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- Horses are equids, an animal group that includes zebras and asses.
- Horses are divided into 3 classifications: ponies (for example, Shetland), light horses (Arabian) and heavy horses (Clydesdale).
- Horses have special names based on their age and sex:
Horses have keen senses. They have excellent eyesight, and their smell and hearing are superior to a human's.
are social animals. They form strong associations with members of their
herd and possess a keen ability to recognize subtle social cues.
Horses can run very fast. A Thoroughbred or Quarter horse racing at a full gallop can reach 40 miles per hour.
Horses are herbivores that thrive in grasslands.
Wild horses in the United States are free-living descendants of domestic horses that escaped or were turned loose.
Horses have a lifespan of about 30 years.
- Newborn: foal.
- Six months old: weanling.
- Less than 2 years: yearling.
- Female under 5 years: filly.
- Female at 5 or older: mare.
- Male under 5 years: colt.
- Male at 5 or older: stallion.
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