Fact - The world's horse population is estimated at 75,000,000.
Fact - China not only has the most people in the world, but also has the most Horses with 10,000,000
Fact - There are over 350 different breeds of horses and ponies.
Fact - The Horse belongs to the Equus family. Equus comes from the ancient Greek word meaning "QUICKNESS"
Fact - One of the first horses was called a Hyracotherium. It lived about 50 million years ago and was as tall as a fox. It had toes! This horse changed over millions of years to become a modern horse.
Fact - The Pliohippus was the first ancestor of the horse to have hoofs.
Fact - The average lifespan for a horse is around 20 - 25 years, though they can live up to 30 years.
Fact - The OLDEST horse recorded to date is - "Old Billy", an English Barge horse born in 1760 who lived to the age of 62 years old.
Fact - The OLDEST pony in history was 54 years old when he died in France.
Fact - The OLDEST horse ever to give birth was a 42 year old Australian brood mare.
Fact - The SMALLEST breed is the Falebella of Argentina. The tallest of the breed stands about 74 cm (30 inches) at the shoulder.
Fact - The SMALLEST pony in history was a stallion named "Little Pumpkin."
He stood 14 inches and weighed only 20 lbs..!
Fact - The World's Largest Horse ever recorded was a Shire gelding named Samson,
bred by Thomas Cleaver of Toddington Mills, England. Foaled in 1846, this horse measured 21.2 1/2 hand high (7 ft. 2 inches) in 1850, and weighed 3,360 pounds. Samson is also recorded as the "HEAVIEST" horse weighing 1524 kg (3360 lbs.)
Fact - The world speed record for a horse is 43.2 mph, it was set by a four year old race horse named Big Racket.
Fact - World Record "LOG PULLING" was set in 1893. Two Clydesdale Stallions hauled a sledge stacked with timber weighing 128 tonnes.
Fact - The longest tail measured was 22 ft. long was grown by an American Palomino named Chinook.
Fact - The longest horse mane was 18 ft. long and grown by a Californian mare named Maude.
Fact - In the wild horse world, the mare decides when and where the herd will go while the stallion follows.
Fact - The fastest Pony Express ride was 7 days, 17 hours and was carrying Lincoln's inaugural address.
Fact - One horsepower (cars)= 746 watts; one metric horsepower= 736 watts.
Fact - HIPPO PHOBIA or EQUINOPHOBIA - Is the fear of horses.
Fact - If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Fact - The AQHA was founded in 1940.
Fact - The American Saddle Horse Breeders Association was formed in 1891.
Fact - Shetland ponies were first imported into the U.S. in 1885.