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What is a horse?
Description of a horse
A horse is a solid-footed plant-eating dometicated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used to carry and pull loads.
How many breeds are there?
There are over 350 breeds of ponies and horses in the world today which fall into four major groups.
The four major horse categories are:
1.) Light Horses - Horses with small bones and thin legs which weigh less than 1300 pounds. Some examples are: Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Morgans, Arabians, Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walkers.
2.) Heavy Horses – Draft or large horses weighing up to 2000 pounds. They are strong with large bones and sturdy legs. Some examples are: Percherons, Clydesdale, Shire, Belgian and Suffolk horses.
3.) Ponies – Ponies are not usually larger than 58 inches tall ( 14.2 hands and under) which makes them smaller than a horse. Some examples are: Shetland, Haflinger, Caspian, Fell, Fjord and Chincoteague ponies.
4.) Feral Horses – Horses which are wild or semi-wild. A mustang is an example of a feral horse.