20 Trivia Facts About Horses
Do you know the difference between a foal and a colt? How often do horses actually rear? Enjoy these tidbits of horse trivia, and if you are lucky I might even throw in a bonus at the end.
Horses evolved from an animal that was small and had five toes.
Prehistoric horses did live in North America but vanished for some reason, only to reappear when brought over by early explorers.
Horses are measured in “HANDS”, one hand is equal to 4 inches, or 10 centimeters. A horse who is 15.2 hands is 15 hands plus 2 inches.
Ponies are smaller than horses, generally any horse under 14.2 hands is considered to be a pony, however some breed exceptions do occur. A pony is not a young horse. This fellow (below) is a pony, most ponies tend to be stocky, with legs slightly out of proportion to that of a horse.
The word “chestnut” might refer to the color, as this photo is of a chestnut colored pony, or a growth on the inside of the horses leg, they are above the knee on the front legs, and below the hock on the hind legs.
Draft horses, are the large work horses, they are typically very gentle and calmer than other horses, ponies are horses under 14.2 hands and are often sneaky and mischievous.
Appaloosas, as seen above, come in many patterns but they are often born without the spots and the spots develop over the first year. This foal is showing quiet a lot of spotting already.
White horses are very uncommon, however grey horses are not. A grey horse is born colored and turns grey over time, some faster than others. A white horse is born white. The horse in the photograph is five years old, he was born black and is slowly turning grey. Most grey horses turn grey faster than this.
The Arabian horse, as in the photo, is one of the oldest and purest breeds, in fact even if a horse is 99.9% Arabian, it is still not considered to be a purebred. Arabian blood is present in most other modern breeds, including the Thoroughbred.