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txilar
142459.  Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:05 am Reply with quote

Horsey facts ? courtesy of http://www.shannonleighstables.com/HORSE-FACTS-


1.
The "OLDEST" recorded horse was "Old Billy" an English barge horse, who lived to be 62 years old.

2.
A horse's "HEART WEIGHS" about 10 pounds!


3.
The average horse's HEAD WEIGHS 11.84 pounds

4.
Horses expend more energy lying down than they do when they are standing up!

5.
Horses cannot vomit.

6.
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 re ceived in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

7.
The male seahorse is the one who gets pregnant and delivers the baby seahorses.

Fact 6 above is disputed and fact 7 is utter tosh as the female seahorse is made preggers and then passes the progeny over to the male.

 
grizzly
142461.  Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:12 am Reply with quote

Actually no you're wrong about the sea horses (one of those unusual bits of general ignorance that come about because people think the true answer is a myth).

The female sea horse transfers the eggs to the male who then fertilises them. The eggs then grow in him as they would in a female fish of another species (although there are plenty of species where the eggs are just left to float around in the water on the the sea bed until they "hatch").

Fact 6 was dealt with on the show when Alan Davies brought it up. It is in fact, total and utter tosh.

 
txilar
142470.  Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:23 am Reply with quote

your quick off the mark grizzly.

You don't sugar the pill, do you?

I did see the show when fact 6 was debunked.

I feel just as Alan did when he was slapped down 3 times in a row for retelling myths as truths.

He said " how is it that everything I know is wrong" the bearded one replied that he shouldn't get all his knowledge in a public house

 
grimwig
171459.  Wed May 02, 2007 5:27 am Reply with quote

On a radio quiz show last week they said that besides humans the horse is the only other animal with a hymen. Is that true?

 
Mulvil
171461.  Wed May 02, 2007 5:33 am Reply with quote

I believe so without looking it up

I've certainly heard it said before

 
Bengal_pussycat
204300.  Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:16 pm Reply with quote

So does anyone know why some horses are scared of crisp packets when out riding, but will walk calmly past a carrier bag making a worse noise?

 
Hans Mof
204308.  Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:40 pm Reply with quote

grimwig wrote:
On a radio quiz show last week they said that besides humans the horse is the only other animal with a hymen. Is that true?


And here's the unevitable wiki-link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_with_hymens

 
indigo fugit
206504.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:54 am Reply with quote

SIMILAR CASES
Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman [1860-1935]

There was once a little animal,
No bigger than a fox,
And on five toes he scampered
Over Tertiary rocks.
They called him Eohippus,
And they called him very small,
And they thought him of no value -
When they thought of him at all;
For the lumpish old Dinoceras
And Coryphodon so slow
Were the heavy aristocracy
In days of long ago.

Said the little Eohippus,
"I am going to be a horse!
And on my middle finger-nails
To run my earthly course!
I'm going to have a flowing tail!
I'm going to have a mane!
I'm going to stand fourteen hands high
On the psychozoic plain!"

The Coryphodon was horrified,
The Dinoceras was shocked;
And they chased young Eohippus,
But he skipped away and mocked.
And they laughed enormous laughter,
And they groaned enormous groans,
And they bade young Eohippus
Go view his father's bones.
Said they, "You always were as small
And mean as now we see,
And that's conclusive evidence
That you're always going to be.
What! Be a great, tall, handsome beast,
With hoofs to gallop on?
Why! You'd have to change your nature!"
Said the Loxolophodon.
They considered him disposed of,
And retired with gait serene;
That was the way they argued
In "the early Eocene."

----------------------------------------
A little light relief (;-)

 
m1ndy9876
206771.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:20 pm Reply with quote

In retail a horses head is worth about 3(pictures on request)

 
indigo fugit
206787.  Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:57 pm Reply with quote

m1ndy9876 wrote:
In retail a horses head is worth about 3(pictures on request)


May I be the first to request a picture ??

I find this hard to believe as a sheeps head is three pounds and from that you can make enough stew to keep a family of four for four days.

m1ndy, is this what you mean ??

http://www.kropserkel.com/horse_head_pillow.htm

 
m1ndy9876
206884.  Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:46 am Reply with quote

no i mean if you want a horses head (previously attached to a horse) it will cost you about 3.



I did warn you

 
samivel
206887.  Wed Sep 05, 2007 1:54 am Reply with quote

I don't want any of those - they've had the hair removed and been crayoned.

 
indigo fugit
207068.  Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:12 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
I don't want any of those - they've had the hair removed and been crayoned.


on the contrary.......... there is a lot of play value for three pounds.

an enterprising child could make several necklaces from the teeth and the skull, (when cleaned), would look great on top of the garden gate.

 
jlord
239733.  Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:04 am Reply with quote

a couple more horsey facts from some previous hare-brained internet research:

8. horses have larger eyes than any other land mammal (that's absolute size, not relative to body size/weight)

9. seahorses usually mate when there's a full moon


i don't know about the crisp packet thing though..

 
AlmondFacialBar
299318.  Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:47 am Reply with quote

other horses will freak at a plastic bag and be fine with crisp packets. horses have long memories, and they'll usually freak at something they connect with bad experiences.

and talking about long memories - here's a story i want someone to make sense of for me. we've established in another thread yoks ago that horses are generally a bit daft, right? so... explain the following:

when i was growing up my mom had a mare who was in the habit of saying hi when we came to see her. we had her stabled a village away in winter, and our summer pasture was a coule of minutes' walk from our house, so she didn't have people around at all times but usually hung out with her horse buddies. anyway, when anyone of my family would come, she'd give a low whinnie of recognition, and if she was outside grazing she'd come trotting to the fence. she didn't do that with anyone else, just us. for a long time we thought she recognised the car, but it wasn't that, as the next thing will prove. my mom sold her off to a girl about an hour's drive away in the early nineties and we hadn't really seen her since, though we kept in touch with the new peole sporadically to make sure she was fine. anyway, many years later, might have even been this side of 2000 my mom and me were driving around the area, in a car the horse had never seen, and decided we'd go and visit her. well, we came up the road to the house, and there she was in her pasture, aged about 20 by then but still beautiful and - as soon as we got out of the car she gave her low whinnie and trotted to the fence to get her cuddle.

so - she obviously recognised us. but - how? car's obviously out, so, smell? body shape? sound of our voices? what?

any equine behaviour experts here to explain that one?

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 

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