Q.What’s a Dam or a Sire?
A Dam is your horse’s mother. A Sire is your horse’s father
What’s the difference between a horse and a pony? (hh in ads means ‘hands high’) A ‘hand’ is 4 inches (20cm). This is the approximate width of a guy’s hand and was a convenient way to judge how tall a horse is quickly. The height of a horse is measured from the ground to the withers (the withers are on the peak of the horse’s shoulder, just about where the mane ends).
Any horse over 14 hands 2 inches (composed 14.2hh) high is a horse.
There’s a different height limitation differentiating horses from ponies in America – there an equine is known as a horse out of 13.2!
And no, a pony won’t develop to a horse – like people horses will grow to different heights depending on their parents. It’s quite feasible for a pony to give birth to a foal which will eventually grow to be a horse!
Do horses and ponies behave otherwise?
Like people, horses all have their personalities. And despite their small size can frequently be just as headstrong and wilful as their bigger counterparts. But being smaller they are best for kids to ride.
You don’t have to be a horse to do a man’s work – just think about the Pony Express at the old time the USA, or the Exmoor ponies that are tremendously hardy and powerful enough to carry an adult rider regardless of the fact that they stand no greater than 12.3hh!
Interesting Horse Truth:
Do you know why it’s very uncommon to see all of the horses in the same area lying down at once? This is because one creature always stands ‘on the look out’ to have the ability to alert others to some dangers.
Horses in our Speech!
The horse was first domesticated some 6000 years back. When you find a horse well rugged up in winter, or coated in fly sheets in summer, or using sun cream applied to all those sensitive elements it makes you believe that maybe this shows a certain level of intelligence on the part of the horse!
The horse has been a part of our lives for a lengthy time. A lot of the language we use every day revolves around this connection – much of which we use without thinking.
Just how many sayings originate in the horse world? These are the ones that have happened to me. If you know of any more, please email me in firstname.lastname@example.org, and I shall add them to the list.
- Do not look a gift horse in the mouth
- Get Back in the saddle
- Being a ‘dark horse’ (Horses that frequently won races were darkened to hide their identity and increase the betting odds)
- Do not change horses in midstream
- Horse and cart – cockney rhyming slang (in case you can not guess, email me for the answer!)
- You can lead a horse to water, but you can not make him drink
- Being a Perfect mare
- On the hoof
- Right from the horse’s mouth (the means of telling a horse’s age is to look at this teeth – hence getting the facts from the origin!)
Roman road in Pompeii
And that, in case you have not guessed already, is the specific width between the wheels on a Roman Chariot! This was the width set by Julius Caesar before the Roman law so that chariots didn’t get stuck in Roman cities and villages.
And if you are wondering why the wheels were spaced that space apart – it is because they needed to adapt the back sides of two warhorses!