With the Chinese New Year rapidly approaching we were delighted to hear that this year is the year of the horse!
According to the Chinese zodiac, which has a yearly sign represented by an animal, the characteristics of the horse make for a energetic and often impatient individual who enjoys travelling.
It's not hard to see the comparison to our equine friends there!
In any case, having learned a few facts about Labradors from our last post inspired by Basil, we thought we'd look into horses, and see what interesting facts we could dig up.
- The oldest horse on record was 'Old Billy' who lived to the ripe old age of 62! (On average horses have a life expectancy of 25-35 years)
- There are seven different terms to describe horses:
- Foal - a horse of either sex under one year old
- Yearling - a horse of either sex between one and two years of age
- Colt - a male horse under five years of age
- Filly - a female horse under five years of age
- Gelding - a castrated male horse over five years of age
- Stallion - a non-castrated male horse over five years of age
- Mare - a female horse over five years of age
- The skeleton of a horse has 205 bones, one less than a adult human.
- A horse has the largest eyes of any land mammal and this allows them a range of vision over 350°
- The fastest recorded speed of a horse is a whopping 55mph!
Captivating and graceful, horses are among our favourite animals. We have lots of country gifts featuring these magnificent beasts which make up some of our best sellers. Why not take a look at our collection of Horse Themed Gifts at The Arundell Arms?
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