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Always remember that improper treatment of the hooves in the cattle, including horses, is among the major reasons that cause the premature loss of an animal. Here at Victorian Hoof Care Services we’ll be happy to assist you.

  • Today we will share some things you may not know about horses, some of these facts are not only surprising but very unexpected:
  • There is a British law that states that an Englishman cannot sell a horse to a Scotsman.
  • In New York it is illegal to open an umbrella near a horse.
  • The animal that identifies the state New Jersey in the U.S is the horse.
  • On one occasion ribbons were put on the horses’ tails to keep them safe from witches.
  • The bows used in string instruments are often made from the hair of the horses’ tail.
  • In Canada, drinking before or while riding a horse is punishable. A horse and a carriage are classified in the same category as a car, while riding is the same as riding a bicycle.
  • On the Greek island of Hydra, horses and ponies are the only legal means of transportation. This is considered a very eco-friendly option.

This fact is very important, since there are many statues of old generals that died in battles. In the statues of a horse and the rider, if the horse has the two front legs in the air, it means that the rider died in battle, if the horse has one leg raised, the rider died because of the wounds received in the battle If the four legs are on the ground, the rider died of natural causes.

  • Julius Caesar rode a horse with three fingers. This situation resulted from a rare genetic mutation that can affect the front helmets.
  • In Rosario, Argentina, horses are required to wear hats in warm weather.
  • The national sport of Afghanistan is Buzkashi, a game in which riders on horseback try to capture a goat carcass.
  • Hippotherapy is the use of horses and horseback riding for physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapy.
  • Hypophobia and equinophobia refer to fear of horses.
  • Hippocrates translates as a horsemaster.
  • Leonardo da Vinci liked to draw horses.
  • The brain of an adult horse weighs 22 oz, about half of a human.

Curious facts related to horses’ biology and anatomy

  • Horses cannot vomit.
  • The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy, in 2003.
  • All horses have parasites in the stomach and intestines in small amounts, they only become a problem if large amounts accumulate.
  • Until the 1960s, the ponies in Dartmoor were used to escort prisoners from local prisons while they were away.
  • Horses like to eat foods with a sweet taste and will usually reject something sour or bitter. That’s why they like carrots so much.
  • Like a fingerprint, each zebra has a unique striped pattern.
  • To obtain an official measurement of the height of a horse, it must be measured without horseshoes.
  • Horses drink at least 25 litres of water per day (it can be more in warm climates).
  • The teeth of the horses never stop growing.
  • Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, which allows them to turn the ears 180 degrees.
  • Ambrosia is responsible for more horse deaths than most other toxic plants.
  • A horse helmet takes between 9 and 12 months to grow back completely.
  • You can tell if a horse is cold by touching behind its ears. If this area is cold, this is how the horse feels.
  • The joint of a horse’s knee is the equivalent of a human wrist.
  • Horses with pink skin can suffer sunburn.
  • Horses have 7 common blood types.

Curious historical facts about horses

  • Horses have been found in cave paintings dating to around 15,000 BC.
  • Cuttings of mown grass can cause colic in horses.
  • The carriage race was the first Olympic sport in the year 680 BC.
  • The ponies can live longer than the rest of the horses.
  • It is said that the four horses of the Apocalypse signify the end of the world, the conquest on a white horse, the famine on a black horse, the war on a red horse and the plague on a pale horse.
  • The gestation period of a mare is 11 months, but that of a donkey is 12 months.
  • A small script on the skin of a horse (usually on the neck or shoulders) is called a prophet’s mark and is considered a sign of good luck.
  • The Mongol tribes were the first to domesticate horses, about 5000 years ago.
  • There is an Arabic legend that says that the Arabian horse was created by Allah, “from a handful of southern wind”.
  • Horses have a great long-term memory, especially for the places they have been scared.)
  • The oldest horse that was registered lived until the age of 62, died in 1822.
  • Horses thrive on a routine, especially when it comes to food.
  • On several slopes of England appear giant white horses carved in plaster. Legend has it that hundreds of years ago when King Arthur returned to the throne, one of those horses got up and started dancing.
  • The largest horse museum in the world is the International Horse Museum in Kentucky.

The best way to determine the age of a horse is by examining its teeth, you can tell if a horse is dehydrated by pinching its skin, if it delays returning to its place, then the horse needs water. And, although many people tend to be alarmed by this, the stomach of the horses should always make gurgling noises, the absence of them can mean colic.

In Greek mythology Apollo put the sun and the moon in the sky every day mounted on his chariot drawn by horses. And it is worth noting that horses are social animals and they feel lonely if they do not have company.

Here at Victorian Hoof Care Services you can forget about your horses’ hooves since we will take care of them properly and help you keep your horse healthy and strong.