Horses

Since man first domesticated the horse around 4000 BC, it has proved to be quite useful and important in the progress of civilization. This category contains information about wild horses, the varieties of breeds, colors, and the history of horses, as well as other general information pertaining to these stunning and magnificent animals.

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How big is a horse's heart?

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Most horses hearts are about 8 to 8.5 pounds, or less then 1% of their body weight. Some breeds have heavier/ larger hearts. Arabians have a heart around 7.6 to 8 pounds or 0.76% of their body weight. A draft horse's heart is smaller by proportion and is about 0.6& of their body weight, so a 2,000 pound draft would have a 12 pound heart. Thoroughbreds tend to have heavier/ larger hearts on average with the typical one weighing about 10 pounds, though some famous Thoroughbreds have been found to have relatively heavy/ large hearts. Secretariats heart was about 22 pounds, Shams was 18 pounds, Eclipse's was 14 pounds, Phar Lap's heart was also 14 pounds.
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Is there such thing wild palomino horses?

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Palomino is a color which is caused by the cream gene acting on a red (chestnut/ sorrel) base. Where ever the cream gene and the red gene exist you can have palomino colored horses. This includes Mustangs, Brumbies and other populations of wild and feral horses.
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What is a sound horse?

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A horse with perfectly healthy legs. He is not lame in any way. Soundness includes good eyesight, breathing, correct structure of the teeth and overall structure that results in good overall function in conjunction with healthy legs and feet. In horses used for breeding, soundness refers to the stallion's ability to breed and get mares in foal. Breeding soundness in a broodmare means that the mare is fertile, can carry a foal to term and produce adequate milk to support a foal.
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How do horses get up?

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They put their legs in front of them, then walk them up so he's in a sitting position, then he heaves his hind legs up under him so that he is standing.
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Does it matter how long a horse tail is?

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Tails that are too long get stepped on and attract a lot of dirt and debris. Tails that are too short are not good flyswatters; they aren't much help in keeping the nasty flies and bugs off your horsey friends! Some breeds have longer and thicker tails than others, and some people who show in different events have their own idea of what their horses' tail length should be. A good rule of thumb is to keep your horse's tail trimmed to a length that is midway between the point of his hock and the ground. Make sure you keep your horse's tail clean, too! It all depends on what disapline you ride. Like I rode American Saddlebreds, and they are show horses so their tails needed to be long. If it wasnt there own tail many people would buy tail extensions. But after the show was done we would braid their tails with a bunch of conditioner, put it in a sock cut into two parts at the top then wrapped in vet wrap that way it keeps their tails clean and growing and nice for the next show. But most horses dont need long tails like those show horses do.
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What is a horse over nine years of age called?

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Nothing? A horse 1 years old is called a yearling. I don't think a 9yo horse is called anything. 9 years old is 27 in horse years...you didn't ask but I bet deep inside you were wondering. Sometimes a horse over 9 yrs old is called 'aged'
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What are some names for a dun stallion horse?

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Charlie Pumkin My friend named hers Butterscotch Clover Jack Jackie Ace Irish Wild Air Almond Gold Autumnn
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Are ponies baby horses?

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No, ponies are horses under 14.2 hands. A foal is a baby horse or pony.
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What is the hair on a horse called?

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the hair on its head going down to the neck is called the "mane." the hair on the rear of the horse is called the tail.
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Do people help horses?

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Yes they do in many ways... Such as saving mistreated horses...Signing up for this petion to stop horse slaughter...etc etc
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What is the movement of horse called?

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the movement of a horse is called a gait
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Where is the umbilical cord on horses?

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on the stomach area roughly the same place as a human
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How does adaptation helps the mustang survive?

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Truthfully, the American Mustang has very few natural predators. There isn't much to stop them from surviving in the wild except maybe the elements and human interference. Technically, they are an invasive species as they are not native to the Americas. The current Mustang isn't even related to the horses brought over by the Spaniards as wild Mustang populations have been culled many times over the years. There were even times when complete eradication was attempted. However, to the point, Mustangs naturally have thicker hooves than many other breeds of horses. This has to do with the terrain they live on. It only takes a few generations of horses living on rocky ground to result in thicker than average hoof growth. They also have a thicker and hardier structure than many other breeds. What they lack in speed and agility they make up for in ruggedness and endurance. Their bone density is also very high, making them less prone to injury.
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What color can horses see?

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Horses are dichromatic animals. They are not colour blind at the least. However, their vision is quite different from humans. According to a report by Hanggi et al (2007) in Volume 121(1) of the Journal of Comparitive Psychology, "horses are dichromats with color vision capabilities similar to those of humans with red-green color deficiencies".
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What is the opposite gender of horse?

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The male is a colt or stallion, a gelding if castrated. A female is a filly or mare.
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Are horses faster when they are a mare or stallion?

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Stallions, like most every male animal, are often larger, which translates into longer strides, making a faster horse. Also, males of all species are more althetic than females. That's just how it is. So, the answer to your question is generally stallions. However, there are some fast mares, faster than some stallions, so don't underestimate the girls!
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How do wild horses stay alive in the wild?

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Horses were originally wild animals, so really have no problem surviving in the wild. However, breeds that are not native to the country they live in may have difficulty adjusting to the climate or landscape. For example, an Arabian horse is typically very fine with a thin coat. This means that it would feel the cold much easier than, say, a Shetland pony. Therefore, if these two horses were released into the wild in the UK, the shetland would probably fare better than the arabian.
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Why did the Spanish bring horses to the new world?

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Because that is how they got there if they had come by foot they would have been dead,so they took the fastest target of transportation which in this case would be horses !!!
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At what age do horses legs stop growing?

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It depends on the size of a horse, larger taller breeds take longer. There are growth plates in their bones, and the last ones to fuse are in the spine, and in a large horse like a thourobred it can take 6 and a half years.
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What is the difference between a camel and a horse?

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A camel has a hump and a horse has a removable hump. Ha ha. Seriously speaking, though, if well treated, a camel is more affectionate, inquisitive, and attention-seeking than horses, but they are less predictable. As far as the difference involved in riding these animals, camels need less food and water than horses do, so you can take them on longer journeys where there aren't as many water sources. Camels are quieter and gentler than horses are. They are less spooky, yet they sometimes buck just for the pure pleasure of it. Camels are better at getting themselves out of precarious situations. Camels can carry more weight than horses. Camels foot falls are quieter on the ground. They do not need to be shod. Camels do not colic the way horses do. A camel seems to have a mind that is more complicated and interesting than a horse's mind. Camels are more barn sour and herd sour than horses are. It's very difficult to get one away from its home or its buddies. They are not as willing to move out as horses are, and they have less agility, and are less responsive to cues. It's very hard to find a well-trained camel. It's also hard to find a good camel trainer. Camels need custom made trailers. It's hard to find a good camel veterenarian. Camels are harder on fences than horses are.