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Org/wnet/nature/horses 46 Index Page numbers for illustrations are in boldface. adopting horses, 38 age, 18, 26, 29 America, horses in, 6, 7, 31, 35, 38–39, 39 Arabian horses, 9, 14 bands of horses, 18, 25, 26 birthing process, 26, 27, 28 body language, 23 breeding farms, 25, 26 China, horses in, 36 cowboys, 35 dawn horses, 6, 7 domestic horses, 7, 21, 25, 31, 33 gaits, 13–14, 26 galloping, 14, 26 grazing, 16, 17–18 grooming, 20, 21, 26, 27 neighing, 22, 23 palomino horses, 13 pets, horses as, 5, 10, 29, 35, 36, 37, 38 hearing, sense of, 15 policemen on horses, 34, 35 heavy horses, 7, 8 ponies, 7, 10, 26 hippopotamus, 7 predators, 15, 18, 21, 30, 31–32 hippotherapy, 35–36, 37, 38 hooves, 12, 12, 13–14, 32, 32 prisons, horses in, 38 Przewalski's horses, 7, 11, horses, 4, 6, 16, 20, 22, 24, 11, 39, 41 27 bodies of, 12–15 racehorses, 9, 25, 29, 35, 38 breeds of, 7, 8–11 ranchers, 38 history of, 6 uses for, 5, 6, 10, 34, 35–38, refuges, 39, 39 riding on horses, 29, 35–36 37 running, 4, 5, 12, 14 horse shows, 35, 40 ears, 15, 23 eating and drinking, 16, 17, 18 endangered horses, 38–39, 41 eyes, 14–15 legs, 6, 10, 12, 13, 18, 26, 32 Seeing Eye horses, 37 senses, 14–15, 21, 25 light horses, 7, 9 Shetland ponies, 10, 10 shire horses, 8, 8, 9 manes, 5, 10, 12 sight, sense of, 14–15 mares, 15, 18, 25, 26, 29 sleeping, 18 farm work, 5, 35 mating, 24, 25, 29 smell, sense of, 14, 15, 21, 25 feet, 12, 13, 13–14, 23 miniature horses, 29, 37 sounds, 21–23 feral horses, 7, 38–39 Mongolia, horses in, 11, 39, species chart, 8–11 fighting, 21, 24, 31–33, 32 41 foals, 10, 15, 18, 25, 26, 27, mustangs, 7, 7, 31, 32, 38–39 sports, horses in, 5, 9, 35, 40 28, 31 47 stallions, 18, 21, 24, 25, 32–33, 32 Sugar Puff (oldest horse), 26 tails, 5, 10, 12, 15, 23 taste, sense of, 15 teeth, 17–18, 19, 20, 21, 32 Thoroughbred horses, 9, 9 transportation, 5, 6, 10, 34, 35 trotting, 13, 13–14, 26 wild horses, 7, 7, 11, 25, 32, 39 wolves, 30, 31 workhorses, 5, 8, 10, 35 zoos, horses in, 11, 41 About the Author Steven Otfinoski is the author of numerous books about animals.

Riding and relating to a horse can also help people who have psychological problems. Learning to trust and befriend a horse can help people deal with stress, overcome fear, and get along better with other people. Did You Know . . There are more than 8 million horses in China, more than in any other country. Other countries with large horse populations are Mexico, Brazil, the United States, and Argentina. Many horses are kept as pets, as they make great companions for people. 36 Horses are helpful in many ways.

Most horses live between twenty-five and thirty years. However, some miniature horses live to the age of fifty or even older. 29 4 Fight or Flight If horses seem skittish to you, there is a good reason. Horses are prey animals. In the wild, predators have always hunted horses. By staying alert to danger, horses have managed to survive for many thousands of years. Today, most domesticated horses are protected by people. They have little to fear from predators, although wolves and mountain lions still attack mustangs in the American West.

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