are about 75 million horses in the world.
Horses' hooves grow
approximately 0.25 in a month, and take nearly a year to grow from
the coronet band to the ground.
In the state of Arizona, it
is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their
Cross-country jumps are
marked with a red flag on the right side and a white flag on the
left side; the horse has to jump through these two flags or it is
considered out of bounds and you are disqualified.
adult horse should have a pulse of between 36 and 40 beats per
minute while at rest
Arabians have one less rib,
one less lumbar bone, and one or two fewer tail vertebrae than other
Mr. Ed, the talking equine
star of the 1960s television series, was a golden palomino. He
learned an enormous amount of tricks for his role, including
answering a telephone, opening doors, writing notes with a pencil,
and unplugging a light. Apparently, Mr. Ed would occasionally have a
fit of temper, as befitting his star status, and would stand stock
still, wheezing and refusing to move.
7.1 million Americans are
involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers,
employees and volunteers. 3.6 million and 4.3 million of those
participated in showing and recreation, respectively, with some
overlap in cases of people who participate in both activities.
941,000 people participated in racing in either a professional or
volunteer capacity. 1.9 million people own horses. In addition to
the people actually involved in the industry, tens of millions more
Americans participate as spectators.
- The horse
industry directly produces goods and services of $25.3 billion and
has a total impact of $112.1 billion on U.S. gross domestic product.
Racing, showing and recreation each contribute more than 25% to the
total value of goods and services produced by the industry.
- The industry's
contribution to the U.S. GDP is greater than the motion picture
services, railroad transportation, furniture and fixtures
manufacturing and tobacco product manufacturing industries. It is
only slightly smaller than the apparel and other textile products
- “If you want a kitten,
start out by asking for a horse” -
horse is God's gift to man”. -
Old Arab Proverb
me your horse, and I will tell you who you are”.
- Old English saying
"The one great precept
and practice in using a horse is this, never deal with him when you
are in a fit of passion." Xenophon, The
Art Of Horsemanship, 400 BC
Adult respiratory rate
is 8-16 breaths per minute
horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day
younger than 4 years can concentrate for a maximum of 10-15 minutes
lie down only about 43.5 minutes a day
sleep longer in the summer than in the winter
horse’s heart weighs nine pounds
horse is a herbivorous mammal
horses (including zebras) belong to the genus equus
began to evolve on the American continent over 60 million years ago,
they later died out and were reintroduced by Spanish settlers
is the offspring of a zebra and a donkey
two horses are identical
left side of a horse is called the “near side” and the right
side is the “off side”
horse has approximately 205 bones
horse is described as a ‘foal’ for its first year of life
have milk teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around 3-5
horse’s teeth can be used to estimate its age
generally dislike the smell of pigs
female horse is called a ‘filly’
are traditionally measured in ‘hands’, this was originally the
width of a man’s hand and has been set at 4 inches