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Horses and How They Grow Horses are fun to ride but they can be a lot of hard work The first horse was the Eohippus It was about the size of a fox It can be traced over a period of 60 million years From America they spread across the world Then 8-10000 years ago the horse be-came extinct in America It was reintroduced by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century The herds of mustangs in north America is descended from horses introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century Baby horses are born from a mare horse The mare holds the baby for 11 or 12 months Most mares will have 5 or 6 foals during their lives Normally a foal is born with its front feet first Foals are born with their eyes open and with a full coat of hair When the newborn foal is born it drinks its mothers milk for the first 6 Months Foals can stand up shortly after birth It also begins to Supplement its diet by nibbling on grass and its mothers oats The best place to feed your horse is in a bucket A horse must have fresh water and eat oats A healthy treat for horses is carrots and apples A horses age can be told by looking at its teeth Up to the age of five a horse still has its milk teeth A foal can be weaned from 4-6 months Most horses reach their full size by the time they are five years old The bones from a baby foal are very soft for the first three years You shouldnt ride a horse until it is three years old because you can sway its back When the owner weans the foal he separates it from the mother and puts it out to the pasture with other foals A baby girl
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