Horses - Fact or Fiction

By Retired breeder, 7th December 2016 16:22:25
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What are some tidbits about horses you can share? Are they fact or fiction?
 
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Fact. F or f: the fastest horse on record was a paint
horsecrazy15
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Fact? It does sound kind of weird, but who knows? I certainly don't default smiley xd!

Fact or Fiction: In general, English riders use a shorter rein length than Western riders.
bit of silver
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Horsecrazy15 wrote:

F or f: the fastest horse on record was a paint
It's fiction, but I can't say what the fact is without knowing what the distance measured was - Quarters are the fastest sprinters, Thoroughbreds are the fastest over longer distances, and Arabians tend to dominate in endurance.
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Fact or Fiction: In general, English riders use a shorter rein length than Western riders.
I'll say fact, I do think that English riders tend to have a closer contact with the bit when actively working than Western, but as you addressed with the "In general" there are still instances where English is supposed to be ridden on a loose rein and Western with a short one.

Fact or Fiction: A green ribbon in a horse's tail at the show means the horse tends to kick and you should stay away.
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Fiction! A green ribbon means the horse is literally green/inexperienced. A red ribbon is a kicker.

@ FoxyDancer
Yeah, I thought about adding more to the "in general", but I was afraid if I said anything else I would give away that it was fact default smiley xd.

Fact or Fiction: In some breeds, it is traditional not to cut the mane.
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Fact, in many of the "Baroque" breeds manes are left long and full, in particular with stallions.

Fact of Fiction: Horses can be given some over-the-counter human medications.
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In thinking fact. I have used human meds for goats before, I don't see why horses can't use them.


F or F: Sea bisket was known as the greatest race horse of all times. Once he won by 100 lengths!
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Fiction? I think personally that might be kind of a controversial subject (I usually hear Man O' War or Secretariat were the greatest), but I don't remember ever hearing about him winning by 100 lengths. I remember Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths or something, right? Oh well, I could be wrong....default smiley xd

Fact or Fiction: it's possible for a horse to have one blue eye and one brown eye
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Secretariat was statistically the greatest racehorse of all time. An argument could be made for Man O’ War, but I don’t think Seabiscuit ranks in the top 3.

Fact, horses can have one blue and one brown

Fact or Fiction: American Pharaoh was the first triple crown winner in 31 years when he won.
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Bit of Silver wrote:

Fiction? I think personally that might be kind of a controversial subject
It's also an opinion, and therefore not really in the spirit of this thread default smiley (lol) but you're right, Seabiscuit was a great racehorse of his time but Man O' War was the one who won by 100 lengths.
Bit of Silver wrote:

Fact or Fiction: it's possible for a horse to have one blue eye and one brown eye
Fact, it's called complete heterochromia.

Fact or Fiction: While you should not feed potatoes to your horse, sweet potatoes are okay.
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I just realized we both posted near the same time whoops sorry:
MistAndMagic wrote:

Fact or Fiction: American Pharaoh was the first triple crown winner in 31 years when he won.
Fiction, it was closer to roughly 40 years (not exactly but in the upper 30's thereabouts).


Fact or Fiction: While you should not feed potatoes to your horse, sweet potatoes are okay.
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I have no idea, but since sweet potatoes are very different then normal potatoes, I'm gonna guess fact. (lol, this has gone from horses to potatoes)

Fact or fiction: as long as it has the rest of the characteristics, ponies can be taller then 14.2hh
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Horsecrazy15 wrote:

I have no idea, but since sweet potatoes are very different then normal potatoes, I'm gonna guess fact. (lol, this has gone from horses to potatoes)
Good instinct! It's fact. Potatoes are in the semi-poisonous nightshade family (Solanaceae) but sweet potatoes are in a different family (I forget the taxonomical name but same one as morning glories). It's the same reason horses can't eat tomatoes, which are also nightshades.

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Fact or fiction: as long as it has the rest of the characteristics, ponies can be taller then 14.2hh
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Since Broken Heart didn't post another one....default smiley :)


Fact or Fiction: bearing reins are still in use today
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Bit of Silver wrote:

Fact or Fiction: bearing reins are still in use today


Fact! Although they are commonly known as overchecks, and are usually used in the driving disciplines, they are still in use today.

Fact or fiction: The first horse to have their genome fully sequenced was a quarter horse.
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Fiction! It was a thoroughbred mare named Twilight.

Fact or Fiction: Eventing is the only sport in the world where you're required to wear your medical information strapped to your arm.
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Hmmm, I'm not an eventer, but that makes sense to me....I'm gonna say fact. Fact or fiction: peanuts are a great reward for a horse
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Fiction, i wouldn't give a horse a peanut i would give it a carrot or a apple or a treat.
Fact or Fiction: the Thoroughbred is the Slowest horse
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Vivian Horsegirl wrote:

Fiction, i wouldn't give a horse a peanut i would give it a carrot or a apple or a treat.
Fact or Fiction: the Thoroughbred is the Slowest horse


Fiction. The thouroughbred is one of the main breeds used in horse racing due to their speed.

Fact or Fiction: Quarter horses were originally called Steeldust.
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Fiction? Maybe the founder of the qh was steeldust but I don't think that was ever the breed name
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Fact or fiction: the POA breed was a cross between a Shetland and a throughbred
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Fiction. Pretty sure they're Shetland-Appaloosa crosses!

Fact or Fiction: Grey horses can't stand being in the same paddock as bay horses. (PM me if you want answer default smiley ;)!)
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default smiley ;)Oh, thanks, silver. Your letting a bay horse down! default smiley (lol) totally fiction.

Fact or fiction. The word "pony" describes a horse under 14.2hh, even if they do not have any other pony characteristics
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Not sure what 14.2 is but if it's equal to149 cm than true.

Fact or fiction: shorter the horse's back, easier for the horse to perform in GP dressage
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puhryasny wrote:

Not sure what 14.2 is but if it's equal to149 cm than true.


She meant 14.2 hands high (hh). And I'd say since a hand is roughly 4 inches (about 11 centimeters, if my math was right default smiley xd), then yeah, I guess it would be about right.

Fiction? I always though short backs were good for jumping, not dressage. I don't exactly see how it would help in Grand Prix dressage (that's what GP stands for, right default smiley :s?). But I might be totally wrong! I ride dressage, but I'm not that advanced!

Fact or Fiction: You should always tie a horse up in a trailer, because you don't want the horse wandering around the trailer while you're driving default smiley xd.
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