It is almost impossible
for a horse to vomit-- if they do, their stomachs usually rupture
Foals and Foaling
A newborn foal's legs
are already 90% of the length they will be when full grown.
A foal is able to stand
just one hour after birth.
A foal can walk, trot,
and run just two hours after birth!
The first milk the mare
makes is called colostrum. This is a rich milk and it is very
important for the foal, because it helps protect it against disease.
Most foals will start
to nurse less than two hours after being born.
A female foal is called
A male foal is called
More foals are born
between April 15- May 15 than any other time.
Mares usualy foal at
Mares don't like to
be watched when they foal. If someone is watching, they might
stop foaling and wait till the the person goes away.
A mare may give birth
in as little as 15 minutes, but no longer than an hour. If she
is still straining after an hour has passed, something is seriously
If you have to help
pull a foal out, NEVER pull up! Always pull down, toward the horse's
Horses like classical
The oldest horse was
named Old Billy. He was a cross breed, he was born in 1760 and
he lived to be 62.
The World's Largest
Horse was a Shire gelding named Samson, bred by Thomas Cleaver
of Toddington Mills, England. Foaled in 1846, this horse measured
21.2 1/2 hand high in 1850, and weighed 3,360 pounds.
Did you know....
Here are some words that are derived from the latin word for horse,
equus, and the Greek word for horse, hippos. From the American
e·quine adj. 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic
of a horse. 2. Of or belonging to the family Equidae, which
includes the horses, asses, and zebras.
e·ques·tri·an adj. 1. Of or relating to
horseback riding or horseback riders. 2. Depicted or represented
on horseback: an equestrian statue of a famous monarch. --e·ques·tri·an
n. One who rides a horse or performs on horseback. [From Latin
equester, equestr-, from eques, horseman, from equus, horse.
eq·ui·ta·tion n. The art and practice of riding a horse. [Latin
equitatio, equitation-, from equitare, to ride horseback.
eq·ui·tant adj. Overlapping at the base
to form a flat, fanlike arrangement in two ranks, as the leaves
of some irises. [Latin equitans, equitant-, present participle
of equitare, to ride horseback, from eques, equit-, horseman,
from equus, horse.
eq·ui·se·tum n., pl. eq·ui·se·tums or eq·ui·se·ta.
horse·tail n. Any of various nonflowering plants of the genus
Equisetum, having a jointed, hollow stem and narrow, sometimes
much reduced leaves. Also called equisetum.
e·o·hip·pus n. A
small, herbivorous, extinct mammal of the genus Hyracotherium
(or Eohippus) from the Eocene Epoch of the western United
States, having four-toed front feet and three-toed hind feet
and related ancestrally to the horse. [New Latin : eo- + Greek
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