Horses in the Snow

Horses in the Snow

Today, I’ve combined two powerful, iconic themes: horses and snow. Both are amazing forces of nature. The weight of snow can crush trees and roofs. The power of the automobile is still measured in terms of horsepower. Both are beautiful beyond words. Snow gives us a crystalline purity and silence when it first falls. Horses are elegant in line and motion. The two together create an image that makes you think of myths and legends.

Horses in the Snow Videos: Here’s a 4-minute video of Icelandic horses enjoying the snow and getting some much-needed winter exercise. Here is a 2-minute video of horses playing in new fallen snow.

FunFacts about Horses: (Source) (Source)  *** Note: These funfacts appeared in the blog ‘Horses‘ in January 2018.

  • The horse is from the family Equidae and the species Equus ferus caballus.
  • Evolution, quote: The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. (Source)
  • The domestication of the horse began around 6000 years ago. By 5000 years ago, the horse was widely domesticated.
  • Most horses live between 25 and 30 years.
  • Horses have a strong fight-or-flight response and tend to flee from predators. This is unusual.
  • Horses can sleep standing up or lying down.
  • There are more than 300 breeds of horse today, each developed for a specific purpose.
  • Horses reach maturity by age 5. Here are the designations by age, quote: (Source)
    • Colt: A male horse under the age of four.
    • Filly: A female horse under the age of four.
    • Foal: A horse of either sex less than one year old.
    • Gelding: A castrated male horse of any age.
    • Mare: A female horse four years old and older.
    • Stallion: A non-castrated male horse four years old and older.
    • Yearling: A horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.
  • Average gestation is 340 days. Twins are rare.
  • Foals can stand and run within a short time following birth.
  • Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
  • Horses have psychological benefits for humans and are used in equine-assisted therapies for various disorders. There also seems to be some evidence that when prison inmates are given the opportunity to be with horses, it helps improve their behavior and reduces the likelihood that they will return to prison.
  • A horse can drink 38 liters of water a day.
  • A horse named ‘Old Billy’ lived to be 62 years old.
  • There are about 75 million horses in the world today.

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34 thoughts on “Horses in the Snow

  1. I love the beauty of horses and their mischievous natures but I’m afraid to ride one (it’s an awfully long distance to the ground, lol). Thank you for the inspiring pictures!

  2. Love the pic with that sunrise/sunset with the snowy field and horses. I’ve actually never been on a horse, but it’s something I’d like to do one day.

  3. Love the beautiful pictures, I can’t choose which one I like best. Since moving I miss watching the horses having fun in the snow.

  4. I love horses and the snow, put them together and it’s magical. Enjoyed the videos of them playing and the pictures are beautiful.

  5. I love horses. When I was 6 my parents got me a small Shetland pony. She was feisty. We had long rides in the woods around our house. Being with a horse is like being with a friend. Someone you talk with and experience wonderful quiet moments. The pictures and videos brought back some wonderful memories.

  6. Just love the pictures especially the white horses in the snow. Been so many years since I’ve ridden one but I enjoyed it. They are such majestic animals and have their own personalities. AZ

  7. Beautiful yet truly delicate animals. I couldn’t choose a favorite because I like them all.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  8. That photo with the sunrise and the horses just took my breath away. When I think of snow and horses I immediately think of sleighs.

  9. While I’m not a fan of snow I was raised with horses. My father was a racehorse trainer so I spent my life around them until he passed. I still have many friends in the business so I get to spend my time with my 4 legged friends often.

  10. I love to see the horses and of course having so much fun in the snow. I always wanted a horse growing up. It is a lot of work to care for a horse though. So nice to see them.

  11. I love horses. Their liquid brown eyes seem so understanding. I even like the the smell of a horse. When I was young we use to ride horses all the time.

  12. I’ve never had a horse and I am not a good rider. Probably because I haven’t been around them. They are a beautiful animal. I loved the first picture, the one with a bird sitting on the mane of the horse.

    NY

  13. My absolute favorite is the single white horse running in the snow. So beautiful and majestic. I’ve never had horses but I used to help a friend of mine during fair time and doing chores any time I visited. And yes some of them times were in the snow!

  14. I love horses! I have ridden since high school and I’m not telling you how long ago that was. I used to ride a gorgeous Palomino named Snoopy. All of the pictures are gorgeous.

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