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a hoofed, herbivorous mammal of the family Equidae. It comprises a single species, Equus caballus, whose numerous varieties are called breeds. Before the advent of mechanized vehicles, the horse was widely used as a draft animal and riding on horseback was one of the chief means of transportation.
gymnastics apparatus, a leather-covered form 1.6 metres (63 inches) long, 34 to 36 cm (13.4 to 14.2 inches) wide, and (measured to its top) about 115 cm (45.3 inches) from the floor with a support in its centre. Curved wooden pommels (handholds) 12 cm (4.7 inches) high are inserted 40 to 45 cm (15.75 to 17.72 inches) apart in the top of the horse.
exhibition of horses and horsemanship, derived from the medieval tournaments and agricultural fairs of Europe. Horse shows range from small, informal affairs to elaborate week-long displays. Horses may be classed and judged by breed, by function (as hunting, jumping, polo, riding, or harness), or by such qualifications of horse or rider as age or number of ribbons ...
light saddle horse trained to cut (isolate) livestock, especially cattle, from herds. Most are quarter horses, with the intelligence, speed, and ability to make quick starts, stops, and turns. A well-disposed and trained cutting horse can manoeuvre an animal away from a herd and into a corner with little direction from a rider, or, in some contests, without a rider.
huge, hollow wooden horse constructed by the Greeks to gain entrance into Troy during the Trojan War. The horse was built by Epeius, master carpenter and pugilist. The Greeks, pretending to desert the war, sailed to the nearby island of Tenedos, leaving behind Sinon, who persuaded the Trojans that the horse was an offering to Athena that would make Troy impregnable. ...
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|Of all the animals, the horse has probably most closely shared in human adventures and has been most intimately allied with human progress. For thousands of years, the horse has participated in the pleasures, the dangers, and the hard work that have marked human life. Perhaps because of this long relationship, the horse holds a special place in humankind's affection.|
|Nothing more unlike a fish could be imagined than the sea horse. In fact it looks much like the knight in a chess game. The sea horse has a head and neck shaped like a horse, and it swims in an upright position. The body is encased in bony, ringlike plates studded with spines. The long tail curls forward at the tip. Like a monkey's tail, the sea horse's tail can grasp ...
|breed of horse native to northeastern Tibet for more than 14 centuries but not known in the West until the late 20th century. Because natives selectively bred this horse in isolation for so many centuries, it is believed that this breed has no Turkish, Arabian, or Mongolian blood in it, as many other horse breeds of today do. The nomads of Tibet use this breed, which ...
| The sport of kings, as horse racing is often called, is one of the oldest and most universal spectator sports. It is called the sport of kings because the ownership of horses was traditionally limited to the wealthiest members of societyroyalty and nobility. Modern racing was established in England by King Charles II, who was an ardent patron of the sport throughout his ...
| (also called Iron Shield) (1801?76), Sioux leader during the Sioux Wars. American Horse was a cousin of the Oglala Sioux chief Red Cloud. He joined Red Cloud in the War for the Bozeman Trail in the 1860s. He did not settle at the Red Cloud Agency in Nebraska, but accompanied Red Cloud to Washington, D.C., in 1870. The Sioux were victorious against the white settlers at ...
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Alphabetic resource on the breeds of horses and characteristics of each of them.
"Directory of links to equine resources. Includes information for horse breeders, pet owners, and veterinarians. "
Directory of links to information on horses. Covers organizations, publications, research facilities, companies, and breeders.
Comprehensive educational resource on the evolution of this herbivorous mammal and the importance of the study of their fossils. Covers in-depth the entire horse family tree and fossil sequence beginning from the Eocene to the recent equines.
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Information on adoption of horses. Provides the photos of the horses, a FAQ, and a facility for online bidding.
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|>||Horse Breeds: The Quarter Horse(1:10)|
Learn about the origins and characteristics of the Quarter Horse the 'most popular horse in the world.'
|>||Horses: Man and Horse( 00:48)|
The relationship between horses and mankind has evolved significantly over time.
|>||Horse Breeds: National Show Horse(1:04)|
Learn about the history and characteristics of the National Show Horse.
|>||Horse Breeds: The Rocky Mountain Horse(1:22)|
Learn about the origins and characteristics of the Rocky Mountain Horse and the requirements for registration with the Rocky Mountain Horse Association.
|>||Horse Breeds: Tennessee Walking Horse(1:07)|
Learn about the origins and characteristics of the graceful Tennessee Walking Horse.
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