Here are some very interesting facts about horses:
- A foal is a young horse that is either male or female.
- A horse is measured in units known as hands. One hand is equal to four inches.
- Adult female horses have 36 teeth. Adult male horses have between 40 to 44 teeth.
- A horse’s upper jaw is wider than its lower jaw.
- A colt is a young male horse that is four years or younger. A filly is a young female horse that is four years or younger.
- A horse’s age can usually be determined by its teeth.
- Dam is a term given to a mare when she becomes a mother.
- Sire is a term given to a stallion when he becomes a father.
- Horses have monocular vision which means that they can see a different image by both eyes. In other words, they can see two different images at once.
- Horses have better vision at night than humans.
- A horse is a herbivore meaning it feeds on plants.
- Horses produce approximately ten gallons of saliva a day.
- A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.
- A hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey.
- Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.
- Any marking on a horse’s forehead is called a star whether it is shaped like a star or not.
- There is a breed of horse from Russia called Akhal-Teke that can go for days without food or water.
- Horses are in the same family as zebras, mules and donkeys.
- A yearling is a foal after its first birthday.
- A mare is pregnant for eleven months.
- A horse’s average lifespan is twenty to thirty years.
- There are more than 350 breeds of horses.
- A horse’s normal body temperature is 100-101 degrees.
- Horses cannot vomit.
- Horses can sleep standing up.
- There are approximately 75 million horses in the world.
- The horse that had the starring role as Mr. Ed in the 1960′s television series by the same name was a golden palamino.
- The Celts regarded the horse as a sacred animal.
Horse Breeds of the World
This was truly one of the best weekends, for horseback riding, that Minnesota has seen in a long time! A touch of fall was in the air, all along the Minnesota River Valley. The horses truly appreciated the cooler weather, as did we!
While we’re sure that you’d rather be out on the horse trails, we found a few places that may take your mind off the daily grind of a Monday.
Hope you enjoy the ride!
Don’t forget … River Valley Horse Ranch is Open Everyday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm for guided trail rides and horseback riding. River Valley Horse Ranch is the perfect setting for your next private event, corporate meeting or celebration! Reservation Line: 952-361-3361
Cool Horse Videos on Videopedia
- List of Historical Horses
- Famous Horses – Smithsonian
- Images of Famous Horses
- A Huge List of Horse Movies
- Famous Horse Names
This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son’s autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time. Rowan Isaacson. THE HORSE BOY, a film by Michel Orion Scott and Rupert Isaacson.
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If you can’t find the time to “Saddle Up” at the ranch … grab a seat and feel like you are.
Here are a few of the very best horse movies (in our opinion), for your enjoyment.
- National Velvet
- Black Beauty
- The Black Stallion
- Phar Lap
- Sea Biscuit
- The Horse Whisperer
- My Friend Flicka – all we could find is a cool link with static pictures. To bad:|
Remember River Valley Horse Ranch is open everyday … 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Horseback Riding & Horseback Riding Event Inquiry Reservation Line • 952-361-3361
Horseback Riding and Pasture Boarding in the Twin Cities
River Valley Horse Ranch is one of a few horseback riding stables that still offers individual and group trail rides, horseback riding and pasture boarding in the Minneapolis-St.Paul Metro Area!
Starting in May we’re….open everyday • 10am – 7 pm
APRIL HOURS: Weekends 10am-Dusk
Don’t forget…River Valley Horse Ranch is the Perfect Setting for Private Events. Please call, for more details.
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, MN 55315
Just a short drive (25 minutes) from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area makes the Minnesota River Valley a wonderful day, or weekend getaway, that you won’t want to miss! Fun for the whole family!
RESERVATION LINE: 952-361-3361
You know horses are smarter than people.
You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people. ~Will Rogers
Once you’re up in the saddle, you’ll experience the beauty of manicured trails and the breathtaking Minnesota River Valley.
Our seasoned trail guides and ranch hands do whatever is necessary to ensure your safety and complete satisfaction. We have the right horse to match your riding ability.
Reservations for Horseback Riding and Group Trail Rides can be made by phone. CALL 952-361-3361
If you want a stable friendship, get a horse.
River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN for trail rides on the weekends through April…10am to dusk…grab the family, office staff or group members and celebrate the coming of spring on horseback in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley.
This huge list of random horse facts are provided by…The Equinest…the greatest horse resource that we’ve found on the internet! Thanks, Paige!
Some you may already know and some maybe new to you. Horses are stranger than they look.
Here’s to learning something new today.
1. Leonardo da Vinci liked to draw horses.
2. An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.
3. Horses can not vomit.
4. The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003.
5. Until the 1960’s Dartmoor ponies were used to escort prisoners from local prisons while they were on outside duties.
6. The word chivalry comes from cheval the French word for horse.
7. Chariot racing was the first Olympic sport in 680 B.C.
8. The Dubai World Cup is 6 million dollars, the richest horse race purse in the world.
9. Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter.
10. Like a fingerprint, every zebra has a unique stripe pattern.
11. To get an official measurement of a horses height, they must be measured without shoes.
12. Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day (more in hotter climates).
13. Horses teeth never stop growing.
14. Ragweed is responsible for more horse deaths than most other toxic plants.
15. It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
16. Horses have been found in cave paintings that date back to around 15000 B.C.
17. You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.
18. Mown grass cuttings can cause colic in horses.
19. Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
20. According to Arabian folklore chestnut horses are the fastest and bravest of all colors.
21. Ponies live longer than horses and can live well into their 50’s.
22. The four horses of the apocalypse are said to signify the end of the world; conquest on a white horse, famine on a black horse, war on a red horse and plague on a pale horse.
23. A horse’s knee joint is the equivalent to a human wrist, and their hock joint is equivalent to the human ankle.
24. The gestation period for a mare is 11 months, for a female donkey it is 12 months.
25. Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn.
26. A small indent in a horses skin (usually on the neck or shoulder) is called a prophet’s mark and is considered good luck.
27. Mongolian tribes were the first to domesticate the horse, about 5000 years ago.
28. Legend has it that the Arabian horse was created by Allah, ‘out of a handful of the southern wind‘.
29. Horses have a great long term memory, (especially for places they were spooked).
30. The oldest horse on record lived to the age of 62 and died in 1822.
31. Horses thrive on routine, especially when it comes to food.
32. Giant white horses are carved in chalk on several hillsides in England. Some date back hundreds of years – folklore says that when King Arthur of he Round Table returns to the throne, one of the chalk horses would get up and dance.
33. The best way to determine the age of a horse is by examining it’s teeth.
34. You can tell if a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin, if it takes time for the skin to return from the pinch, they need water.
35. A horses stomach should always make gurgling noises, an absence of them can mean colic.
36. If a horse has a red ribbon on it’s tail, it kicks.
37. Horses have 7 common blood types.
38. The largest horse museum in the world is the International Museum of the Horse in Kentucky.
39. In Greek mythology Apollo delivered the sun and the moon to the sky every day in his horse drawn chariot
40. Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone.
41. Donkeys have been known to live 35-40 years.
42. Arabian horses have one fewer vertebrae and one less rib than other breeds.
43. When cantering, a horse takes a breath with every stride.
44. Horses will mourn the passing of a companion.
45. All horses have parasites in their stomach and intestines in small quantities, they only become a problem if the count builds up.
To ride or not to ride? What a stupid question!
There are so many cool resources on the Internet that share the health benefits of horseback riding. You will truly be amazed at how beneficial it really is…Fun too!
We stumbled upon a blog by Chet Day…a very simple but useful site that has a wealth of information.
A little snippet from Chet’s article on the benefits of horseback riding…Your muscles and joints are another area that can greatly benefit from horseback riding. The movements of the horse force you develop good muscle tone, this happen automatically and instinctively. While this is most noticeable in your thighs and calves, there is a a more holistic effect going on as well.
So how many calories do you actually burn horseback riding?
Not a gym person? Think about making a regular exercise regimen out of your favorite hobby. That’s what this horse enthusiast did. No matter what your age…remember horses double as friends!
Can’t think of a better reason to saddle up!
Open Weekends 10:00 am – Dusk
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, Minnesota 55315
River Valley Horse Ranch is very proud to be one of the original Twin Cities horse stables offering hourly horseback riding, pasture boarding and hourly trail rides, in the great state of Minnesota.
Minnesota Horseback Riding @ River Valley Ranch, Inc.
While searching the internet for our own marketing purposes, we found it very interesting how hard it is to find concise information on the art of horseback riding, trail ride opportunities and basic horseback riding skills.
Our top picks for the best of the best horse lovers, horseback riding and trail riding links on the internet today:
As the January thaw continues…remember River Valley Horse Ranch is open on the weekends 10 am until dusk for group trail rides and special events.
RIVER VALLEY RANCH, INC.
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, Minnesota 55315
Reservation phone: 952-361-3361
Remember…we’re open weekends…
November-April • Weekends 10:00 am – Dusk