Fun Horse Facts for Kids

Polk Reading with Rescues Program at at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

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.

Source: More about ponies at

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.

From the Reading with Rescues Program at Hope Equine Rescue in Winter Haven, Florida.

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Isn’t that the coolest? Be back with you soon. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. — Patsy

Panama City Beach “Big Lick” horse show manager threatens advocate telling him “You are a dead man.”

"Big Lick" protesters at Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach, Florida in 2016. Source:

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Panama City “Big Lick” Horse Show Manager Mr. Todd Fisher assaulted a CCABLAC (Citizens Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty) equine welfare advocate Clant M. Seay at the Frank Brown Park by telling him “You are a dead man”. Watch it here.

Mr. Seay is an animal welfare advocate with CCABLAC and publisher of the website.

A month ago, CCABLAC presented over 100,000 signature Petition to the White House in Washington, D.C., asking President Donald J. Trump to approve a Federal Regulation which would remove the “Pads and Chains” and abolish “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.

Clant Seay and CCABLAC advocates in Washington, D.C. March 29, 2017.
Clant Seay and CCABLAC advocates in Washington, D.C. March 29, 2017.

Prior to Mr. Seay being assaulted by Mr. Todd Fisher, Mr. Seay was confronted by Horse Show organizer Ms. Martha Blackmon Milligan, a politically connected Bay County, Florida attorney whose Law Office is located in Panama City, Florida.

Mr. Fisher has a history of violence with road rage allegations against him in Bay County, Florida, and a Warrant was issued for his arrest in Hinds County, Mississippi  for attempting to assault Mr. Seay for videoing a “Big Lick” Horse Show in 2015.

• Read more at source »  • View video »

What is horse soring?

Horse soring is a painful practice used to accentuate a horse’s gait to win big prizes, such as Tennessee Walking Horse competitions. This is accomplished by irritating the hooves and forelegs through the injection or application of chemical or mechanical irritants. Learn more at The Horse Fund »


Also from Clant Seay and CCABLAC:

Watch 2016 “Big Lick” World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse ‘Honors’ attempt to “canter”. Merriam Webster defines a “Canter” as “a 3-beat gait resembling but smoother and slower than the gallop.” What you are seeing here from ‘Honors’ is anything but smooth. Some might have the opinion that it looks “painful and ugly”. Please note the severity of the bit shanks, the size of the platform stack shoes and the chain on the front feet. — Clant Seay

Please support H.R. 1847, the PAST Act. Call or go online today. Learn more and act now »

“Big Lick” protesters at Frank Brown Park, Panama City Beach, Florida, last year, 2016. Source:

Missing Sarasota County horses found

Cross-posted from The Herald Tribune


FLORIDA — There were no more tears out on the pasture. Only the sounds of happy neighing. Three horses reported missing from a pasture in the 600 block of Dog Kennel Road in eastern Sarasota County earlier this week were located alive and well Saturday morning near the same pasture.

The horses — Shooter, a gray quarter horse; Velvet, a dark grulla paint quarter horse mare; and Spider, a red roan Appaloosa — were reported missing Sunday. Their owner, Michelle Gaster, said she believes the horses were returned because of the highly publicized nature of the case. Also, she added, the horses have very distinct coats, making them easy to identify, which may have scared the thieves into returning them.

“Just because I got my horses back doesn’t mean anybody should let their guard down,” Gaster said.

Gaster is still offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Before the horses were returned Gaster had offered a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the horses and the Sarasota County Agricultural Crimes Unit was investigating the incident.

A white pickup truck with dual-rear wheels pulling a red stock trailer was spotted in the area at the time the horses were taken. Continue reading »

Future of horse slaughter in Oklahoma uncertain; grisly find in Florida


Horse walks death row to slaughter. Humane Farm Association photograph.
Horse walks death row to slaughter. Humane Farm Association photo.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.

“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”

Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil told the Tulsa World ( ) that he’s no longer pursuing the permit.

Horse slaughter plants are planned in New Mexico, Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. Read more >>


L to R: Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. Skye McNiel - Oklahoma politicians responsible for paving the way to bring horse slaughter to their State and returning it to US soil. Compilation of Google images.
L to R: Gov. Mary Fallin, Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. Skye McNiel – Oklahoma politicians responsible for paving the way to bring horse slaughter to their State and returning it to US soil. Compilation of Google images.

— About the Lawmakers

Remember these names when it comes time to vote Oklahoma.

Gov. Mary Fallin
Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow
Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona

Does not matter why they passed a law to legalize horse slaughter in Oklahoma or whether or not they are involved after the fact or promoting it now they have “done their job”.

These politicians care not a wit about bringing all the sordid problems that go with horse slaughter to their community. Their view of horses as a disposable commodity is deadly — that horses are good for a buck in their killing for meat.

Notwithstanding that, horses are not traditional food animals and are given a laundry list of drugs that make their meat potentially carcinogenic to humans. Condoning the production and supply of toxic horse meat is highly irresponsible no matter how you cut it.

When you see those expensive election campaign ads for politicians such as the ones above, you can reasonably wonder if it is blood money from horse slaughter that helped pay for them.

— About Farm Bureaus

And what about the Farm Bureaus, who always seem to play a prominent role in working to keep horse slaughter alive? They have to know about the dangerous drugs given to horses which prohibit them from entering the human food chain.

Oh, wait. I wonder if it is because they know what sorts of things that go into the animals they breed, raise and kill for food, and simply don’t see any difference. That’s something to chew on, isn’t it?

From The Miami Herald

The butchered remains of a horse were found in a driveway on Northwest 163rd Street early Wednesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.

“The slaughter of horses in our community continues unabated,” said Laurie Waggoner, director of operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organization provides rescue and refuge for abused and neglected horses. “The only difference in this case, is the remains were disposed of in an extremely public area.”

A passerby called police at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday reporting a “dead carcass” at 5295 NW 163rd St.

The horse was slaughtered while still alive, said SPCA President Jeanette Jordan.

Close-up photos show the horse’s severed head and other body parts lying on pavement.

“My greatest hope is that the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Jordan said.

Illegal horse slaughter for meat is common in certain parts of Miami-Dade County, though it’s against the law to sell such meat for human consumption.

Police said they had no leads in the case. Read more >>