Friday, April 24, 2015

The Horse

A group of Clydesdale horses I encountered in Idaho a few years ago.
Ever since I came to Oregon, I fell in love with horses, especially through visiting families who own horses. I learned a lot about equine biology, breeding and everything related to the care of horses. A beautiful, elegant animal indeed, I also learned about different breeds and categories of horses....as well as the description of various stages in the life of horses.
A newborn horse named Julian, unfortunately becoming a gelding to my disappointment.
The following terminology is used to describe horses of various ages:
  • Colt: a male horse under the age of four.
  • Filly: a female horse under the age of four.
  • Foal: a horse of either sex less than one year old. A nursing foal is sometimes called a suckling and a foal that has been weaned is called a weanling. Most domesticated foals are weaned at five to seven months of age, although foals can be weaned at four months with no adverse physical effects.
  • Gelding: a castrated male horse of any age.
  • Mare: a female horse four years old and older.
  • Stallion: a non-castrated male horse four years old and older. The term "horse" is sometimes used colloquially to refer specifically to a stallion.
  • Yearling: a horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.
    The Magnificent 7 - Clark quarter horses from Mount Vernon

1 comment:

  1. ... and Julian is still with us, happy in his pasture :)

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