Horses are beautiful creatures to look at, and thousands of fanatics enjoy riding them or showing them every year.
Here are some important (and some very interesting!) facts you might like to know about horses.
A male horse is called a stallion and a female horse is a mare. A male horse which has been castrated is known as a gelding.
Young horses have different names – a young male is called a colt and the young females are fillies.
Baby horses can walk and run after just a few hours of being born.
In total, there are 205 bones in the skeleton of a horse.
Horses which have been tamed usually live to be around 25 years old. However, the oldest domestic horse on record was Old Billy, who died at the age of 62.
When a horse is seen standing up, don’t assume it’s awake! These creatures can sleep either standing up or lying down.
A group of horses will not go to sleep at the same time – at least one of them will stay awake to look out for the others.
Horses are often seen in photographs ‘laughing’ or ‘smiling’, but this movement is actually to help them smell better.
They only eat plants, making them herbivores.
For a regular horse, their top speed is approximately 27 miles per hour, although the fastest horse ever recorded could reach 55 miles per hour!
There are an estimated 60 million horses in the world, combining wild and domesticated horses.
The eyes of a horse are bigger than those of any other land mammal, and the fact they are located on the side of their heads means they can see almost 360 degrees.
Experts used to believe that horses were completely colour-blind, although this has now been disproven. They can, however, see certain colours a lot clearer than others.
A horse has huge teeth! The space occupied by the teeth is greater than that occupied by the brain.
Its brain only weighs around 22 ounces, making it just half the weight of a human brain.
Like humans, horses have different facial expressions to express their moods.
Unlike many other mammals, it is impossible for horses to vomit.
There are more than 300 different horse breeds in the world.
Rather than being measured in feet and inches, horses are measured in hands. A hand is equivalent to four inches. Ponies are horses which are under 14.2 hands high.
Sampson was a Shire horse and the tallest on record. He stood at a staggering 21.2 hands high.
By contrast, the smallest horse ever was a tiny 14-inch pony from New Hampshire. His name was Einstein.
Horses are big fans of water, and will drink a minimum of 25 gallons every single day. In warmer countries, this amount is even higher.
While zebras and horses are often considered to be totally different animals, they can breed with each other to create ‘zebroids’. Zebras will also mate with donkeys and produce ‘zonkeys’.
In 2003, a horse was cloned for the first time. The cloning took place in Italy.
If you feel behind the ears of a horse and they appear to be cold, this means that the horse itself is feeling cold.
Horses have been used in the police force since the 17th century, and although they became less popular with the introduction of the automobile in the early 20th century, hundreds of horses are still used by the police today.
The Arab is thought to be the oldest surviving breed of horse. Experts believe they first appeared about 4,500 years ago.
In certain countries, including France, horse meat is considered an expensive delicacy. Although it is illegal in several other countries, the French enjoy eating horse heart and horse brains.
What our customers are saying
Here's what some of our customers say about our products
Horse and Dairy.
Thank you Castlereagh for your Horse and Dairy. It has kept my 25yr old Appaloosa stallion Zippos Masterpiece fat and health.
We purchased an Off The Track Thoroughbred in very light condition and now our daughter is showjumping him
We have had him on ProShow since he arrived he is now in perfect condition with a lot of muscle. I have also noticed his behaviour has remained cool and calm throughout the process of fattening and muscling him up, which was also really important to us as his rider is only 13 years old. We highly recommend ProShow!
Shannon and Rochelle Noll
Keeping weight on my horses
I came in to see Kristan about trying to keep weight on my horses and i didnt realise i needed a total overhaul!! Now, with all of her recommended changes, my horses are holding condition much better, have a healthy shine on their coats, even throughout last winter. Thank you for your advice!
"Gee, your horses always look good"
How nice to receive another compliment about the four horses we took to the campdraft on the weekend, supplimenting their paddock feed with Shinemore mixed feed to obtain healthy coats and condition. Castlereagh equine feeds are great value for a superb product for horses wanting to look their best.
I’ve been trying to fatten an aged TB with no teeth for the past year. Tried various feeds. Went back to the Horse and Dairy and he’s picked right up. Looking good!
The K Ranch horses have been on CF Pro Show Pellet for over a year
“The K Ranch Quarter Horses are bred and trained predominately for roping and western disciplines; they need to have strength, stamina and be relaxed but ready to go at a moment’s notice. Their nutrition and health is something we take very seriously. When looking for the perfect feed it needed to provide the K Ranch horses with all the nutritional support to ensure they are in peak condition, perform at their best and recover quickly.
The K Ranch horses have been on Castlereagh Feed Pro Show Pellet for over a year, we quickly noticed improvement in how the horses looked; their coats were shiny, their hooves strong, they were bright in the eye and overall looked a million bucks. Even more importantly they had improved energy and stamina but remained calm and became more trainable resulting in improved performance and results in the pen.
Over the years we have tried many feeds and products and none have ever delivered results like Pro Show. As a pellet, we have found it extremely easy to feed and palatable and are reassured the horses nutritional needs are being met as it contains a premium vitamin and mineral mix.”
K Ranch Quarter Horses
We intend to keep using your product for show prep in the future
Hello, my name is Paul Cooper from Oscarville clydesdale stud in Werombi, thought you might like some feedback on one of your products (show horse and pony).
We have prepared all of our show horses on your product this season and are more than happy with the results, the horses gained condition very quickly and are a picture of health as you can see from the attached photo of our 2yo colt Oscarville Pegasus.
We intend to keep using your product for show prep in the future.
Thank you for a great product
Just want to say how happy I am with the ConditionMore feed! We’ve been trying different feeds over the last 3 years of the drought and I happened to pick up a bag at our local ag n vet when they started stocking it 6-12 months ago.
Won’t go back the horses love it and are doing well considering the conditions it’s not super expensive like some and don’t have to feed a huge amount for results! Congratulations on a quality and economical feed. We’ve been feeding everything from broodmares and foals to Polocrosse horses and they never missed a beat. Thank you for a great product.