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Hay is for Horses!

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Where are our equine aficionados? It’s I Love Horses Day (held annually on July 15th). To honor that, we wanted to share some fun facts about horses (from…

  1. Horses have been on the Earth for more than 50 million years
  2. They originated in North America and migrated to Asia and Europe.Horses went extinct 10,000 years ago in North America, and were then reintroduced.
  3. It is believed that horses were domesticated in Asia about 3000 or 4000 B.C.
  4. There are more than 400 different breeds of horses
    • The biggest is 69 inches and can weigh more than 2,200 lbs.
    • The smallest can be as small as 30 inches and weigh 120 lbs.
    • Bonus Fact:Ponies are adult horses that stand less than 56 inches tall
  5. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica
  6. Horses in the wild run in herds of 3 to 20, led by a mature male (stallion)
  7. The gestation length of a horse is 11 months, and babies are called foals
  8. Horses are herbivores
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