Horse Sense


Horseback Riding

River Valley Horse Ranch Is Open Everyday @ 10am


There is no other feeling in the world like riding a horse. If you’ve never had the pleasure of riding a horse, you don’t know what you’re missing! 

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


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One response to “Horse Sense

  1. lb

    actually, the “horse” in Mr. Ed was a zebra, not a palomino – check out

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