Did you know?...
If a statue in the park of a person on a
horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one
front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the
horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Of the 38 best known
breeds still in existence, 16 were created in Great Britain, 4 are
distincly American: the American Saddle Horse, the Morgan, the
Mustang, and the Hambletonian.
Proportional to their weight, men are
stronger than horses.
The Following Statutes Are Still on the
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, all horses must be equipped with horns and headlights.
In Wilbur, Washington, it is against the law to ride down the street on an ugly horse.
If you live in Omaha, NE, you are required to place a hitching post in the front of your
In Virginia, it is illegal to permit an unhaltered horse - age one or older - to appear in
any public place of worship.
Horses cannot be turned loose in a burial ground in Vermont.
In New York City, you can go to jail if you open your umbrella in the presence of a horse.
Racing horses is banned on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in Delaware.
In Kentucky: No females shall appear in a bathing suit in any highway unless she is
escorted by at least two officers.
(An amendment reads):
"The provision of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90
pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses."
In Marshallton, Iowa, it is against the law for a horse to eat a fire hydrant.
(These and more can be found in: Looney
Laws and Silly Statutes, Sheryl Linsell-Roberts, Sterling Publishing, NY 1994, ISBN
Your horse can not fall asleep in the airport in
Peewee, West Virginia. (source: Private Pilot, November 1987)
A record for horseshoe pitching
was set on July 26, 1955 by Ted Allen who threw 72 consecutive ringers.
Man o'War was one of the
greatest racehorses in American history. Bought at auction for
$5,000 in 1918, it went on to win 20 of 21 races in which it was
entered, earning almost $2 million in purses and stud fees -
phenomenal amounts for those times. His offspring also did very
well. Man o'War was the first animal whose obituary and
biography appeared in the list of celebrities compiled by the major
press associations. He also had the largest personal guest book
on record, with the names of 2 million people who visited him in
retirement. When Man o'War died in 1947, his funeral was
attended by 2,500 admirers. (Source:
Triviata, 1975, Hart Publishing)