Facts About Horses - Issues That Could Kindle Your Fascination

"A horse is 1 of those animals which have played a great function on the lives of humans. When we see a horse, we couldn't help but glance and stare at it. Indeed, most of us find horses are such remarkable creatures. This amazement may even be elevated to a higher level as soon as we get to understand a number of fascinating details about horses that have been recorded in history.

The first ever equine from which the modern horse has evolved was an 'Eohippus' or 'Hyracotherium' which was only about 16 inches in height, about the measurement of a fox and inhabited the woodland. Its front feet had 4 toes and fingers whilst the rear feet had 3 toes. Hooves were only presumed to have developed within the horse's anatomy as the animal's type of aligning itself to the environment and for survival to run away from predators.


The Shire horse is the biggest and tallest of all horse breeds. The mares are measured with height of 64 inches and above while stallions can reach a height of greater than 68 inches. Because of the animal's huge dimension, it is utilized to pull heavy cargos like brewery wagons and often served as horse transport, previously as well as to nowadays, for delivering ale. Some Shire horses are employed in advertising campaigns, leisure and forestry.

Horses are said to live a complete lifestyle of only 30 years provided that they're fed and furnished with the proper food and diet, allowed to have filed exercises and offered medical attention and care. Nevertheless, there was once a gelding named Old Billy which lived twice the full age of an average horse and lived up to 62 years.

The Arabian horse breed is believed to be the oldest and purest breed of equine animals. These horses are believed to have already been in existence some four, 500 years ago and already existed throughout the time of Muhammad. The equines were speculated to have originated in the desert of Africa by the Bedouins then extended around the deserts in Arabia following 2,500 years. When Islam religion was spread, so did the breed of the Arabian horses.

The smallest horse in history is a miniature horse Thumbelina which was born on May 1, 2001 afflicted by dwarfism. Thumbelina's height was only 17 inches and its weight just 57 pounds. It has short limbs and looks tubby. Just recently there was a pint-sized stallion born in New Hampshire that's stated to compete within the Guinness Guide record for the tiniest newborn horse. Einstein, the new-born pinto's name, stands a mere 14 inches and weighs only 6 pounds. In comparison to Thumbelina, Einstein isn't afflicted by Dwarfism.

The tallest horse is named Sampson. It is a gelding Shire horse that was born in 1846 in Bedfordshire, England. It was castrated when it was one and a half years old but its testicles were already the size of a softball. During its fourth year of age when it was also renamed Mammoth, Sampson stood seven feet and 2.5 inches. Mammoth's maxed out weight was 3,360 pounds."

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