I have a trivial mind. I can retain, trivia and usless information that makes me a wiz at trivial pursuit. I found a book recently that suits my trivial mind, Amazing Horse Facts and Trivia by Gary Mullen. I would like to share some of the facts and myth busters.
*A unit of horse power is the power needed to life 165 pounds to a height of 27 inches in one second. The average horse is generally capable of producing 10-13 units of horsepower.
*the Saddlebred horse is one of the most glamerous breeds, known to be firery spirited and proud. However they are also noted for their gentle nature and one of the kindest temprements of any horse. They are also considered one of the most intelligent breeds.
*Rain Rot is caused by mud that dries on the horse, clogging pores and damaging hair follicles which leave temporary bald spots. Good reason for brushing out the dried mud. However if your horse does get rain rot, Not so sweet itch gel is very effective for helping soothe the skin while promoting cell renewel and hair regrowth.
*Equinophobia is fear of horses
*One of the rarest horse colors is Grulla (pronounced Grew-ya) which is a spanish word referring to a slate gray crane. These horses often are called blue due to the smoky blue gray tinge to their coat.
Buck, the famous Buckskin ridden by Loren Green in the TV show Bonanza, was donated to Fran Joswick Therapeutic Riding Center in California. Buck lived a long life as a mount for children with disabilities and died at the age of 45.
Appaloosas are not considered a color breed, such as Palomino, but are instead regarded as a definite breed, with a color preference.