Quote 4the day: To ride is to be be free, be one with your friend and to borrow their grace and beauty...
Thought 4the day: Snaffle is it jointed, loose ring, kimblewock, pelham i could go on! How many bits are there!!! Which one do you use and why? There are a few i do not like and hate using and won't use as its just the thought of them! Most here are snaffled mouthed in a full cheek jointed fulmer we do have a few in stronger bits unless you want to run away to france!!!! Its unbelieveable how many bits there are out there now!!!!!
Fact 4the day: Lifespan and life stages
Depending on breed, management and environment, the modern domestic horse has a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years. Uncommonly, a few animals live into their 40s and, occasionally, beyond. The oldest verifiable record was "Old Billy", a 19th-century horse that lived to the age of 62. In modern times, Sugar Puff, who had been listed in the Guinness Book of W...orld Records as the world's oldest living pony, died in 2007 at age 56.
Regardless of a horse or pony's actual birth date, for most competition purposes a year is added to its age each January 1 of each year in the Northern Hemisphere and each August 1 in the Southern Hemisphere. The exception is in endurance riding, where the minimum age to compete is based on the animal's actual calendar age.
The following terminology is used to describe horses of various ages:
**Foal: a horse of either sex less than one year old. A nursing foal is sometimes called a suckling and a foal that has been weaned is called a weanling. Most domesticated foals are weaned at five to seven months of age, although foals can be weaned at four months with no adverse physical effects.
**Yearling: a horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.
**Colt: a male horse under the age of four. A common terminology error is to call any young horse a "colt", when the term actually only refers to young male horses.
**Filly: a female horse under the age of four.
**Mare: a female horse four years old and older.
**Stallion: a non-castrated male horse four years old and older.The term "horse" is sometimes used colloquially to refer specifically to a stallion.
**Gelding: a castrated male horse of any age.
In horse racing, these definitions may differ: For example, in the British Isles, Thoroughbred horse racing defines colts and fillies as less than five years old. However, Australian Thoroughbred racing defines colts and fillies as less than four years old.