A filly horse is a young female horse under 4 years old. Once a filly turns 4, she becomes known as a mare, even though fillies generally reach sexual maturity by 2 years of age.Continue Reading
Although fillies are sexually mature at age 2, they aren't bred until they become mares because they're still growing. A mare can breed once a year for several years. A horse used primarily for this purpose is called a broodmare. Once she gives birth to a foal, which is a baby horse, she nurses it for up to six months. A mare who is used for riding is also not bred regularly. In some rare cases a mare is fixed, becoming a spayed mare.
A colt is a young male horse under 4 years old. Once he comes of age, he is called a stallion. Stallions are often castrated for any of several reasons; two of the most common are that the stallion is unmanageable due to its testosterone levels and that it doesn't have desirable traits to pass on to young. Once castrated, a male horse becomes known as a gelding. On rare occasions a castration isn't complete, and the horse becomes a rigg. A rigg has some stallion character traits and in some cases is still fertile.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
The average horse weighs 1,100 pounds. There are 400 breeds of horses, and their weights vary from 120 to 2,200 pounds, according to National Geographic. Weight is a good indicator of horse health and should be checked often to make sure the horse is not gaining or losing pounds.Full Answer >
A dapple grey horse has intermediate greying of its coat, with patches of grey hairs mixed with the original color. The dapple grey stage of greying generally occurs between four and 12 years old.Full Answer >
To groom a horse, clean its coat, comb the mane and tail, clean the hooves, and wipe the horse with a towel. You need are a rubber curry comb, a dandy brush, a body brush, a comb, a towel and a hoof pick.Full Answer >
Before you adopt a rescued horse, you have to self-evaluate yourself first and consider crucial questions. You also have to consider where the horse is coming from.Full Answer >