimate its age.

·         A zebroid or zorse is a cross between a horse and a zebra. A cross between a

·         zebra and a donkey is a zeedonk.

·         Breeding a male donkey to a female horse results in a mule. Breeding a male


·         horse to a female donkey results in a hinny.

·         Mules and hinnies are almost always sterile.

·         A donkey stallion is called a jack. A donkey mare is called a jenny.

·         The smallest pony ever was a stallion named “Little Pumpkin” who was only 35 cms tall!

·         The fear of horses is known as equinophobia.

·         Horses can’t breathe through their mouths.

·         One of the tallest horses on record was a Percheron called Dr Le Gear. He stood 21 hands high (2.13 metres) and weighed 1 370 kilograms!

·         Arab horses have 17 ribs (all other horses have 18), five lumbar vertebrae (other horses have six) and 16 tail vertebrae (other horses have 18).

·         The right hand side of a horse is called the off side. The left hand side is the near side.

·         Horses sleep between two and three hours per day. Only 45 minutes of this sleep time is spent lying down.

·         Modern horses are known as Equus  caballus.