Thursday, February 2, 2012

Horse Facts

  • A horse isn't considered an adult until it reaches age four.
  • A female horse over 4 years old is called a mare.
  • A male horse over 4 years old is called a Stallion or a Gelding, if castrated.
  • Horses are measured in hands high (hh).
  • A hand is equivalent to four inches or 10.2cm.
  • Horses are normally over 14.2hh except for miniature horses.
  • Anything under 14.2hh is classed as a pony.
  • There are over 200 breeds of horses in the world.
  • A horse's gestation period (time from breeding to birth) is about 11 mths
  • Horses usually live to be 20-25 years old. The oldest horse lived to be 62.
  • A father horse is called a sire.
  • A mother horse is called a dam.
  • A young female is called a filly.
  • A young male is called a colt.
  • The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus.
  • A mule is a cross between a male donkey (a jack) and a female horse (a mare).
  • Mules are usually sterile.
  • A hinny is a cross between a male horse (a stallion) and a female donkey (a jenny).
  • Hinnies are usually sterile......

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