The Horse Gallop/Trot Debate of 1872

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Leland Stanford, a businessman, former governor, and race-horse owner, hired a man by the name of Eadweard James Muybridge to help him answer two basic questions: 1) Does a horse have all four feet off the ground during a trot? 2) During a gallop, does a horse have its hind legs extended to the rear and its front legs extended …

Jim Key – Smartest Horse that Ever Was

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A motherless foal who quickly became attached to his human caregiver (William Key) – the story of Jim Key is one that is not very well known. Jim was able to do math problems, spell names, share his political preferences, and retrieve a coin from the bottom of a large glass jar filled with water. Skeptical audience members could give …

Giant ‘Kelpies’ Horse Head Sculptures in Scotland

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There’s nothing cooler than stainless steel horse heads. Read a little bit about this masterpiece that is just about finished. Currently in the last stages of construction after nearly 7 years of development, the Kelpies are a pair of gargantuan horse heads by public artist Andy Scott that now tower over the Forth & Clyde canal in Falkirk, Scotland. The …

Scientists Decode DNA Of 700,000-Year-Old Horse

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Researchers have found the oldest piece of horse DNA and this will help them understand horse evolution. Unforuntely, it wasn’t enough to figure out exactly what the horse looked like—hair color, for example, will have to wait for further analysis—but it helped the researchers come up with several new ideas about horse evolution.