How Much Do You Really Know About Horses?

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Horses used to be pretty much essential to a functioning society. Getting from A to B with any sort of speed, carrying any significant amount of freight, or simply lording it over the peasants was pretty much impossible without a horse. Horses were friends, workers, status symbols and assets. A good stable was a key part of any working farm or estate. In cities, as late as 1910, there were emergency meetings about what to do about all the horse dung that was clogging up the streets and would inevitably destroy the city entirely in another generation due to growth in the horse population. However, once cars came of age, it only took 15 years for them to almost entirely displace horses on our roads. Now horses are almost entirely used for recreation, outside of a few landscapes where they still work. They are amenities and companions instead of industrial cogs.

While everyone loves horses - at a distance if not up close - not everyone truly knows them. Knowing all about how to care for a horse is one thing, but knowing how horses got here and how they grow and function is the sign of a true horse lover. Are you one? Let's find out!

What is the smallest horse breed, on average?

What is the collective noun for horses?

When were horses first domesticated?

What is a baby horse called?

What is the fastest horse breed?

What is special about Arab horses?

What is the biggest breed, on average?

What is colic?

What other animal is most closely related to horses?

What is dressage?

Why do horses wear shoes?

What does it mean when a horse is spavined?

What does it mean when a horse is "piebald"?

What is special about a quarter horse?

What is a frog, as relevant to horses?

Where is the withers?

What does it mean when a tail is docked?

What distinguishes a pony from a horse?

How many teeth do horses have?

What are fetlocks?

What are hocks?

What is a horse walker?

Horses have four gaits. One of them is trotting. Which of the below is NOT one of the other three?

What does it mean to have "four in hand"?

What is a flying change?

What is collected trot?

Which of these is NOT a type of white face marking on a horse?

What color is a bright bay?

What important Chinese equestrian invention came to Europe in the Middle Ages?

What is the difference between bucking and rearing?

What is shying?

What are the Lipizzaner horses famous for?

What's the process by which a horse can thicken its coat in the winter by up to 30%?

Can horses sleep standing up?

What is a horse's hoof made of?

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