Have you ever wondered why, once you’re outside on a hack
, your horse will abruptly spook in a bag or other thing which you’re looking at for the previous five minutes? Horses have very great distance vision and can see much farther than we could. However, they just see close objects in sharp focus when they’re quite near them. Hence they will only find that bag when they’re almost on top of it! This is quite helpful to remember, as you’ll have enough time to prepare yourself and get ready to coax your horse beyond an object that you know he can get worried about!
Horses and ponies are exceptional creatures that have been a part of human life for centuries. They have interesting characteristics all of their own and have shaped our language in addition to our lifestyle. Even today we quantify the ability of our automobile engines as being equal to horsepower!
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.
Did you know that horses have one leg (or side) which is a hair shorter than another? The mane will fall into the short-legged side.
Were you aware that Arabians have one less rib, one fewer back slopes and one fewer neck vertebrae than any other horse in the world? This is they have such short backs.
Did you know the interesting horse reality that horses have near 360 degrees all round vision? The only place they can’t see is right behind them! It’s quite dangerous to stand behind a horse – they get easily scared if they believe something is behind them and they can not see it. As prey animals, they think it is safer to kick first and ask questions later!
Due to the place of horse’s eyes on both sides of their head horses can’t see things directly in front of the noses. This means they can’t see the food they eat! Additionally, it means they can’t find a jump as soon as they are about a 110 cm (or 4 ft) from it, and need to rely on memory as to its height and shape!
Were you aware that horses can lock the muscles in their legs so that they could go to sleep standing up and not fall over? This was a helpful trick when horses lived as wild animals and had to have the ability to generate a fast escape from a predator!
Why do we always mount out of the nearside of a horse? In olden days men used to wear scabbards for their swords in their left hip (so they can draw the sword immediately with their right hand. If they’d got on from the opposite side of the horse that the sword could have got in the way!
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.
During our connection with horses, they’ve crept their way not only into our hearts and lifestyles but also into our everyday speech. Many non-horsey men and women use terms with no idea where they originated from!
By way of instance, I expect you’ve often heard something being known as ‘a perfect mare’! If you own or ride a mare, I hope you grin at that point!
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!)
Since the Hackney horse, originally from the village of Hackney in London, was a particularly good high stepping equine for pulling carriages, and then the first taxis! To my knowledge, there are no more any horses in Hackney, although the breed continues.
Romans like things organized, so had a typical wheel width for their chariots that were made for Imperial Rome. Since the wheels of the chariots wore ruts in the roads, other people had to also utilize the identical spacing for their wheels – otherwise, they were likely to ‘get stuck in a rut.’
Roman road in Pompeii
Around 60 percent of the world’s railways, such as Europe and the USA use the normal railroad gauge of 1,435 mm (4 feet 8 1/2 in).
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!