As I wander the world, amongst nature and surrounded by enormous landscapes, there are of course the animals large and small, that have enlightened many a scene. We have shown many a creature so far in the animals section of the site, from insect to whale. But what about the horse? I have come across so many that it would be shame to let them all pass by without a mention :)

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A fascinating creature that has been domesticated since as far back as 4000 BC and possibly further. From huge shire horses pulling great carts to little ponies running around open fields. Many colours and shades to of course. Rambling around the countryside there are few people who resist the temptation to go have a closer look and give a stroke to the friendly equine face peering over the gate or field wall. There is a good chance that horse has seen you first with that near 350 degree vision.

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Me being me, I can’t do a post like this without learning a few things… Eg for humans we say male, female, boy and girl…. but for horses it is a whole new ball game, crikey! I am sure I won’t be fully correct but let’s give it a go:

Foal – start easy.. a horse under one year old.

Colt – A male horse until.. some say 3, some say 4, then it becomes a Stallion. Aha! A stallion it is if not castrated.. Castrated it becomes a Gelding. and I am led to believe it is a Gelding if castrated at any age. Simple isn’t it?

Filly – A female horse until.. yes you guessed it, some say 3, some say 4, then it becomes a mare.

It could get more complicated if you start looking into yearlings and figgs.

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But! What is the difference between.. Horses, ponies, mules, donkeys etc?! This does get more complicated still and a ‘rough outline is:

Mule – Cross between a male donkey and a female horse. Sterile, hardy, sure footed and cleverer than donkeys themselves these are the kind of workers I have come across on many a climb and even a climb down a cliff face.

Hinny – Cross between a male horse and a female donkey.

Donkey – descended from the wild African Ass, part of the horse family.

Pony – Throughout evolution those horses in the extremes started breeding smaller. Man I would think has adapted some later on for work and recreational purposes.

Phillip – Well, if your name is Phillip, it means lover of horses

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Anyway, I have digressed somewhat. I sat down to show some pics of a few horses within scenes I have picked up on my travels. Fine intelligent animals that make any scene more dynamic I am sure you will agree. You are never alone out there wandering around. Cows, sheep, horses and much much more adding life to a still looking scene.