Can You Pass a True Horse Lover's Quiz?

Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

They helped us win wars. They helped us cross the land in covered wagons. They helped us farm, communicate faster with the Pony Express, and be self sufficient. Today, they are therapy animals, pets, award-winning racers and are bred to win competitive sports. Horses have been there for us since anywhere from 4000 to 2000 B.C. (depending on the source) when evidence shows man's domestication of horses.  Since then, a large part of our history has been devoted to the feeding and care of these majestic animals. 

From providing a good exercise routine to knowing what can ail them, if you're a true horse lover, you know how to keep a horse healthy. You may even know a few other interesting things about horses, not just the lifespan and what infant horses are called, but whether they are color blind or how long does it takes a horse to regrow a hoof. If you've been around horses all your life, you'll breeze through the questions about their facial expressions and vocalizations. Ready to take this quiz? If you're a true horse lover, you're sure to gallop through it. Start now!

Which of these is a type of horse?

The American Quarter Horse is one of the most popular horse breeds today because of its even temperament. If you go to the races, you'll see Thoroughbreds. Appaloosas are Native American horses.

What is the name of the hair covering a horse's forehead?

The forelock or foretop is thicker and coarser than the rest of the horse's coat. The mane naturally grows to roughly cover the neck.

Which of these are horse tack?

Horse tack is any equipment used to ride a horse, such as saddle, girths, cinches, bridles, or martingales. It can also refer to other items used in handling and caring for horses.

Are horses colorblind?

Although at one point that was the general consensus, but actually they see color. However, they are better at seeing yellows and greens than purples and violets.

For what is a "cinch" or "girth" used?

A girth, sometimes called a cinch (Western riding), is a piece of equipment used to keep the saddle in place on a horse or other animal.

What are horses hooves made of?

Keratin is the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernails. The keratin is layered in horizontal sheets in order to add strength. It continues to grow even when the horse wears horseshoes.

How long can horses live?

A horse, barring injury or disease, can live up to 30 years. They can also be ridden well into their senior years as long as they receive regular light exercise, nothing strenuous.

What's the difference between Western riding and English riding?

There are additional differences as well as those mentioned above, including seat and knee position. What's more, In English riding, the rider takes a rein in each hand, whereas Western riders take both reins in one hand.

What's a horse's favorite flavor?

Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter. They will consume a salt lick, as horses require about 1-2 ounces of salt per day for the sodium and chloride minerals.

How is a horse's height measured?

One hand is equal to four inches. When you measure by hands, you'll measure from the level ground to the horse's withers (ridge between the shoulder blades) which is usually the tallest part of the body.

Which of these is a type of horse?

Arabians are one of the oldest horse breeds. They excel in all sports despite their lack of size, but dominate in endurance riding.

Can horses see in the dark?

Although horses can see better in low light than we can, they can't see in pitch darkness. Horses have a membrane at the back of their eyes which reflects light better than ours, so we mistakenly think they can see in the dark.

When riding a horse, for what are stirrups used?

A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap. Stirrups are are used to aid in mounting and as a foot support while riding a horse.

How do horses express their thoughts and feelings?

Whinnying and neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Snorts are most common during calm and relaxing activities. Forward-pointing ears indicate a positive feeling.

What does a bridle do?

A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. It includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit.

We love horses, and horses love us. How big is a horse's heart?

The average horse's heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds. It has to keep blood pumping for a majestic animal that weighs from 840 – 2,200 pounds, depending on the breed.

When is a foal able to run?

It's amazing, but once foals can stand, which is right after birth, they can move about and even run within hours of standing!

Speaking of births, when do mares usually give birth?

As long as it's not a forced breeding, mares usually give birth to foals in the spring and summer. It's important to have grass in full bloom, so she has plenty to eat in order to produce milk for a healthy foal.

If a horse is looking in one direction, but its ears are pointed in another direction, what does that mean?

Most of the time, wherever a horse's ear is pointing, is where the horse is looking with the eye (on the same side). He is intently paying attention to it. However, if the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time.

What's a "frog" when referring to a horse's hoof?

On the underside of a horse's hoof is a triangular shaped area called the “frog." It acts as a shock absorber and helps pump blood back up the leg. The frog has sensitivity similar to the nerves at the ends of our fingertips.

How much water does a horse drink a day?

In Arizona in the summer, it would be much more, but the usual amount a horse drinks is at least 25 gallons of water a day.

Can you tell if a horse is cold by feeling its nose?

It is often believed that you can tell how a dog feels by checking the temperature and moistness of its nose. But when it comes to horses, just feel behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.

We hope this never happens to your horse, but how long does it take a horse to regrow a hoof?

Although that's a very long time to keep a horse confined, a hoof is actually fast-growing. The average hoof grows 1/4 to 3/8 inch per month. Thus it takes nine to 12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.

Those huge eyes on a horse makes them special in what way?

Horses can see almost 360 degrees because their eyes are on the sides of the head. That's why they notice objects or movements that you can't see without turning around.

There are two horses in a stable. One lays down to sleep. What will the other do?

One horse will sleep and the other horse will continue standing and be on watch for predators and provide a warning, if necessary.

Which of these is a common hoof problem?

Because hooves are so important to a horse, checking their feet regularly is a good practice. Due to nutrition, sharp objects and over-riding, a number of hoof problems can affect a horse.

How often should you brush a horse?

Once a day horses should be groomed, starting with a stiff bristled brush (to remove dead skin and hair) and finishing with a softer brush to remove dust.

What types of feeling can be indicated with a horses tail?

A flattened tail may mean fear. A tail lifted over the back might indicate enthusiasm. A swishing tail can be a sign of irritation. But most of all, a tail is used to swat flies!

Which of these is the best exercise routine for a horse?

To maintain a good fitness level, but not trying to increase performance, a horse needs to be exercised by walking, trotting, cantering and a cool down three times a week, for about 20 to 30 minutes.

How much hay does the typical 1,000-pound horse need a day? (No other food but hay.)

The average 1,000-pound horse that relies on hay for all its food typically eats 15 to 20 pounds of hay per day.

Which of these are common feeding mistakes?

It's important to feed both hay and concentrates by weight, not by volume, for exact measurements. Also, it may be hard to detect symptoms in the short term, in over and under supplementing, and not providing adequate salt.

Horses have a smell-enhancing technique. What is it called?

When horses curl back their upper lip showing their front teeth and inhaling with nostrils that are usually closed, it's called "flehmen" (roughly translated as "testing") to determine whether a smell is good or bad.

Do horses have facial expressions?

If you've hung around horses long enough, you know this one. YES. Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood and feelings through facial expressions.

What is the tail composed of?

The tail is an extension of the spine. There are about 15 small vertebrae that make up the bone structure of the tail. The dock consists of the muscles and skin covering It from which hair grows.

What does it mean to "post" while you horseback ride?

If you're riding English, good form includes posting in order avoid bouncing on the horses back, which hurts both rider and horse. To post, use the hamstring muscles, and abdominal muscles to move up and down from the saddle seat in rhythm with the horse's stride.

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