Anyone who has ever done live theatre knows that you should never do scenes with kids or animals because they will always steal the show. Well, we just found a news reporter who discovered that the old adage goes double for newsmen. You are going to love this video of a horse stealing the moment.
In this clip, a reporter is trying to do a story on horse racing, but an actual horse standing behind him has other plans indeed.
The horse, named Frankie, keeps bobbing his head up and down and licking the reporter, and even rests its head on his shoulder at one point.
The reporter seemed to think the whole incident was hilarious. He says “I want this footage.”
The relationship between humans and horses is a long and complex story that begins between five and six thousand years ago, when they were first domesticated and broadly adopted for use.
The modern horse is descended from an extinct species from about fifty million years ago called Eohippus. This forerunner of Trigger and Seabiscuit had multiple toes and was about the size of a large dog or small deer.
Interestingly, scientists have demonstrated that the modern horse arose in North America and then spread to Asia and Europe, only to become extinct here around ten thousand years ago. Horses were then reintroduced by European explorers and colonists in the sixteenth century.
Today, there over 600 acknowledged breeds of horse who are trained to do everything from pulling carts to elaborate dance maneuvers. They are usually classified as ‘cold bloods’, useful as draft animals, ‘hot bloods’, that have great speed and agility, and ‘warm bloods’, which are often used for breeding riding horses.
The largest breed recognized is the massive Shire. This enormous horse can stand seventy inches at the shoulder and weigh close to two thousand pounds.
At the other end of the scale is the Argentinian Falabella. It can be as short as thirty inches and weigh as little as a hundred and twenty pounds Not much bigger than a mid-sized dog, you could probably keep one in a Brooklyn apartment.
Horses, like dogs, have been the go-to companion animals for our forebearer. Following human migratory patterns, horses can now be found in every part of the world except Antarctica. In many parts of the world, including the American west, Horses can be found living in the wild. They are not actually “wild” horses, just domesticated horses that are living ferally. The only true wild horse left in existence is the Przewalski’s Horse. Its range once stretched from Manchuria to the Iberian Peninsula. Today it is an endangered species, but its numbers are on the rise, thanks to conservation efforts.
Horses only eat vegetation such as grass, oats, barley and hay. But they eat a lot of it. A healthy horse will eat about one to two percent of its body weight everyday. So that’s what they mean when they say “he eats like a horse!”
Have you ever goofed around with a horse? What is your favorite breed? Please share your stories and ideas with us here.