The Animations on this Page are to the best of my knowledge are Royalty Free.

These are not the only animations of Animals and more Animations can be accessed from the table at the bottom of the page.

NOTE: HORSES has been split into 4 pages because of the great N° of animations. You’ll find the links to the other pages & other animations in this series in the table near the bottom of the page. On page 4 you’ll find the links to the Big & XL animations.

 

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All Horses (including zebras) belong to the “equus” family the word comes from Greece meaning “quickness”.

There are over 350 different breeds of Horses and ponies.

A height of a Horse can be measured with the hand, where each hand equals cm10 (4ins).

You can tell how old a Horse is by how many teeth it has. A Horse gets all of its teeth by the time it is five years old. After that, they just grow longer; males generally have 40 teeth while females only have 36.

An average Horse’s head weighs approximately 5.4kgs (11.84lbs).

The weight of a Horse’s heart is approximately 4.5kgs (10lbs).

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A Horse is able to drink 38lts (10 gallons U.S.) of water per day.

Horses use their facial expressions to communicate. Their moods can be gauged with the help of their nostrils, eyes and ears.

Horses spend more energy lying down.

The hoof of a Horse is analogous like a human fingernail; it keeps on growing and needs to be clipped. It grows approximately 0.6cm (0.25ins) a month, and take nearly a year to grow from the coronet band to the ground.

A farrier or blacksmith is the person who cares for a Horse’s feet.

A narrow white mark, which runs down the face from the forehead, is called a Stripe.

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A white mark, which covers one or both of the lips and proceeds up to the nostrils, is called a White muzzle.

A broad splash of white that covers most parts of the forehead between the eyes and carries down the nose to the muzzle is called a Blaze.

Any kind of mark, which appears on the forehead of a Horse, is called a star, irrespective of whether it resembles one.

A Horse is able to walk, trot, canter and gallop.

Horses usually live for around 20 to 25 years. Some of them can live up to 5 years more.

In most cases, the foal is born at night, away from danger and prying eyes. After being born, it only takes a foal about 1–2 hours to stand up and walk.

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A Horse is described as a ‘foal’ for its first year of life and they have milk teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around 3–5 years old

Horses eat short, juicy grass, and hay. Foods like barley, maize, oats and bran are good for working Horses.

Horses are either a mixture of colours or the same colour all over. Horses are usually, black, brown, cream or gray in colour.

A Horse has two blind spots; one is located directly in front of them while the other is located directly behind.

A breed of Horses called Akhal-Teke from Russia can go for days without water or food.

A male Horse is called a stallion; female called a mare; bubs is called a foal; young female called a filly; fully-grown small Horse is called a pony.

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The father of a Horse is known as a sire and the mother a dam.

There are about 75 million Horses in the world.

Cross-country jumps are marked with a red flag on the right side and a white flag on the left side; the Horse has to jump through these two flags or it is considered out of bounds and you are disqualified.

A healthy adult Horse should have a pulse of between 36 and 40 beats per minute while at rest

Arabians have one less rib, one less lumbar bone, and one or two fewer tail vertebrae than other Horses.

Mr. Ed, the talking equine star of the 1960’s television series, was a golden palomino. He learned an enormous amount of tricks for his role, including answering a telephone, opening doors, writing notes with a pencil, and unplugging a light. Apparently, Mr. Ed would occasionally have a fit of temper, as befitting his star status, and would stand stock still, wheezing and refusing to move.

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A Horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day.

Horses younger than 4 years can concentrate for a maximum of 10–15 minutes.

Horses lie down only about 45 minutes a day.

Horses sleep longer in the summer than in the winter.

The Horse is an herbivorous mammal.

No two Horses are identical.

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The left side of a Horse is called the “near side” and the right side is the “off side”.

A Horse has approximately 205 bones.

Horses generally dislike the smell of pigs.

Horses are traditionally measured in ‘hands’; this was originally the width of a man’s hand and has been set at 10cm (4ins).

Some of the equine family’s closest relatives are tapirs and the rhinoceros.

The average Horse weighs about 454kgs (½ ton U.S.); its brain is the size of a baked potato.

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A Horse can poop up to 14 times a day!

Horses cannot vomit.

Most of the time, a Horse’s ear points where the Horse is looking.

Horses can lock the muscles in their legs so they can go to sleep standing up and not fall over.

When spoken to, Horses distinguish tones rather than particular words.

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The world’s Horse population is estimated at 75,000,000.

China not only has the most people in the world, but also has the most Horses with over 10,000,000.

The average lifespan for a Horse is around 20–25 years, though they can live up to 30 years.

“Little Pumpkin,” is the smallest pony in history, it stood 35.5cm (14ins) and weighed 9kgs (20lbs).

The oldest Horse recorded to date is – “Old Billy”, an English Barge Horse born in 1760 who lived to the age of 62 years old.

The oldest pony in history was 54 years old when he died in France.

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The oldest Horse ever to give birth was a 42 year old Australian brood mare.

The smallest breed is the Falebella of Argentina. The tallest of the breed stands about 74cm (30ins) at the shoulder.

The World’s Largest Horse ever recorded was a Shire gelding named Samson, bred by Thomas Cleaver of Toddington Mills, England. Foaled in 1846, this Horse measured 21.25 hands high (2.18m or 7ft 2ins) in 1850, he also hold the recorded for the “heaviest” Horse weighing 1,524kgs (3,360lbs.)

The world speed record for a Horse is 69.5 k.p.h. (43.2 m.p.h.); it was set by a four year old race Horse named Big Racket.

World Record “Log Pulling” was set in 1893. Two Clydesdale Stallions hauled a sledge stacked with timber weighing 128 tonnes (141 tons U.S.).

The longest tail measured was 6.7m (22ft). long was grown by an American Palomino named Chinook.

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In the wild Horse world, the mare decides when and where the herd will go while the stallion follows.

The longest Horse mane was 5.5m (18ft). long and grown by a Californian mare named Maude.

The fastest Pony Express ride was 7 days, 17 hours and was carrying Lincoln’s inaugural address.

One Horsepower (cars) = 746 watts; one metric Horsepower = 736 watts.

If a statue in the park of a person on a Horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the Horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the Horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.

Horses can see colour.

With his long limbs and large heart and lungs, the Horse is designed for galloping. Jumping is not a natural activity for Horses and left to their own devices most will go around obstructions.

The only mode of transportation on the Greek island of Hydra is Horses and ponies.

Approximately 90% of all Thoroughbreds can be traced back to Eclipse, a stallion brought to England in the early 1700s. The Horse got its name because it was foaled during a solar eclipse. He died in 1789. Eclipse, a liver chestnut with a blaze and one hind stocking.

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