What is horse?

  • (noun): Solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times.
    Synonyms: Equus caballus
    See also — Additional definitions below

Horse

The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus, or the wild horse. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began to domesticate horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior.

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1st Troop Of Horse Guards
... The 1st (His Majesty's Own) Troop of Horse Guards was formed from King Charles II's exiled followers in the Netherlands (the Stuart monarchs had been overthrown during the English Civil War ... fought at Dettingen, along with four other troops of the Royal Horse Guards, and eventually absorbed the 3rd Troop of Horse Guards and the 1st Troop, Horse Grenadier Guards ...
Eclipse (disambiguation) - Sport
... Eclipse (horse), an 18th-century racehorse Eclipse Award, a horse racing award Eclipse Stakes, a horse race Louisville Eclipse, a professional baseball team Phoenix ...
Torero - Types - Picador
... The bull charges the horses in the ring and at the moment of contact the picador lances the bull in the large muscle at the back of the neck, and thus begins the work of lowering his head ... neck muscles do fatigue, however, as a result of the bull charging the picador's horse and trying to lift the horse with its horns ... To protect the horse from the bull’s horns, the horse is surrounded by a 'peto' – a mattress-like protection ...
Yorkshire Coach Horse
... The Yorkshire Coach Horse is an extinct horse breed once native to England ... It was a large, strong, bay or brown horse with dark legs, mane and tail ... It was said to be "a longer-legged carriage horse with unmatched ability for a combination of speed, style, and power" and "a tall, elegant carriage horse" ...
Horse - Interaction With Humans - Care
... Main article Horse care See also Equine nutrition, Horse grooming, Veterinary medicine, and Farrier Horses are grazing animals, and their major source of nutrients is good-quality forage from hay ... Therefore, a 450-kilogram (990 lb) adult horse could eat up to 11 kilograms (24 lb) of food ... Horses require a plentiful supply of clean water, a minimum of 10 US gallons (38 L) to 12 US gallons (45 L) per day ...

More definitions of "horse":

  • (noun): A chessman in the shape of a horse's head; can move two squares horizontally and one vertically (or vice versa).
    Synonyms: knight
  • (noun): Troops trained to fight on horseback.
    Example: "500 horse led the attack"
    Synonyms: cavalry, horse cavalry
  • (verb): Provide with a horse or horses.
  • (noun): A padded gymnastic apparatus on legs.

Famous quotes containing the word horse:

    Don’t worry about a sugar planter. Give him a horse and he’ll ride to his own funeral.
    Curtis Siodmak (1902–1988)

    The hardiest skeptic who has seen a horse broken, a pointer trained, or has visited a menagerie or the exhibition of the Industrious Fleas, will not deny the validity of education. “A boy,” says Plato, “is the most vicious of all beasts;” and in the same spirit the old English poet Gascoigne says, “A boy is better unborn than untaught.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)