5 things you didn’t know about horses

Yeah, yeah, yeah call me horse-crazy…I know. But I figure I should enlighten the non-horse world on horses.

1.  Horses are great swimmers. Okay, you might have known that if you have been or heard about Chincoteague Island. Each year there is a pony swim.   Also, swimming is a form a therapy for injured horses.

2. Horses don’t have the ability to throw up.  According to Your Horse magazine and my personal knowledge, horses have a band of muscle around the esophagus as it enters the stomach. This band works as a one-way valve. It cuts off the passage for food going back up. In horses, this muscle closes so powerfully they simply can’t vomit. Because horses can’t vomit, materials have to be evacuated through the gut – this is why they’re prone to colic. And colic is very serious for horses. Without immediate surgery, it can cause death.

3. Horses like a lot human food. They are like dogs. They like pop tarts, apples, carrots, mints, cookies, bananas, ginger snaps; I even heard of a horse eating a slice of pizza. Okay, so it might not be the healthiest for them, but they sure appreciate it if you shared your food with them once in a while.

4. There is a difference between a horse and a pony.And it isn’t that a pony is a baby and a horse is an adult, which is a big misconception of  people from outside the horse world. Horses’ heights are measured in hands. Each hand is 4 inches. And they are measured from the ground to the top of their withers, or shoulder. A pony is up to 14.2 hands. A horse is 14.3 hands and up. The tallest horse known is 20 hands and 2.75 inches (and he weighs 2,600 lbs).

This is me competeing at the CPJHSA Benefit Show in Pre Children’s hunter on Bosley

5.  Not all horses are racehorses.I don’t know why, but whenever I say that I ride to aperson in my school, they automatically think I race. There are so many types of riding. Hunter/jumper (which I do), dressage, western/barrel racing, carting, vaulting, and eventing are just a few.

 

About Erin O'Neill

I am happiest on a horse. Writing, photography, skiing, and horseback riding are my passions.
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2 Responses to 5 things you didn’t know about horses

  1. Amanda Chan says:

    I laughed out loud when I read the introduction to this article. Next time I see a horse, I’ll be sure to share my ice cream or something.

    • Erin O'Neill says:

      Haha I was thinking of you when I wrote it. And yeah you should. Yesterday I gave a horse a freeze-pop. :)

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