Our Horses (& Ponies)
Here on our farm, we have 13 horses. 7 are owned by the farm and 6 rent stalls here. Out of the 14 horses 5 are ponies and 9 are full size. Most of our work here and all provide us with pleasure.
Horses sleep standing up-
Yes, horses can sleep standing up! They sleep laying down too. Learn all about the sleeping habits of horses. Horses must lie down to achieve a full restorative sleep cycle for a minimum of 30 minutes per day to avoid sleep deprivation. There are many factors that influence a horse's ability to lay down to sleep and rest. These factors may be environmental such as weather, available space and comfortable bedding or physical deterrents such as musculoskeletal impediments; ie osteoarthritis.1
Horses can't burp-
That's right! Horses can't burp, at least not the way humans do. They can't vomit or breathe through their mouths like humans do either. A horse's digestive system is a one-way street, unlike cattle and other ruminants who regurgitate food to re-chew it. Although they have a pretty efficient way of processing the tough fibrous foods that make up their forage, this long, one-directional system can cause problems that result in colic.2
You can estimate a horses age by their teeth-
While you can't tell the exact age of a horse by its teeth, you can estimate its age. Horses need proper equine dental care for their teeth, but sometimes a horse lives longer than its teeth do, so extra care is needed when feeding senior horses.
Horses can live to be 30 years old-
One of the most common questions about horses is "how long does a horse live?" The answer may surprise you. Knowledge of horse nutrition, horse care, and veterinary medicine has increased. Because of this, just as human life expectancy has increased, so has equine longevity.
The American Quarter Horse is the World's Most Popular Breed-
Appreciated by beginner riders and professional horsemen alike, the American quarter horse is the world's most popular breed. Learn more about the American quarter horse.
Most Arabian Horses have 1 less vertebrae then other breeds-
The Arabian horse is the foundation of many other light horse breeds. They also possess some unique characteristics. Most Arabian horses have one fewer vertebrae, rib bone, and tail bone than other horses.
Horses are Herbivores-
Humans are omnivores, lions are carnivores, and horses are herbivores. The way their teeth are formed (grinding molars to break down fibrous plant material), the position of their eyes (face to the side to be on the lookout for predators), and the type of digestive system are all typical characteristics of herbivores.
Horses are herd animals-
Horses in the wild live in small herds, and domestic horses feel more comfortable if they have companions too. It can be quite stressful for a horse to live alone.3 Companionship for horses may be an equine stablemate or even another species such as a goat, donkey, or mule. Even a dog may become a suitable companion for a horse.
Horses are measured by hand-
The standard measurement for determining the height of a horse is called a hand. One hand is equal to 4 inches. A pony is an equine under 14.2 hands. The only equines not measured in hands are miniature horses, which are measured in inches or centimeters.
Most white horses are actually grey-
Most of the white horses that you see were actually a much darker color at birth and gradually turn white. These "white" horses may start as bay, chestnut, or almost black. These horses aren't called white, but gray.
Ponies are small horses.
Ponies have thicker manes and tails than horses.
They also have proportionally shorter legs, thicker necks and shorter heads.
Well trained ponies are good for children while they are learning to ride.
As well as for riding, ponies are used in driving and working roles.
Young ponies are called foals.
Shetland ponies are small but very strong.
Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses.
Miniature horses are even smaller than ponies.
Hackney ponies were first bred to pull carriages.
Ponies are easy to look after, requiring half the food that a horse would if it was the same weight.