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… into the habit of learning about horses. Check out different breed websites and you can get all kinds of free stuff like posters, booklets and magazines. Attend an Equine Affaire Event or AQHA’s Quarterfest and listen to presenters who talk about all different types of horses and subjects. Remember a human has to learn how to walk, but the horse is born already knowing how.

Breed Spotlight



Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. A zorse is the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse. This cross is also called a zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra. The rarer reverse pairing is sometimes called a horbra, hebra, zebrinny or zebret.

A zony is the offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare. Medium-sized pony mares are preferred to produce riding zonies, but zebras have been crossed with smaller pony breeds such as the Shetland, resulting in so-called "Zetlands".

Zebra/Donkey Hybrid


A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. "Zonkey" is not the technically correct name for such a cross. The most commonly accepted terms are zebonkey (or zebronkey), zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass, and zedonk (or zeedonk). Another name that is sometimes used is "zebadonk". Donkeys are closely related to zebras and both animals belong to the horse family. Zonkeys are very rare.

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Sounds Like…

Think of the horse word that sounds like the word listed but is spelled differently. These are called homonyms. Can you think of others? Example – hoarse & horse

1. heard ___________________
2. pole ___________________
3. nay ___________________
4. heal ___________________
5. rain ___________________
6. tale ___________________
7. hey ___________________
8. gate ___________________
9. hawk ___________________
10. rap ___________________
11. main ___________________
12. steak ___________________

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Combine the pictures with the words to figure out the faults and ailments of the horse.

Picture Puzzles

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Did You Know?

1. 30 to 60 percent of horses have some type of over bite.
2. A horse’s skeleton does not reach maturity until 4 years of age or older.
3. A horse has no gallbladder.
4. Feed only stays in the horse’s stomach about 15 minutes before passing into the small intestine.
5. Hippology is the study of the genus equus (horses, zebras, asses and onagers) including breeds, genetics, and history and where the horse lives.

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An onager is an animal that looks like an ass or donkey. They live in Tibet, Mongolia and across Asia. They have short stubby manes, and a donkey type head with long ears. They have a light color coat and can live at high altitudes in very cold winter.

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SAFETY TIP of the Season

Before you get on a horse have everything you need for the adventure. Your helmet, gloves, jacket in case the weather turns cold suddenly. Leaving your horse all tacked up standing and waiting for you just gives them time to get into trouble. Get all your gear together and then all you will need to do is get on your horse and ride!

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Where does a horse’s digestion begin and end? As soon as the horse takes a bite of grass digestive juices get to work breaking down the food. Then off it goes to the stomach and next stop is the intestines. Then down to the cecum and colon before it ends up on the floor of the barn. Did you know that a horse has over 98 feet of intestines? That is about the length of a Blue Whale.

Want to see the length of a horse’s digestive track? Gather four different colors of string. Cut the string to match the length of the digestive tract parts listed below. Lay the string end to end and see for yourself.

Small Intestine = 70 ft.
Cecum = 4 ft.
Large Colon = 12 ft.
Small Colon = 12 ft.

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You are the driver in a sulky race. Right before the finish line, you overtake the second place sulky driver. What position do you finish in?

» Answer 1

Two horse breeders met up at the feed store. “Say I heard you had a few colts born at you place this spring”, the first guy said to the other. “What do they look like?’ The second guy replied “Well, they are all buckskins but 2, all chestnuts but 2, and all bays but 2.”

How many new foals did the second breeder have altogether?

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Ruby’s mother had 3 foals. The first was named Popcorn. The second was named Rosie. What was the third one named?

» Answer 2

Name an item a horse groomer uses that works only when it is full, yet it is full of holes.

» Answer 3

If there are 4 horses in the pasture and you lead one into the barn, how many do you have?

» Answer 4

What has 6 legs, but only 4 are touching the ground?

» Answer 5

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Can you match the following terms for cowhands
with the different countries where they are used?

cowhands              Australia
vaqueros                France
stockmen                 Mexico
gauchos          United States
guardians          Peru and Chile

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Sound Like - Answers:

1. Herd
2. Poll
3. Neigh
4. Heel
5. Rein
6. Tail
7. Hay
8. Gait
9. Hock
10. Wrap
11. Mane
12. Stake

Picture puzzles - Answers:

1. Pigeon toed
2. Crow hopping
3. Ewe necked
4. Parrot mouth
5. Barn sour
6. Cribber
7. Bowed Tendon
8. Laminitis
9. Herd Bound

Riddle Me This:

Answer 1; second because you overtook the second place driver

Answer 2: 1 buckskin,
1 chestnut, and 1 bay

Answer 3: Ruby

Answer 4: a sponge

Answer 5: the one you are leading

Answer 6: a horse and its rider

Country Cowboys - Answers:

Cowhands- United States, Vaqueros- Mexico, Stockmen- Australia, Gauchos- Peru and Chile, Guardians- France

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