Description: Spirited Horses
The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is a single-hooved mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. This word originates from the Greek dialect, and means quickness. 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. The male horses are known as a stallions, the female horses are called mares and a young horse is called a foal. Horses are prey animals with a strong fight-or-flight response.Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited "hot bloods" with speed and endurance; "cold bloods", such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work; and "warmbloods", developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, for specific riding purposes. There are more than 300 breeds of horses in the world today. If you want to know how old a horse is, all you need to do is to count its teeth.