Horses - Fact or Fiction

By Retired breeder, 7th December 2016 16:22:25
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Horse information. Is it fact or fiction?

Fact or fiction?: Because horse's eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time!

What are some tidbits about horses you can share? Are they fact or fiction?
 
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Fact: Samson was 21.2 1/5 hands high. The current largest horse, Bug Jake, is a bit over 20 hands default smiley :)

Fact or Fiction: Horses love to eat Ragwort!
TopazFox
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Fiction? Highly toxic to horses, but that doesn't necessarily mean they won't eat it default smiley xd

Fact or Fiction: Strangles is not a deadly disease.
WhiteStagRanch
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Fiction!!!! Strangles is very contagious and can be fatal

FoF- All horses must have shoes
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Fiction: Domestic horses do not always require shoes. When possible, a "barefoot" hoof, at least for part of every year, is a healthy option for most horses.

FoF: The oldest horse is supposed to have lived for 62 years?
WorldofHorsecraft
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Fact-ish. They could never prove exactly how old Billy was, so he could have been older!

FoF: anemia can be a symptom of ulcers in horses!
GinOnJazz
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Fact! Anemia can be a symptom of ulcers, especially severe ones.

Fact or fiction: Some horses are genetically predisposed to cribbing.
EmeraldHillsFarm
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I'm not sure, but I feel like that might be fact? I feel like typically, a high stress horse might be more predisposed to cribbing, so I suppose if the dam is high stress, then that aspect could get passed on.

Fact or Fiction: Tie-up can be caused by selenium deficiency.
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WhiteStagRanch wrote:

Fact or Fiction: Tie-up can be caused by selenium deficiency.


True!

Fact or Fiction: Switching a horse's hay suddenly increases their colic by up to ten times.
Event Horizon
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*risk of colic, I'm sorry
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Fact! The quality or roughage of different hay can "shock" the digestive system and it usually needs time to adapt to the new hay incrementally. Can also apply to grains or pasture grass too.

Fact or Fiction: Western dressage has all different movements from traditional English dressage.
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Factish?. Some of the moves such as flying changes are included in western dressage.

FoF: Phar Lap's body was preserved and can be now found at Victoria Museum?
WorldofHorsecraft
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Sorry, I tried to make it clear by saying "all," it's supposed to be fiction as Western dressage does not have different movements for the vast majority, but they do have a couple extra, hence the "all" which makes the statement for sure incorrect. Poor wording on my part! default smiley :)

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WorldofHorsecraft wrote:

FoF: Phar Lap's body was preserved and can be now found at Victoria Museum?
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Fact! Phar Lap’s body is on display.

fact or fiction: Horses burp when they are scared
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Chips wrote:

Fact! Phar Lap’s body is on display.

fact or fiction: Horses burp when they are scared


I looked up the Phar Lap one and was... well not freaked out, but having never seen a full horse taxidermied before, I was a bit surprised...

In terms of horses burping - false. They cannot burp or throw up because their cardiac sphincter only moves one way.

Fact or fiction - another name for White Line Disease is "seedy toe".
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True!
Event Horizon wrote:

looked up the Phar Lap one and was... well not freaked out, but having never seen a full horse taxidermied before, I was a bit surprised...
You're gonna like my next one then... default smiley xd

Fact or Fiction: Roy Rogers' famous horse Trigger was taxidermied and used to be on display in a museum, but is now owned by a TV entertainment company.
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Fact!
To go with it:
FoF- there were multiple "Trigger"s through the years, with the second one being a registered Tennessee Walking Horse!
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Fact or fiction
Horses can eat White and Red Clover!




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tnwalker423
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Fiction- red clover can cause a myriad of health concerns!

FoF- Stalled horses are more likely to colic than horses in turnout
GinOnJazz
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GinOnJazz wrote:

FoF- there were multiple "Trigger"s through the years, with the second one being a registered Tennessee Walking Horse!


This never got answered so I will. True, there were multiple Triggers! But none of them was TWH - the original Trigger was often mistaken for one but he was a TB cross.

GinOnJazz wrote:

Stalled horses are more likely to colic than horses in turnout


True! Not sure if it's scientifically proven (likely is), but it's very commonly observed. To go with the theme:

FOF - horses need about 25-35 grams of salt per day.
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Event Horizon wrote:

True, there were multiple Triggers! But none of them was TWH
The second one was indeed a TWH, his registered name was Allen's Gold Zephyr if you wanna look him up! He's still on allbreedpedigree I just checked haha
Event Horizon wrote:

FOF - horses need about 25-35 grams of salt per day.
Fact? I'm fairly sure that's the consensus for a horse that's only doing moderate work.

Fact or Fiction: Laminitis and thrush are two words for the same kind of hoof condition.
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FoxyDancer wrote:

The second one was indeed a TWH

Darn, this is why we can't believe everything we read on Wikipedia...
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bumping so it doesn't get deleted!
GinOnJazz
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Truth? :P



True or False: horses will eat ice cream.
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p2g wrote:

Truth? :P



True or False: horses will eat ice cream.


False, laminitis and thrush are not the same thing. Both are caused by a bacterial infection, but in different parts of the hoof. And laminitis a very, very significant cause for concern that should be seen by a vet straight away.

In regards to whether horses will eat ice cream - probably depends on the horse. But they are lactose intolerant as adults (as are most mammals) so probably not a wise idea.

Fact or fiction: Biotin is used to help make bones stronger.
Event Horizon
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False,

Biotin is essential in horses for many reasons:

1. Energy and Protein Synthesis-- basically helping to maintain the level of energy needed, along with helping to produce protein.

2. Also used in Fatty Acid Synthesis (which can be used for another form of energy in the horse)

3. Appearance: When a horse is growing, or maintaining, they are constantly using protein, which must be restored! The hoof, coat, tail and mane all require protein to maintain a healthy appearance and function. Biotin is a great source to help maintain the health of hoof, coat, mane and tail!


I am studying Equine Sciences at the moment, and this was a great review of some awesome equine nutrition topics! I am focused more on equine breeding-- if you have any questions please feel free to ask! I love to share any information I have on such an amazing part of the industry!


Fact or Fiction: The estrus cycle of a horse is 21 days.
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