Horse: Horses measure 14.3 hands and taller (see hands above)

Fact : Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammals


Horse       Pony 

Horse Facts 

Foal: Baby horse (male or female)

Filly: Female horse under the age of 5 years.

Mare : Female horse over the age of 5 years.

Fact : A horses teeth take up more space in their head than their brain


Fact : Horses teeth grow throughout their lives


Gelding : Male horse that has been gelded and no longer has the ability to breed.

Colt : Male horse under the age of 5 years.

Horse Terms

Hands :

Horse height is measure in "hands" which equals 4 inches . The average Cowboys hand is 4 inches across the palm, so that is how they would measure their mount. The horse is measured from the ground to the point of its withers, the picture to the left illustrates where the horse is measured. For example a horse that is 15 hand is 60 inches or 5 feet at the withers.


Pony: Ponies measure 14.2 hands and shorter (see hands above)

Fact : Horses Gallop at an average of 35 - 40mph


Stallion /Stud: An intact male horse that is breeding or has the ability to breed.

Fact: Fastest recorded  galloping horse is 55 mph