Horses

Our horses are called William, who is a gelding, and Rosie, who is a mare. During weekends and school holidays, they can often be found giving horse rides to visitors!

Horse facts:

  • An adult male is a stallion and an adult female is a mare. A castrated male is called a Gelding. A newborn is called a foal.
  • Horses were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago.
  • There are over half a million horses in the UK.
  • Horses are herbivores. This means that they only eat food that comes from plants.
  • A horse will eat approximately 7 times its own body weight of food in a year.
  • Horses can’t vomit!
  • Horses are measured in hands. A hand is 10cm or 4 inches.
  • A farrier is the name of a person who trims horses’ feet and puts their metal shoes on.
  • A mare is pregnant for 11 months.
  • The average life expectancy for a horse is 20 to 30 years, although the oldest horse on record lived to 62 years old.
  • All horses need to have passports and must never travel anywhere, e.g. to shows, without them.
  • Horses have monocular vision, which means that they can see separate views with each eye at the same time.
  • Horses have 175 bones in their body!
  • Horses can sleep standing up as they’re able to lock their kneecaps to prevent their legs from bending!