All About Horses

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All About Horses

How do you know you are a horse lover?

Is your first and second favorite animal, a horse?

Is your bedroom covered with horse posters on your walls and horse models on your shelves?

Would you rather muck out a stall and groom your horse, than clean your room?

Then you are absolute, undeniably a horse lover.

When you go to bed, wake up in the morning, with one thing on your mind, “horses” well for sure you are horse crazy.

Enjoy it, you know you are a horse lover.

Horse Lover Video

If you have a horse lover in your family, you most likely have had horses around and in their life for many years.

Riding horses is a very popular sport, there are many horse lovers that spend their weekend or a day away trekking along tracks and thick bush.

Lot’s of mothers do this, my daughter, grand daughter, and great grand daughter do, it’s a very good way of relieving stress after a hard week, let dad look after the household for a day, and enjoy the ride, you will feel like a new woman, after your ride. Enjoy.

Megan Hagley

The terminology used to describe horses of various ages!

Foal: a horse of either sex less than one-year-old.

Yearling: a horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.

Colt: a male horse under the age of four.

Filly: a female horse under the age of four.

Mare: a female horse four years old and older.

Stallion: a non-castrated male horse four years old and older.

Gelding: a castrated male horse of any age.

My Grand Daughter with her horse 

Megan horse jumping

Horses Digestive Systems

Horses are herbivores with a digestive system adapted to a forage diet of grasses and other plant material, consumed steadily throughout the day.

Horses are not ruminants, so they have only one stomach, like humans, but unlike humans, they can digest cellulose, a major component of grass.

Cellulose digestion occurs in the cecum, or “water gut”, which food goes through before reaching the large intestine.

Unlike humans, horses cannot vomit, so digestion problems can quickly cause colic, a leading cause of death in horses.

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Horses Sleeping Pattern

While searching the internet about horses, I read this, which surprised me as I have been around horses most of my life and I never realized this. So I’m sharing it with you.

Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down.

In an adaptation from life in the wild, horses are able to enter light sleep by using a “stay apparatus” in their legs, allowing them to doze without collapsing.

Horses sleep better when in groups because some animals will sleep while others stand guard to watch for predators.

A horse kept alone will not sleep well because its instincts are to keep a constant eye out for danger.

Unlike humans, horses do not sleep in a solid, unbroken period of time but take many short periods of rest.

Horses spend four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and from a few minutes to several hours lying down.

Total sleep time in a 24-hour period may range from several minutes to a couple of hours, mostly in short intervals of about 15 minutes each.

The average sleep time of a domestic horse is said to be 2.9 hours per day.

Horses must lie down to reach REM sleep.

They only have to lie down for an hour or two every few days to meet their minimum REM sleep requirements.

However, if a horse is never allowed to lie down, after several days it will become sleep-deprived, and in rare cases may suddenly collapse as it involuntarily slips into REM sleep while still standing.

A 450-kilogram (990 lb) horse will eat 7 to 11 kilograms (15 to 24 lb) of food per day and, under normal use, drink 38 litres (8.4 imp gal; 10 US gal) to 45 litres (9.9 imp gal; 12 US gal) of water.

Today domestic horses are found all over the world, with a population estimated at around 60 million.

9 thoughts on “All About Horses

  1. Oh Elsie, great post! I’ve loved horses ever since I was a kid. Read every horse book I could get my hands on. Never was around them much physically, although I helped to manage a peace ranch that housed horses for some time. 🙂 🙂 Love that it’s something you are sharing with your family – and especially your granddaughter. Really beautiful, thanks! Needed a lift me up today.
    Blessings to you Elsie — Debbie

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      • Thank you, Elsie! ❤ I used to have both a dog and a cat; however I do a lot of traveling now so I don't have a pet currently. 🙂

        All is well … each situation is a blessing for our learning! (and growing self-love – that has been key for me) Have a beautiful weekend, and keep smiling Elsie. Blessings, Debbie

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