Horse Facts & Trivia

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  • Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
  • A male horse is called a stallion.
  • A female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt.
  • A young female horse is called a filly.
  • There are over 200 breeds of horses in the world.
  • A horse’s gestation period (time between breeding and birth) is about 11 months, but can be anywhere from 10-12 months.
  • The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus.
  • Horses have five highly developed senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight.
  • There are nearly 160 distinctive breeds and types of horses around the world
  • No two horses are identical
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up
  • A horse typically sleeps 2.5 to 3 hours per day
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land
  • Horses gallop at around 27 mph
  • Horses can run shortly after birth.
  • A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.
  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
  • Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.
  • Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood.
  • Horses and other equines have better senses of smell and hearing than humans.
  • The horse is one of the 12 Chinese signs of the zodiac.
  • The horse is the state animal of New Jersey.
  • Cars with Horse names are the Ford’s Mustang, Pinto, Bronco and the Dodge’s Colt.
  • Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos are football teams with ‘equine’ names.
  • Horshoes are supposed to be lucky.
  • The Arabian horse is unique in that it is the purest of all of the breeds
  • In Bluff, Utah an unmarried woman could be jailed for riding a horse on Sunday.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Perissodactyla
  • Family: Equidae

Horse Movies

  • War Horse (2014)
  • Horse Camp (2013)
  • Midnight Stallion (2013)
  • Cowgirls N Angels (2012)
  • Flicka: Country Pride (2012)
  • Buck (2011)
  • The Cup (2011)
  • The Turin Horse (2011)
  • War Horse (2011)
  • Whitney Brown (2011)
  • Flicka (2010)
  • Secretariat (2010)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • The Horse Boy (2009)
  • The Way of Life (2009)
  • The Wild Stallion (2009)
  • In Pursuit of Honor (2008)
  • Moondance Alexander (2007)
  • Ruffian (2007)
  • The Wild Horse Redemption (2007)
  • Flicka (2006)
  • Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005)
  • Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
  • The Derby Stallion (2005)
  • Racing Stripes (2005)
  • The Colt (2005)
  • Hidalgo (2004)
  • The Long Shot (2004)
  • Into the West (2003)
  • Seabiscuit (2003)
  • The Young Black Stallion (2003)
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
  • Virginia’s Run (2002)
  • Ready to Run (2000)
  • All The Pretty Horses (2000)
  • Running Free (1999)
  • Shergar (1999)
  • Natalie Rose (1998)
  • Nico the Unicorn (1998)
  • Second Chances (1998)
  • The Horse Whisperer (1998)
  • Flash (1997)
  • Black Beauty (1994)
  • 8 Seconds (1994)
  • The Black Stallion Returns (1993)
  • The Silver Stallion, King of the Wild Brumbles (1993)
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1993)
  • Dark Horse (1992)
  • The Winter Stallion (1992)
  • Let It Ride (1989)
  • The Man From Snowy River II (1988)
  • Sylvester (1985)
  • Phar Lap (1983)
  • The Man From Snowy River (1982)
  • The Electric Horseman (1979)
  • The Black Stallions (1979)
  • Black Beauty (1978)
  • Casey’s Shadow (1978)
  • International Velvet (1978)
  • Blue Fire Lady (1977)
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)
  • Black Beauty (1971)
  • The Horsemen (1971)
  • Run Wild, Run Free (1969)
  • The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
  • Miracle of the White Stallion (1963)
  • Misty (1961)
  • The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960)
  • Tonka (1958)
  • White Mane (1953)
  • Gypsy Colt (1954)
  • Crazy Over Horses (1951)
  • Francis Goes to the Races (1951)
  • The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
  • The Red Pony (1949)
  • The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)
  • The Strawberry Roan (1948)
  • The Red Stallion (1947)
  • Black Beauty (1946)
  • Gallant Bess (1946)
  • My Pal Trigger (1946)
  • Smoky (1946)
  • The Great Dan Patch (1946)
  • Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
  • National Velvet (1944)
  • My Friend Flicka (1943)
  • Longshot (1939)
  • Kentucky (1938)
  • A Day At The Races (1937)
  • Black Beauty (1921)
  • The Derby (1895)

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  • Black Beauty, from the book “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell
  • Black Stallion, from the movie “The Black Stallion”
  • Bree Hee Hinny Hoo Hah, from the book “The Horse and His Boy” by C.S. Lewis
  • Bullseye, from the movie “Toy Story”
  • Flicka, from the movie “Flicka”
  • Ginger, from the movie “Black Beauty”
  • Gulliver, from the movie “The Horse Whisperer”
  • Mr. Ed, from the TV sitcom “Mr. Ed”

Horse Songs

  • A Horse With No Name by America
  • Beer For My Horses by Toby Keith
  • Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
  • Dark Horses by Switchfoot
  • Guns and Horses by Ellie Goulding
  • Heavy Horses by Jethro Tull
  • Horse Latitudes by The Doors
  • Pale Horses by Smashing Pumpkins
  • Save A Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big & Rich
  • White Horse by Taylor Swift
  • Flying Horses by Dispatch
  • Wild Horses by Dave Matthews Band & Rusted Root
  • Brass from a horse’s equipment protects the bearer from witchcraft.
  • Never change a horses’ name it will bring you bad luck.
  • If you see a horse with its back to a hedge rain is forthcoming.
  • When you see a white dog say nothing until you see a white horse.
  • A horse whinnying at your door forebodes sickness.
  • A couple seeing a gray horse on their way to marry means their life together will be lucky.
  • Horseshoe nails bent into a circle make potent talismans.
  • When a horse’s master dies, it cries.
  • Horses with four white feet won’t make good racers.

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