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Think you have a head full of horse knowledge? Test it out!
By Olivia White, Region 15 Youth Director
Q: What is the Latin word for horse?
Q: What is Hippology?
A: The study of the horse.
Q: What were the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred Breed.
A: Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian
Q: What is the term used for a cross between a Thoroughbred and Arabian?
Q: (T/F) Most modern breeds were influenced by Arabians.
Q: Have you ever wondered what the (*) before a horse's name meant? Here's your chance to guess!
A: The (*) means the horse was imported.
Q: (T/F) Bishopping means to shout Biss, biss while hopping on one foot.
A: FALSE! Bishopping is when horse traders used to make a horse's teeth look younger.
Q: What are the abbreviations for the Arabian horse colors: Bay, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Grey, and Roan.
A: B, BLK, BR, CH, GR, RO respectively
Q: All right! How many of you pay attention to the Triple Crown? Which three races make up the Triple Crown?
A: The Preakness, Kentucky Derby, and the Belmont Stakes.
Q: What is a furlong? (in racing.)
A: One-eighth (1/8) of a mile.
Q: What is the Arabic term for "Father of…"?
A: ABU, sometimes you see this on registered horses' names.
Q: What does OM mean in Arabic?
A: It means "Mother of…"-this is easy to remember because MO-mother of, reverse, OM. It is sometimes spelled UMM. Used for some registered Arabians.
Q: What does BINT mean in Arabic?
A: "Daughter of…." -also is used for some registered Arabians.
Q: IBN means what in Arabic?
A: You guessed it! "Son of…"-you see this a lot for registered Arabians.
Q: What part of an Arabian is referred to as the jibbah?
A: The bulge in the forehead.
Q: (T/F) The Jibbah is a not a desirable trait in Arabians.
A: FALSE! A large jibbah is very desirable in Arabians.
Q: What does the Mitbah mean in Arabic?
A: Literally it means "the place where the throat is cut." We call this the throatlatch.
Q: Fill in the blank: It is desirable for Arabians to have a __________ and __________ Mitbah.
A: fine and long!
And for the bonus question….
Q: When was the Arabian Horse Registry (now merged to AHA) formed?
Here are some wacky, odd, strange laws from around the United States and the world.
It is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their spurs.
Abilene City Ordinance 349 declares "Any person who shall in the city of Abilene shoot at a horse with any concealed or unconcealed bean snapper or like article, shall upon conviction, be fined."
In Hartsville you can be arrested for riding an ugly horse.
In Marshalltown it is against the law for a horse to eat a fire hydrant.
Pattonsburg Revised Ordinances, 1884 stated "No person shall hollar, shout, bawl, scream, use profane language, dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise or sound in such manner as to disturb a horse."
A misworded ordinance in Wolf Point reads "No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter."
The horse is New Jersey's state animal.
In New York City, it is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse.
Law states “Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
Tennessee prohibits riders from lassoing fish.
It’s also illegal to fish from horseback in Washington D.C., Colorado and Utah. And here a few international ones!
In the state of Queensland it is still constitutional law that all pubs (hotel/bar) must have a railing outside for patrons to tie up their horse.
A British law states that an Englishman must not sell a horse to a Scotsman. And in London an old law required taxi drivers to carry a bale of hay on top of their caps to feed their horses. The law was in force until 1976.