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Horses have been around for millions of years
Horses belong to the Equus family, which also includes zebras, mules and donkeys. It’s estimated that there are about 750 million horses in the world, and they play different roles depending on where they live. In wealthier countries, horses are used for leisure, like horseback riding, and sport, including horse racing and equestrianism. But in developing countries, they’re used for work – since they’re strong, they can pull plows, carriages and all sorts of other heavy things.
There are more than 350 different breeds of horses:
- Light – Have small bones and weigh less than 1,300 pounds. These are usually the riding horses. Examples are Thoroughbreds, Morgans and Arabians.
- Draft – Also called “heavy” horses and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. They have large bones, sturdy legs and are usually working horses. Examples are Percherons, Clydesdales and Shires.
- Ponies – Are only about 57 inches tall, so they’re smaller than horses. Examples are Shetlands, Haflingers and Cobs.
- Feral – Wild or semi-wild horses. An example is a Mustang.