Horses don’t have a gallbladder.

In the wild, foals will suckle until they are a year old, and sometimes longer.

The horse has the largest eyes of any land animal.

A horse’s teeth occupy more space in its head than its brain.

Horses are not color-blind.

Horses have memories that put elephants to shame.

The height measurement of a "hand" is 4 inches. That’s because it was considered to be the width of an "average" man’s hand across the knuckles.

Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth, but females only 36.

Barley is thought to be the first grain to be domesticated, and probably the first to be fed to horses.

There were no horses in Australia until 1788.

The sequence of the horse’s footfalls at the walk was correctly described by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) in the 4th century B.C.

The state of Wyoming has used a cowboy on a bucking bronco on its license plates since 1936.

Selective horse breeding has been practiced by the Arab tribes since at least the 7th century.

Caspian ponies probably existed in Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C.

The Clydesdales became the Anhueser-Busch symbol on April 7, 1933.

A coltpixie is believed to be a spirit horse which lures mortal horses into bogs.

In Greco-Roman myth, donkeys are a symbol of lust.

The oldest horse on record is Old Billy. Foaled in 1760, he died at age 62 in 1822. He was a draft cross bred in Woolston, Britain.

Women rode astride until the 15th century, then followed the period of sidesaddle.

The Celts were using nailed-on horseshoes by the 5th or 6th century B.C.

An ancient practice is putting a horse’s shoes on backwards — toe to heels — to mislead a pursuing enemy. It was used in the 11th century by King Alphonso in his escape from the Moorish Kind Ali Maymon of Toledo, Spain; in 1303 by Robert the Bruce in his escape from King Edward; and in 1530 by Duke Christopher of Wuurtemburg in his escape from Emperor Charles V. And if you believe the movies, it was a common practice in the Old West.

The word farrier, one who shoes horses, comes from the Latin ferririus, "iron worker."


By “Caveman Chuck” Coker on 2008-09-18 16:48:40