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Horse Quizzes & Trivia

Find out how much you know about horses and ponies.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How big does a horse have to be to be a horse and not a pony?

    • A.

      12hh

    • B.

      16'4hh

    • C.

      14'2hh

    • D.

      14hh

    Correct Answer
    C. 14'2hh
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 14'2hh. In horse measurement, "hh" stands for "hands high," which is a unit used to measure the height of a horse. A horse that measures 14'2hh is considered to be a horse rather than a pony. This measurement indicates that the horse is 14 hands and 2 inches tall at the withers (the highest point of the horse's back).

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  • 2. 

    Which is the fastest gait?

    • A.

      Walk

    • B.

      Gallop

    • C.

      Canter

    • D.

      Trot

    Correct Answer
    B. Gallop
    Explanation
    The fastest gait among the options provided is the gallop. Galloping is a four-beat gait where the horse moves forward by lifting all four feet off the ground in a coordinated manner. It is the fastest gait because it allows the horse to cover more ground in less time compared to other gaits like walk, canter, and trot.

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  • 3. 

    What is clipping a horse?

    • A.

      Cutting its hooves like nails

    • B.

      Cutting its mane short

    • C.

      Shaving some or all of its hair

    • D.

      Dying it a different colour

    Correct Answer
    C. Shaving some or all of its hair
    Explanation
    Clipping a horse refers to the process of shaving some or all of its hair. This is commonly done to remove excess hair during warmer months or to create a neat and tidy appearance for shows or competitions. Clipping can help prevent the horse from overheating during exercise and make grooming and maintenance easier. It is important to use proper clipping techniques and equipment to ensure the horse's comfort and safety.

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  • 4. 

    What is a docked tail?

    • A.

      The tail has been removed

    • B.

      The tail reaches the floor

    • C.

      The dock is broken in half

    • D.

      The tail is multi-coloured

    Correct Answer
    A. The tail has been removed
    Explanation
    A docked tail refers to a tail that has been surgically removed. This procedure is commonly done in certain dog breeds for various reasons, such as breed standards or working purposes. The docking process involves removing a portion of the tail, typically done when the puppies are very young. This is done under anesthesia by a veterinarian and is considered a routine procedure in some breeds. The purpose of docking is purely cosmetic and does not provide any medical benefits to the dog.

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  • 5. 

    What is piebald?

    • A.

      Spotty

    • B.

      Light brown

    • C.

      White with brown markings

    • D.

      White with black markings

    Correct Answer
    D. White with black markings
    Explanation
    Piebald refers to an animal, typically a horse or a dog, that has a coat color pattern characterized by patches of white and black markings. This pattern is caused by a genetic mutation that inhibits the production of pigment cells in certain areas of the animal's skin and hair. The term "piebald" is often used to describe animals with this distinct coloration pattern, where the majority of the coat is white with black markings.

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  • 6. 

    Horses can only live up to 20 years old, true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Horses can live beyond 20 years old, so the statement that they can only live up to 20 years old is false. Horses have an average lifespan of around 25 to 30 years, but some can live well into their 30s or even 40s with proper care and nutrition. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that horses can only live up to 20 years old.

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  • 7. 

    The cheek pieces on a bridle should be underneath the nose band, true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The cheek pieces on a bridle should be underneath the noseband because this positioning helps to ensure that the bridle fits properly and securely on the horse's head. Placing the cheek pieces underneath the noseband also helps to prevent the bridle from slipping or moving around during riding. This correct positioning of the cheek pieces and noseband allows for better communication between the rider and the horse through the reins, promoting effective control and guidance.

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  • 8. 

    What is the name for a group of horses or ponies?

    • A.

      Pack

    • B.

      Herd

    • C.

      Flock

    • D.

      Gathering

    Correct Answer
    B. Herd
    Explanation
    A group of horses or ponies is commonly referred to as a herd. This term is used to describe a collection of these animals that live and move together as a social unit. Horses and ponies are known to exhibit herd behavior, where they rely on each other for protection, companionship, and social interaction. Therefore, the correct answer is "Herd".

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  • 9. 

    Which of these plants are poisonous to horses?  Tick the boxes.

    • A.

      Foxglove

    • B.

      Ragwort

    • C.

      Grass

    • D.

      Apples

    • E.

      Evergreen

    • F.

      Clover

    • G.

      Nettles

    • H.

      Giant Hogweed

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Foxglove
    B. Ragwort
    E. Evergreen
    H. Giant Hogweed
    Explanation
    Foxglove, Ragwort, Evergreen, and Giant Hogweed are poisonous to horses. These plants contain toxic substances that can cause various health issues in horses if ingested. Foxglove contains cardiac glycosides that can affect the heart, while Ragwort contains alkaloids that can damage the liver. Evergreen plants, such as yew and rhododendron, contain toxins that can be harmful to horses. Giant Hogweed contains sap that can cause skin irritation and burns. It is important to keep horses away from these plants to ensure their safety and well-being.

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  • 10. 

    Horses are in the bovine family, true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Horses are not in the bovine family. Bovine refers to animals in the cattle family, such as cows, buffalos, and yaks. Horses belong to the equine family, which includes species like zebras and donkeys. Therefore, the statement that horses are in the bovine family is false.

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  • 11. 

    Which of these animals is related to the horse?

    • A.

      Cat

    • B.

      Mouse

    • C.

      Elephant

    • D.

      Donkey

    Correct Answer
    D. Donkey
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Donkey because donkeys are closely related to horses. They belong to the same family, Equidae, and share a common ancestor. Donkeys and horses can interbreed and produce offspring called mules, which further demonstrates their close relationship. While cats, mice, and elephants are all different species and have no direct relation to horses.

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  • 12. 

    What is the name for a female baby horse?

    • A.

      Colt

    • B.

      Filly

    Correct Answer
    B. Filly
    Explanation
    A female baby horse is called a filly. The term "filly" is used to specifically refer to a young female horse that is less than four years old. This term is commonly used in the horse racing industry to distinguish between male and female horses. The term "colt" refers to a young male horse, so it is not the correct answer in this case.

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  • 13. 

    What is the name for a male baby horse?

    • A.

      Colt

    • B.

      Filly

    Correct Answer
    A. Colt
    Explanation
    A male baby horse is called a colt. This term is used to specifically refer to young male horses, typically under the age of four. The word "colt" is commonly used in the horse industry to differentiate between male and female offspring. It is important to note that once a male horse reaches the age of four, it is then referred to as a stallion if it is not castrated, or a gelding if it has been castrated.

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