All tagged Equine Science

Family Equidae + The Mule

Another semester of equine learning has begun! This fall I’m enrolled in Horse Science 1 and as part of the intro material we are looking at the Equidae family which includes horses, zebras, and donkeys. We are all familiar with these species, but I wanted to take a moment to look at a fourth creature: the Mule.

The Digestive System

This week we covered the horse’s digestive system. The horse is a non-ruminant animal. Non-ruminant animals (also called monogastric) have a single-chambered stomach. As opposed to ruminants, who use bacteria in the rumen to break down food, non-ruminants use saliva in the mouth to start the digestion process. Horses are non-ruminants as are humans.

Historic Horses

Przewalski’s Horse or, Equus ferus przewalski, is considered the oldest horse still in existence, but was not discovered until 1879, well after men domesticated and harnessed the power of the common horse, Equus caballus.