Miniature Horses and Tunis Sheep

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Do you enjoy trivia?

Here is some horse related trivia collected on the Internet:

  • The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

  • Where did the word "pumpernickel" come from? The name "pumpernickel" was coined by Napoleon's troops during the Napoleonic Wars. His men complained that although they were often poorly fed, there was always bread for Napoleon's favorite horse, Nicoll. Thus the word "pumpernickel" was coined--pain (bread) pour (for) Nicoll.

  • Where did the expression "to get one's goat" originate? Owners of high strung race horses would place a goat with them to help them calm down. Unscrupulous people steal the horse's goat *friend* in order to upset the horse so it would not race well.

  • Today's oldest form of horse is the Przewalski, or Mongolian Wild Horse. Survivors of this breed were discovered in the Gobi Desert in 1881.


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