Introduction: Horse is a very powerful animal. They have proved to be a good companion and friend of man. It is so graceful, so useful, so swift, so energetic and so devoted to its master.
The history of domestication of horses is as old as 5000 years. In history, great heroes are inseparable from their favorite horses. Thus, we have Alexander and his Bucephalus, and Rana Pratap and his Chaitak.
Scientific Name: The scientific name of horse is Equus caballus.
Life expectancy: The horse attains adulthood at around the age of 5. The average life expectancy of a horse is in between 25 to 30 years.
Description of body: From its head to the tips of its hairy tail, the body of the horse is symmetrical. It’s glossy skin is usually white or black or maroon in color. The flowing mane on its long neck is especially attractive.
Qualities: The horse can run very fast, turn quickly in any way, and easily jump over small streams and fords, and a wall five feet high. They are very faithful to their master. Gone are the heroic days when horses played a major role during warfare. But even now cavalry regiments are found.
The power of an automobile engine and an electrically operated motor is measured in terms of horse power. Its hoofs, especially when they are shod with iron, make an unmistakable rhythmic noise as it gallops on.
They can sleep both while standing and lying down. The sleep several times at intervals during the day.
Food: The simple food of the horse consists of things like grass, hay, gram, and oats.
Uses: They were an important Means of transportation before the advent of cycles, and motor vehicles. Even today, people use horses to carry goods from one place to another.
They are used by farmers in ploughing the field. Occasionally, the army and the police are seen riding on horses.
Benefits of Horse riding: Horse-riding is a healthy exercise. Horse-racing is at the same time a unique form of entertainment, a sport, and a gamble of the largest scale. The understanding between a horse and his jockey is truly remarkable.
Conclusion: Horses are a social being. The horse is loved and looked upon by men of all countries all over the world.