Lifespan of a Horse

Lifespan of a Horse

76Horses are one of the most regal animals to walk this earth. With their glossy coats and fine manes, they have the best looking body structure and yet appear to be uncharacteristically gentle in their disposition. Even in the wild, horses appear to have a calm and peaceful air about them. But how long does this last? How long does an average horse live? What is the lifespan of a horse? What does it depend on? These are the questions that will be dealt with, in this Buzzle article.

What is the Average Lifespan of a Horse

Horses come in different breeds and live in different areas. Hence, the life expectancy of a horse is quite understandably dependent on various factors. While many studies conducted have reached a conclusion that an average horse’s lifespan is approximately around 30 years, there are some horses that have lived more than that. There are also cases in which a horse has lived much lesser than its average life expectancy level. Given below are some important factors that play a role in the determination of a horse’s life span.

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How Much Do Horses Cost?

How Much Do Horses Cost?
75A shiny black or white horse with its smooth skin and long legs can surely garner a lot of attention and pride for its owner. Many people secretly cherish an ambition to own a horse, but shy away due to the very high cost involved in maintaining one. Besides, city folks may not be able to materialize their dream due to lack of space.

Factors to Consider when Owning a Horse

The cost to keep a horse for a lifetime can run into thousands of dollars. However, this cost is influenced by several factors. If you decide to invest in a racing horse belonging to a fine breed, then it can go even higher. Given below are some factors which decide the cost of a horse.

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How to Ride a Horse

How to Ride a Horse
74How glorious is the view you see on television of cowboys trotting away on horseback! You dream and long for yourself to be the same, do the same, and feel the same as them. Horse riding, once you learn it, is an exceptionally fun and addictive activity. This excerpt gives you a detailed description about the basics.

Mounting
Mount a horse only after you are sure that it has been properly saddled. Beginners need to be extra careful about this and should ask experienced riders or their coach for their expertise. Once you are absolutely sure:

Mount the horse on its left side, always.
Prior to mounting, stroke the horse’s neck gently, so that it is aware of your presence. This is important as it builds a connection and creates a rapport between you and the horse. Then grab the reins in your left hand.
While you are still standing on the left side of the horse, step onto the stirrup with the left foot. Direct all your body weight on the ball of your foot, and place it in the center of the stirrup.
Ensure that the stirrups are set at the right height from the ground. The stirrups should be at such a height that you should be able to rest your feet properly on them, with your feet bent slightly.
Once up on the horse, sit with your shoulders pulled back, your back up straight, and heels down. The balls of your feet should rest on the stirrups, with toes pointed forwards.
Hold the reins in your dominant hand, just a little ahead of the saddle over the horse’s neck.

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What do Horses Eat?

What do Horses Eat?
73Horses are grazing animals, and hence their diet consists of good quality hay and pasture. Horses are a member of the family Equidae, and they were first domesticated by humans in around 4000 BC. If you are considering to become a proud owner of this magnificent animal, then consider to acquire some basic knowledge about its diet.

Diet of a Horse

The amount of food that a horse requires depends mainly on its age, weight, overall health condition, and the level of physical activity. In general, a horse needs 2 to 2.2 pounds of feed for every 100 pounds of its body weight. Primarily, the diet of a horse should include hay and pasture. The digestive system of herbivores like horses is adapted to digest grass and other plant materials. Following are some foods that your horse would surely love to relish.

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Brief History of the Kentucky Derby

Brief History of the Kentucky Derby
72One of the major horse breeding centers in America is Kentucky. The Bluegrass Region in Kentucky was famous for breeding superior racehorses. In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., had traveled to England to visit the famous Epsom Derby. He was immensely impressed by the facilities and the way the race was conducted. While touring Europe, Clark also visited France and had an opportunity to witness the Grand Prix de Paris, in Paris.

Grand Prix de Paris and Epsom Derby were the greatest races held in Europe annually. On returning home, Col. Clark, along with a few horse breeders, organized a race in Louisville, Kentucky, to raise money to build a race club outside the city limits. A racetrack equal to the European standards was built and this club was known as Louisville Jockey club. The relatives of Clark, Henry Churchill, and John Churchill, granted the land for the racetrack. In 1937, this racetrack was renamed as “Churchill Downs”.

Through the Years

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