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· 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.