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Nov 28 2013

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Horse Maze

Horse Maze in the tribal art style.

Horse Maze in the tribal art style.

 

         People domesticated wild horses about 10,000 years ago. At first they were almost certainly used for utilitarian purposes. Today there are over 350 different breeds that fill every conceivable niche. Horses are now bred for show, racing, work and jumping to name a few. A group of horses is called a herd, or a team when working together (pulling a cart, for example).

  • The average weight of a horse is about 1000 pounds. Horses usually weigh between 800 and 1200 pounds when fully grown.

  • The average height is 5 feet measured at the withers (the shoulder of the horse.) Horses are measured in a unit called a hand; a hand is equal to 4 inches. Horses typically range in height from 56 to 63 inches, that’s 14 to 16 hands.

  • Horses live to be about 25 – 30 years old.

  • A thoroughbred horse and rider can leap over a five-foot wall, and they can jump over 20 feet in distance.

  • When a horse gallops all its feet leave the ground between each stride.

  • Horses are not native to the Americas; they were brought over by the Spanish in 1519 near the modern day city of Veracruz in Mexico. Over the centuries escaped horses were captured and domesticated by native people. 300 years later the Nez Perce (pronounced nezz purse) people in what is now Northern California bred Appaloosa horses. These horses commanded a premium price due to their strength and durability.

  • The Akhal-Teke (pronounced Ah-kul Tekk) horse breed from Turkmenistan has an iridescent coat. A palomino (that is yellow-colored) Akhal-Teke shimmers like gold in the sun.

You can view the solution to this maze at this link.

Download a PDF of the Horse maze here!

If you like this design you can get it as a greeting card here.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Made with Faber-Castell indian ink on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper.  Built to last!

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