Hello and thanks for stopping by! Ready for some fun horse facts? I mean really, really cool horse facts? Well read below and check out these horse facts for kids! (And adults too 🙂
Wizard Of Oz
The Horse of a Different Color
Do you like the Wizard Of Oz? What a classic movie. Ever wondered about the Horse of a Different Color? Did that horse REALLY change colors? Read on to find out.
The Horse of a Different Color was a horse who drew the carriage in the opening Emerald City scenes of the 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz. When then scenes changed if you looked closely the horse would be a different color! If you haven’t seen the movie, go watch it, it is a must see!
Four separate horses were used to create the effect. The filmmakers needed multiple horses of different colors to ensure filming was on schedule. Using one horse and changing the color would have been too time consuming. The ASPCA refused to allow the horses to be dyed so technicians tinted them with lemon, cherry, and grape flavored powdered gelatin to create a the assorted colors of white, yellow, red, and purple! The horses kept trying to lick it off! So, sadly kids, the horse didn’t really change colors but they could lick some of the gelatin off for a quick snack!
Another cool fact was that the carriage drawn by the Horse of a Different Color in the 1939 film was originally made for President Abraham Lincoln and given to him as a gift during the Civil War. The carriage possesses a handwritten note on its frame, “A. Lincoln, June 8, 1863.” The cart was used in nearly 200 films.
Horse of a different color and horse of another color are phrases used to refer to something that is entirely different. It is a comparison between two items, ideas or situations that finds them to be not alike. The terms horse of a different color and horse of another color are derived from the William Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, written around 1602: “My purpose is, indeed, a horse of that color.”
In olden days, horses were taught to do some extreme athletic maneuvers that involved coming off the ground. Some of these moves are still taught today. These moves have become the modern day Dressage. They are listed below and videos can be found on YouTube. Horses are amazing!
The horse raises its forelegs off the ground, by crouching onto its haunches keeping its body at a 45 degree angle.
The horse does a movement similar to the levade, and then jumps or bounces in that position.
The horse leaps through the air, remaining parallel to the ground and tucking its hind legs under.
The horse leaps as for a croupade, but holds its hindlegs so that the shoes are visible from behind.
The horse appears to fly by leaping through the air, tucking in its forelegs and kicking out with the hindlegs.
Speaking of flying horses, have you ever heard of Pegasus?
In Greek mythology, Pegasus was an immortal winged horse, one of the two children of Poseidon and Medusa. Along with his brother, the golden-sworded Chrysaor, Pegasus sprang forth miraculously from his mother’s neck after Perseus had beheaded her. He was stabled by Zeus and tasked with drawing the chariot of his thunderbolts.
Pegasus was capable of creating water streams wherever he’d struck his hoof. At least two famous springs in Greece, both named Hippocrene (“Horse Spring”), were widely believed to have been issued forth by Pegasus’ hoof.
The medieval knight was an elite mounted warrior sworn to uphold the code of chivalry, which stood for faith, loyalty, courage, courtesy, compassion, and honor.
Jousting tournaments became a popular form of entertainment where two elite knights would race toward each other on their horses and attempt to knock each other off with a huge lance. It was winner take all where the winner earned the respect of the king.
Biggest Horse Ever
Sampson was a Shire horse gelding foaled in 1846 in Toddington Mills, Bedfordshire, England. He was the tallest and heaviest horse ever recorded. Sampson, owned by Thomas Cleaver, stood 7 feet (2.13 m) high by the time he was four years old, when he was renamed Mammoth.
The biggest horse of modern days is Big Jake according to the Guinness Book of World Records. At 17 years old, he is 20 hands, 2.75 inches tall (82.75 inches)
Horses are so cool. They are used in so many sports, movies, and events. Do you like horses? Go learn as much as you can about these magnificent creatures! Also check out more horse facts.