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An Interesting Tidbit

Did you know that breeds of horse can be classified as either warm blooded or cold blooded?
Of course all horses are warm-blooded organisms, they have the ability to regulate their internal
body temperature, unlike reptiles, which have to find sunshine to get their body warm.
Warm and cold-blooded types of horse breeds refer to body and personality characteristics.

Look at the list of breeds and see it you can put them in the
correct category by putting a W or C next to the breed:

Akhal-Teke __________ Clydesdale ____________

Suffolk Punch_______ Arabian_____________

Shetland Pony _______ Polo Pony___________

Assateague Pony_________ Percheron______________

Bashkir Curly____________ Morgan_________________

Paint Horse _______________ Quarter Horse_____________

Walking Horse________________ Australia Brumby_____________

Icelandic Pony________________ Friesian ____________________

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Ask The Expert

Do Horses
Like to Jump?

Some do and some do not. Some get very excited when they know they are going to be asked to jump. Through training and practice on ground poles and working up to higher and higher obstacles, the horse develops confidence in leaping over objects and can sometimes continue jumping the course when the rider has fallen off. If you would like to participate in the sport of jumping, not only will you need to have an athletic horse but also one who likes to do the activity with you.

How did the American Indians Keep Their Horses from Wandering Off Without
Using Fences?

The horse holds a special place in the culture of the American Indian both then and now. When setting up camp the tribe would pick the place with the best grass for grazing so the horses would naturally want to stay in the area. The tribe would have individuals who were a type of horse whisperer whose job it was to keep track of the herd. Horses with special skills such as carrying the rider close to buffalo in the hunt would be tied close to the tipi or even housed in the lodge. Also other tribes would try and steal horses from one another so it was very important to keep watch over the herd at all times.

What Does it
Mean When a Horse Cribs?

Cribbing is a destructive behavior where the horse locks his front teeth over an object, pulls back, sucks in air and grunts. Most people believe horses do this out of boredom by being lock up in a stall with nothing to do. Since horses are made to wander around and eat grass all the time, cribbing has come about because people want and need to keep horses in stalls. Some people believe this behavior can be passed down through genetics. Research has shown a high carbohydrate diet to be one cause for the behavior. Others people think cribbing has to do with stomach upset in the horse. Whatever the cause cribbing is destructive to fencing, stall walls and the horse’s teeth.

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Vital information—You Should know This about Your Horse

Do you know the resting heart (pulse) and respiratory rate of your horse?
How about his temperature? Why would this be a good thing to know? If
your horse is in pain, looks off, is not eating - knowing this information can help
the veterinarian decide what is wrong sooner. Find the rates on your horse and record them
in your health record so you will know when things are not right. Increases in either
rate can tell you information about how your horse is feeling.



Pulse Rate


How many beats per minute.

  • This can be taken at the coronet
    band or on the inside of the jaw
  • Average Resting heart rate 30-40 beats
    (young horses and foals are different)
  • Look it up so you will know


Respiratory Rate


Watch your horse breathe in and out and count
how many times he does this in one minute.

  • Average rate for a horse is 8 to 12- breaths
    (Foals are higher)




Temperature is taken be inserting a thermometer into the horse’s rectum.

  • You can buy horse thermometers or use a digital
    one from the drug store. Put a small amount of petroleum jelly on the tip to help it slide in.
  • Average temperature: 99.5 to 101.5 degrees F

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Silly Stuff

What happened to Lady Godiva's horse when he saw she had no clothes on?

A stallion and a mare where due to get married, but the stallion didn't show up at the church.

Why are jockey like clouds?

Did you find my horse well behaved?

You said this horse could jump as high as a ten-foot fence and he can't jump at all.

Why is it difficult to identify horses from the back?

What does it mean if you find a horseshoe?

Where did the Knights of the Round Table park their horses? In the Sir Lance Lot

» Answers

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Silly Stuff - Answers:

It made him shy

He got colt feet

Because they hold the reins

Indeed, whenever we came to a fence
he let me over first

Well neither can a fence!

They're always switching their tails!

Some poor horse is walking around in his socks

In the Sir Lance Lot


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