Here are some horse facts that you may or may not have known about!
A horse's hoof grows at the rate of about 1cm
The World's Longest Running horse Race is the
Kentucky Derby and itwas first run on May 17 1875 and was won by
Horses usualy live to be 20-25 years old. Some
live into their 30's and the oldest horse lived to be 62.
A father horse is called a sire and a mother
horse is called a dam.
The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus.
Horses are measured in hands and a hand is equal
to 4 inches.
The greatest age recorded for a Thoroughbred
racehorse is 42 years, in the case of the chestnut geldinhg Tango
Duke (foaled 1935), owned by Carmen J. Koper of Barongarook, Victoria,
Australia. The horse died on January 25, 1978.
The oldest winning horses are 18-year-old Revenge
at Shrewsbury, England 1790; Marksman at Ashford, Kent, England,
1826; and Jorrocks at Bathurst, Australia, 1851. At the same age,
Wild Aster won three hurdle races in 1919, and Sonny Somers won
two steeplechases in February 1980.
Big Racked reached 43.26 mph in a 1/4 mile race
in Mexico City, Mexico on Feb. 5, 1945. Onion Roll reached the same
speed at Thistledown, Cleveland, OH on Sept. 27, 1993. A record
for 1 1/2 miles is 37.82 mph, made by 3 yr old Hawkster (carrying
121 pounds) at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA on Oct. 14, 1989, with
2 min. 22.8 sec.
The record for the longest jump over water is
27 ft., 6 3/4 in., by Something, ridden by Andre Ferreira (South
Africa) in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 25, 1975.
The longest horse-drawn procession was a cavalcade
of 68 carriages that measured 3,018 feet "nose to tail",
organized by the Spies Traveling Company of Denmark on May 7, 1986.
It carried 810 people through the woods around Copenhagen to celebrate
the coming of spring.