Hey, it’s Patsy, back in the saddle here at Tuesday’s Horse.
School is in full swing. How about some horse facts for kids first?
Horse Facts for Kids
• Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
• Horses can run shortly after birth.
• Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
• A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.
• Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
• Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.
• Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
• Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
• Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
• Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).
• The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).
• Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
• Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.
• A male horse is called a stallion.
• A female horse is called a mare.
• A young male horse is called a colt.
• A young female horse is called a filly.
• Ponies are small horses.
Did you know . . . ?
All Thoroughbred racehorses no matter when they foal share the same birthday, January 1st, in the Northern Hemisphere, and August 1st, in the Southern Hemisphere. In the first year of their lives they are referred to as yearlings.
Here is a cool video for children of all ages. I learned some things I’d never heard, and I’ve around horses since I was a wee lassie. Turn the sound down before you hit play. It can be kinda loud.
Next up . . . .
Reading with Rescues
The featured image I chose for this post is from the Polk Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida. I wanted so much to tell you about them.
The Hope Equine Rescue is where neglected, abused and simply unwanted horses, ponies, miniature horses and even donkeys are taken into care and rehabilitated, The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida tell us, plus something very special they do there, called Reading with Rescues:
Mary Shields is a saddle fitter by trade, working with show horses and riders, but runs the center’s Reading with Rescues program.
“It teaches the kids multiple things,” Shields said, the sun starting to dip low on the horizon and painting the barns in a golden light. “They learn how to speak in front of a crowd because horses don’t judge if they misspeak or mispronounce a word — they don’t laugh. Moms and dads will come and read with them. It fosters a love of reading for the kids.”
Shields said that last year, one boy had to read the entire U.S. Constitution, so he brought out a copy and read it to one of the rescues.
“Our horses are very educated,” she laughed.
Isn’t that the coolest? Be back with you soon. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. — Patsy♥