Tuesday 30 December 2014



If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright, he's the famous Erudite (comic) scientist who once said:
"I woke up one morning, and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates." He sees things differently than most of us.

Here are some of his gems:
1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.
3 - Half the people you know are below average.
4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
8 - If you want the rainbow, you have got to put up with the rain.
9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ....... But she left me before we met.
12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?
13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?
14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 - Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 - I intend to live forever... So far, so good.
21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
32 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.
33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.
34 - If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
35 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

Saturday 20 December 2014



Cyprus is one island that promises a lot and delivers! And that includes night life. The huge range includes stylish cafes and bars, pubs, jet set beach clubs, chic lounges, music bars and pulsating dance clubs. Relax, chill out or dance the night away, and get ready to have the best time! Nightspots are always included in tours around Cyprus. 

The cities that figure prominently are Limassol, Ayia Napa and Larnaca. Nicosia, Protaras, Pernera, Paphos and other cities do have their night spots but at a subdued scale when compared to the other cities mentioned. Nightlife in Protaras not quite as lively as Ayia Napa but regular buses from Pernera and Protaras will get you to swinging Ayia Napa in half an hour. Dress is fairly casual – this is not an environment where you’ll be restricted from wearing your flip flops in hot weather – but since most also cater to the young, hip crowd, stylish, hip clothes are welcome too. When you go clubbing, be aware that most locals don’t even hit the clubs until around 2 a.m., if you’re seeking the company of locals. These cities are major tourist attractions in Cyprus during the day, but equally prominent when your trip for sightseeing in Cyprus includes night life. 

Limassol nightlife has gone down slightly with the close of Galatex (a strip of bars near the beach), however, there is still a vibrant bar scene. Some of the better known places for a great late evening in Limassol in the Tourist Area are the Step Inn; the iconic Basement Club; the Rumours Bar; the Breeze - Club, Restaurant & Café; the Gioia Bar; the Guaba Beach Bar, open only in the summers and the Cote D'Azure. The more lavish nightspots are a bit more expensive and dress conscious, like Caprice Restaurant & Lounge Bar at Londa Hotel; the Dizzy Bizzy Café Bar on the coastal road in Limassol at Ayios Athanasios, with its iconic electric green logo; the Dolce Club, just off Amathounta beach, a fantastic, one of a kind, cosmopolitan night club and the epitome of luxury and style. On the beach, the Waves Beach Bar, the Four Seasons Hotel and the Elias Beach Hotel with free parking recommend themselves. As is well known, Limassol is one of the most modern tourist attractions in Cyprus.  

Ayia Napa has some of the best night life in Europe. With a wide choice of clubs and over 80 bars, there truly is something for everyone in Ayia Napa. Most of the bars around the main square and strip in Ayia Napa open at around 8 pm. They don't get busy though until around 11 pm. The clubs open at around 1 am. The bars on and around the main square in Ayia Napa start to fill up around 11 pm and this is where the music is loud, sitting down is a no-no and the atmosphere is electric. There is no dress code in Ayia Napa, so you will see a massive range of styles and clothing choices including fancy dress.

Everything from Dubstep, Trance, Party, Rock, and anything in between can be heard as the streets throng with the pre-club crowd. Expect dancing on the bars, lots of exposed flesh and plenty of flirting. Ayia Napa is a sexy place in the summer and the hours of midnight until 4 am is when things get hot. People spill out of bars all over the centre of Ayia Napa turning the streets into one big party. Ayia Napa hosts Destino. Although Destino is described as a cafe-bar, that is some understatement! Destino is simply the place to be!! Liquid Cafe Bar, Cafe Central, Jello and Fresh provide a lot of noise and fun. The White Rock VIP Bar & Club is an awesome place to chill out with friends. The ultra-trendy Pepper Bar - Lounge at the Napa Plaza Hotel is a fancy Café Bar in the afternoon and a smashing outdoor venue at night. In fact, Ayia Napa is one the prime places to see in Cyprus, extending well into the next day!  

Club Aqua, in the basement of the Pambos Magic Hotel in the centre of Ayia Napa is one of the most popular late night clubs and after party venues in Ayia Napa. With capacity of 700, Aqua Club is open until breakfast time. Black N White is an urban music club, situated in the heart of Ayia Napa, just off the square; Carwash Disco’s party atmosphere has been drawing crowds ever since it opened in 1996; the Castle Club is the largest club in Ayia Napa as well as in the whole of Cyprus and Club Ice is one of Ayia Napa's larger clubs. 

As for Larnaca, The Preserve Lounge Bar on the historic Ermou Street has been a cornerstone of Larnaka's night scene for many years with throbbing energy and vibes. Blue Martini Club on Makenzy Beach, offers the perfect summer nightlife; don't miss Blue Martini's Greek Nights every Sunday. The Burlesque comes to life at night, combining good music along with original, colorful cocktails from every corner of the earth. The Geometry Club is one the hottest clubs in town, artistically designed with retro lighting. Club Deep features mainstream, Greek hits, RnB, house and old school. The Meeting Pub & Cafeteria, the Vogue Exclusive Club, the Caramel Disco and the Plateia Club are also popular. These cities are part of Cyprus tours, including those that Aphrodite’s Tours conducts.

Plate Smashing at Celebrations:

Pulsating night life aside, what everyone wants to know about is the tradition of smashing plates or glasses during celebratory occasions. Such an occasion would, of course, not arise in the nightlife discussed above, but is often seen in celebratory functions in smaller Bars and Nightclubs. The origin is not exactly known; in its earliest form, plate smashing may be a survival of the ancient custom of ritually ‘killing’ the ceramic vessels used for feasts commemorating the dead. The voluntary breaking of plates, a type of controlled loss, may also have helped participants in dealing with the deaths of their loved ones, a loss which they could not control. Breaking plates may also be related to the ancient practice of conspicuous consumption, a display of one's wealth, as plates or glasses are thrown into a fireplace following a banquet instead of being washed and reused. 

Since plate breaking often occurs at happy occasions, it may have begun as a way of fooling malicious spirits into thinking that the event was a violent one instead of a celebration. Worldwide, noise is believed to drive away evil, and the sound of the plates smashing against the stone or marble floors of the houses would be loud enough to scare off almost anything. Another school of thought says that a plate might also be broken when two lovers parted, so that they would be able to recognise each other by matching the two halves even if many years passed before they met again. Small split versions of the mysterious Phaistos disk are used by modern Greek jewellers this way, with one half kept and worn by each of the couple.

New twists to an old tradition: In recent times, smashing plates has been used to attract attention to Greek restaurants in Cyprus, with ‘plate smashers’ stationed at the doors to periodically toss down another plate and attract the attention of passersby. Some Greek restaurants even cater to the need of clients to break plates by designating a special ‘smashing area’. Many countries, including Britain and Greece, are regulating the ritualised breaking of plates, with mandated safety measures.
What is known is that it is an import from Greece, where knives used to be thrown at the feet of performing artistes, with a warning shout of ‘Opa’ in deference to the performer. As may be expected, there were many casualties and knives were replaced by plates and glasses. This practice continues to be seen on joyous occasions, such as weddings and birthdays, etc. The crockery is thrown onto the ground and stamped with gusto during the celebration. This form of fun was banned in Greece in 1969 by the military dictatorship of G. Papadopoulos that had suspended democracy and ruled Greece autocratically from 1967-1974. 

While the ban on plate smashing came to the great disappointment of locals and foreign tourists alike in Greece, it was not applicable to Cypriots. With time, as more and more Greeks came to Cyprus, the practice also died down. Today, it is no longer officially allowed at nightclubs, but still takes place occasionally for private celebrations. The host purchases specially-produced plaster plates, which are less expensive or dangerous, and easier to break. Another modern variation on the custom is for diners at small restaurants or tavernas to buy trays of flowers that they can throw at singers and each other, with basket/tray carrying flower girls selling their wares. Now you know what to do in Cyprus at night.


An excursion to the Donkey Farm at Kelokedara Paphos has something unique to offer. If you want to do something different during your stay in Cyprus, then this donkey riding trip is made for you. A donkey ride gives you a real feel of the area, as you ride through picturesque orange groves and quaint villages, all the way to an ancient Monastery recognised as a World Cultural Heritage. It is one of the places to see in Cyprus. 

The Donkey Farm Concept: In 1998, the entrepreneurs behind this scheme came up with the idea of creating a donkey farm where they would provide shelter and veterinary care for the Cyprus Donkey−on the verge of becoming an endangered species. The second part of the idea was to create an exclusive and out of the ordinary excursion product, a way to bring the project into the public eye and make it available for adventurous tourists to enjoy. This enabled them to give their clients the chance to see the donkeys in their own environment and blend it with a physical feel of real Cyprus countryside, original hospitality, fun, adventure, good food and unexpected entertainment.

The whole ambience is exceptional; you have to experience it yourself to understand it!  It's a unique day out for all ages, from children to grandparents. The aim is not only to satisfy of the guests, but also to augment the healthy breeding program instituted for the benefit of the 90 donkeys owned by them. Each donkey bears a sub-skin microchip and the owners have a strong program of preventive medical treatment for all the animals. It is a simple solution to what to see in Cyprus.

ARGONAFTIS Donkey Farm: The farm is situated in 19 hectares of land near the village of Kelokedara, approximately 30 km East of Paphos in the Xeros river valley, one of the most untouched and tranquil parts of the island, the perfect setting for nature lovers. Local facilities blend in with the natural environment. The main materials of the central hall are stone and wood and up to 160 people can be accommodated for lunch or dinner during winter and 300 people or more in the summer.

Kelokedara Village is part of a special environmentalist tourism project, dealing with concepts known as ‘sustainable’ and/or agro-tourism. The idea is to help local village economies participate in tourism without changing their traditional lifestyles. The village lies on the eastern slope of the Xeros River. Kelokedara has less than 300 inhabitants with an average age of 55 years. A short time will be given to wander around the village and enjoy the typical Cypriot architecture and atmosphere, found only in such remote areas of Cyprus, yet an integral part of Cyprus tours.

After leaving Limassol for the Donkey Farm, tourists will change buses at Kelokedara, to get into another vehicle that is an institution by itself, an old Bedford bus affectionately known as the ‘Village Bus’. Some things just keep on running, like this ‘chicken bus’, still in action with Mr. Christodoulos as the driver. Mr. Christodoulos bought the bus new in 1969, and for the past 35 years he and his bus have acted as a life-line for the village, transporting villagers down to the towns and urban centres. This bus was the only means for locals to go do their shopping or for older students to reach their school in Paphos. The village bus also supplies the village with basic daily needs and brings in the daily post. Argonaftis has added vehicular grandeur to the tour by using this bus to bring all prospective Donkey Riders to the Farm, a 15-minute journey through picturesque landscape dotted with orange groves. 

On arrival at the farm, guests will sample many of local delicacies such as halloumi cheese, ‘sushukko’ (an unusual tubular shaped concoction made of grape syrup and almonds), village bread, olives, cucumber, all of them produced and made in the village, as well as the famous local distilled strong Zivania brew, a 90 proof liquor. Scotch Whisky is 70 proof!

Donkey Riding: All visitors will have a chance to meet and pet the friendly foals before a demonstration and a safety briefing on how to ride and control the Cyprus Donkey. Each rider will be allotted an appropriate donkey based on his/her weight. The ride will take about 25 minutes through the riverbed and along country tracks passing local shepherds with the flocks of grazing sheep and goats. The entire ride is conducted under the watchful supervision of professional staff to ensure the safety and comfort of all. At the far end of the valley nestled in the hills the riders will find the ancient and abandoned 16th century Sindi monastery. There will be a 20-minute break at the monastery for light refreshments and wandering around.

The Sindi Monastery is an abandoned 16th century monastery, restored by UNESCO and recognised as a World Cultural Heritage monument. It is surrounded by some spectacular landscapes in Cyprus. There are ruins of four watermills in the area, remnants of an era long past, when wheat and barley were cultivated widely and abundant amounts of water flowed regularly through the valley. Now the river flows only during the winter months December to May and is dry during the rest of the year.

Lunch or Dinner: The meal is usually a mix of typical Cypriot homemade dishes, such as afelia (pork with wine and coriander), pourgouri (cracked Bulgar wheat) tzatziki (yogurt dip), mixed vegetables, souvla (BBQ pork with oregano & Chicken), potatoes in the oven, village bread, salad and lemon. Village wine and Zivania will be served through the meal, with squash for children. The Bar is fully stocked with soft drinks, beer and other imported alcoholic drinks at reasonable prices.

Party Time: After the meal, guests are entertained with Greek and Cypriot music and dancing, including the famous sirtaki, which will tempt you to join in. The Argonaftis Donkey Farm team will be there to entertain you and to make sure that all your questions and requests will be fulfilled. After some Latin and English music, slow and romantic music is played for dancing under the stars. A final sirtaki will signal an end to the festivities.

Certificates: A diploma will be handed out to every participant who completed all the ‘tests', i.e., drinking Zivania, dancing the sirtaki, and riding a donkey. This is to be taken home as a souvenir and as proof that you were initiated into traditional Cyprus village culture and that you were able to capture the original spirit of the island. At the end of the tour you will return to Limassol.

Note:                                                                                                                                                                          Please check your visa and passport prior to departure from Limassol.


I got this on an email and thought I'd share it with you all. Happy reading:

Fruit Trivia
A strawberry is not an actual berry, but a banana is. In fact, the banana is a herb.
Apples float in water because they are 25% air.
Dark green vegetables include more vitamin C than light green color vegetables.
Bilberries are chock full of Vitamin A and are eaten to help improve night vision.
Mangoes are the no 1 fruit in the world.
Kiwis contains twice as much Vitamin C as oranges.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk miscarriage by almost half.
Watermelon contains 92 percent water, cabbage 90 and carrots 87 percent.
Jackfruit is the world's largest fruit followed by the Coco de Mer palm fruit.
Jackfruit is rich in potassium, calcium, and iron, and more nutritious than current starchy staples.
Avocados are the world's most nutritious fruit.
Babaco, a torpedo shaped fruit, is also named as champagne fruit since it has fizzy flesh.
Eating an apple is a more reliable method of staying awake than consuming a cup of coffee.
Currant juice can be used to soothe sore throats and colds.
The jambul fruit leaves and bark are used for controlling blood pressure and gingivitis.
Lychees are delicious fleshy fruits but its seeds are poisonous and should not be eaten.
A cucumber is a fruit not a vegetable.
Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits that have their seeds on the outside.
Dry fruits contain more calories than fresh fruits per gram, as the drying process shrinks it.
In the U.S., the apples sold at stores can be up to a year old.
Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
Apples, peaches and raspberries are all members of the rose family.
Coffee beans aren't beans. They are fruit pits.
Drinking grapefruit while taking medication can cause instant overdose and death.
Square Watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easier stacking and storage.
The Fruit Salad Tree sprouts 3 to 7 different fruits on the same tree.

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Interesting Facts About Horses



Focussed at Punters All. Enjoy some culled data.

1.    In the period before 2000 BCE, horses were wild animals, hunted for their skin as well as flesh. Around this age, travelers through the Indian subcontinent noticed that horses were being used to pull carts and also carry humans and other loads. This may have stemmed from the fact that people on the Indian subcontinent were mainly vegetarian and eschewed flesh in any form. Within a hundred years, this finding had reached most corners of the world. People still hunted horses, not for eating but for domesticating. Around 1900 BCE, horses first appeared in Greece, most probably with the arrival of the Indo-Europeans.
2.      The horse is known as an Equus ferus caballus. The word Equus comes from ancient Greece and means quickness. It is a hooved (ungulate) mammal, a subspecies of the family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature into the large, single-toed animal of today. The horse's single toe on each of its four feet is its most marked anatomical characteristic and makes it a perissodactyl or odd-toed ungulate. The horse shares this trait with the Rhinoceros and the Tapir.
3.      There are more than 350 breeds of ponies and horses.
4.         A height of a horse is measured with the hand, where each hand, actually the breadth   of the fingers (excluding the thumb) equals four inches. The height is measured from the ground to the withers.
5.         You can tell how old a horse is by how many teeth it has. A horse gets all of its teeth by the time it is five years old. After that, they just get longer. Adult female horses have 36
teeth. Adult male horses have between 40 to 44 teeth.
6.       A horse can only be called white if it is born white which is very rare. Camargue horses are completely white as adults. Their babies are pure black when they are born. Thus,   Camargue horses are not white horses, but gray.
7.      An average horse’s head weighs 5.5 kg.
8.      A horse’s heart weighs around 4.5 kg.
9.      A horse is able to drink 35-40 liters of water per day.
10. Horses use their facial expressions to communicate. Their moods can be gauged with   the help of their nostrils, eyes and ears.
11.  Horses produce approximately ten gallons of saliva a day.
12.  Horses expend more energy lying down.
13.  The hoof of a horse is like a fingernail; it keeps on growing and needs to be trimmed.
14.  Horseshoes protect horses’ hooves from hard surfaces. Since their hooves are trimmed regularly, new shoes are put on equally regularly. Horses' hooves grow approximately 0.25 in a month, and take nearly a year to grow from the coronet band to the ground.
15.        Any kind of mark, which appears on the forehead of a horse, is called a star, irrespective of whether it resembles one!
16.        However, a broad splash of white that covers most parts of the forehead between the eyes and carries down the nose to the muzzle is called a Blaze. A white mark, which covers one or both of the lips and proceeds up to the nostrils, is called a White muzzle.
17.     A horse is able to walk, trot, canter and gallop, using different combinations of its muscles to vary its gait and speed.
18.   Horses usually live for around 20 to 25 years, with some going up to 5 years more.
19.   A young horse of either sex is known as a foal. A 2-year old male horse is called a colt and becomes a horse at 5 years. A 2-year old female horse is called a filly and becomes a mare at 5 years.
20.  In most cases, the foal is born at night, away from danger and prying eyes.
21.   After being born, it only takes a foal about 1-2 hours to stand up and walk.
22.  A foal should weigh approximately 10% of its mother's weight.
23.  Foals are fully grown by 3-4 years of age.
24.   In equestrian circles, horses gain one year in age on New Year’s Day. A horse born on 31 Dec 2009 became a two year old on 01 January 2010.   
25.  The gestation period of a horse is 330 days, or about 11 months. Racehorses are planned for a birth in mid-February or early March.
26.  Horses eat short, juicy grass, and hay. Foods like barley, maize, oats and bran are good   for working horses.
27.   Horses are either a mixture of colors or the same color all over. Horses are usually, black, brown, cream or gray in color.
28.  A horse has two blind spots; one is located directly in front of them while the other is located directly behind.
29.   A breed of horses called Akhal-Teke from Russia can go for days without water or food.
30.  The Lipizzan is not fully grown until it is about seven years of age and is late maturing. They can live for up to 35 years old. Lipizzans aren't truly white. No horse is.
31. One of the few breeds of horses that live in North America is called Mustang.
32.   "Old Billy," was the oldest recorded horse who lived to be 62 years.
33.   Falebella of Argentina, is the smallest breed.
34.   "Little Pumpkin," is the smallest pony in history, it stood 14 inches and weighed 20 lbs.
35.  The rarest breed of horses is the Przewalski. As of January 1998 only 60 Przewalski horses lived in the wild.
36.  Arabian horses have a dished face and many desert tribes believed this horse was a gift from Allah.
37.  The Clydesdale breed are very big and cold-blooded. Before machines were invented, Clydesdales were used for everything.
38.  The Moyle breed was developed in Idaho, by a rancher who traded one of his horses for a Mormon's horse, who had galloped for 28 miles for the Pony Express. The mare was in foal, and gave birth a month later to a filly. This line of horses is recognizable due to the appearance of the frontal bosses above their eyes. There are only two other horse breeds in the world known for having frontal bosses, a strain of Andalusians, and the Datong of China. Another characteristic is that most Moyles do not have chestnuts (the growth on the inside of the front legs).
39.  The fear of horses is called Hippophobia.
40.  Horses were introduced to the Americas by Spanish Conquistadors and explorers in the 16th century.
41.  The Roman Emperor Caligula is famous or infamous for many things, but he was also a horse lover. He was idiosyncratic too, once wanting to make his favorite horse, Incitatus, consul of Rome.     
42.  The moons of Mars are named for the mythical horses that drew the chariot of Mars, the god of war. These two were Phobos and Deimos.
43.  One of the most famous horses in television history is Mr. Ed. His original name was Bamboo Harvester and raised to be a parade and show horse. He lived to be 30 years old and died Feb. 28, 1979.
44.  There have been eleven (11) Triple Crown winners so far: Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed. The last one was in 1978.
45.  Horses' display an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. This is related to their need to flee from predators in the past. Their anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight instinct. 
46.  The Comtois, a light draft horse, is one of the older breeds, thought to originate from horses brought into France by the Burgundians around the 4th century. In the 16th century, the Comtois was used to improve the horses of Burgundy, and was used as a cavalry and artillery horse. The Comtois is a short draft horse, averaging around 14.3 hands. Its color is any variation of the chestnut, with a flaxen mane and tail. Napoleon used this breed for his campaign of Russia.
47.  The Brabant, the heaviest horse breed in the world, weighing as much as 3,000 pounds, originated in Belgium, and was used as a farm horse.
48.  The Canadian Sport Horse and the Canadian Horse are not the same breed, despite the similarity between the names. The Canadian Sport Horse was developed from imported English Thoroughbreds and horses that belonged to the local farmers. They are known for the ability to jump, and excel in events such as jumping, dressage, foxhunting and driving. They can be any color but spotted (Appaloosa). The Canadian Horse was used in the development of the Morgan, and can come in a small variety of colors, mostly browns, bays and blacks.
49.  The Galiceno is a gaited, pony-sized breed from NW Spain, named after their place of origin, the Galicia province of Spain. Some of their ancestors are the Lusitano and Andalusian. They range from 12 to 14.1 hands, technically making them a pony.
50.  As its name suggests, the Hungarian Horse originated in Hungary, with the bloodlines going back several centuries. It's good at many events, including jumping, eventing, dressage and driving. They can be any solid color. Sometimes, a Hungarian Horse will be born with a slate-blue mark in the shape of a three-leaf clover on its muzzle. Such a horse is said to bring the gift of good fortune for the family, and the family would be safe from danger. If a Clover horse was stolen, it would find its way back to the true owner. There is at least one Clover horse alive today (as of 2007), a filly named "Magyar Velvet," the first to be born in 50 years.
51.  The Mangalarga Marchador is the national horse in Brazil, and is the most popular horse in the county. While it was developed in Brazil, it can trace its lineage back to Portugal. The unusual name comes from the hacienda Mangalarga, which was one of the first haciendas to promote the Mangalarga Marchador. The second part of the name comes from the gait, a smooth, rhythmic gait that's natural to the breed.
52.  The Marwari originates in India, and is known for its ears, which are hooked, so much so that the tips touch each other. They are used for endurance and pleasure riding, and dressage.
53.  The Pryor Mountain Mustang originated in the Pryor Mountains, which are between Montana and Wyoming. The Pryor Mountain Mustangs are a gaited breed, with smooth gaits that are good for a person with back knees or a bad back. They are small horses, ranging from 13 to 15 hands. They have the typical conformation for Spanish Colonial horses. They can come in a variety of colors, and many horses have primitive markings, such as zebra striping, cobwebbing and dorsal stripes.
54.  Friesians are mostly black, have feathers and are not allowed to be used for breeding if they have a marking bigger than a five cent piece.
55.  Shetland ponies are stocky, short and have a thick mane and tail. They are very popular among families. Some are so small that even a dog could look down on them!
56.  The Thoroughbred originated in 17th century England. The Thoroughbred is a product of English racing mares and Arabian stallions. Most people are familiar with the three founding stallions, the Godolphin Arabian, the Byerly Turk and the Darly Arabian.
57.  The Thoroughbred is known as a race horse, but is not the fastest racer. In a short race (a quarter of a mile), the Quarter Horse can beat the Thoroughbred.
58.  There is no such thing as an albino horse. There is, however, such thing as a sabino. The white Thoroughbred you may have seen (White Fox) is not an albino, it's a extreme sabino.
59.  The Arabian is one of the oldest and purest breeds, in fact even if a horse is 99.9% Arabian, it is still not considered to be a purebred. Arabian blood is present in most other modern breeds, including the Thoroughbred.
60.  Arabians have one less rib, one less lumbar bone, and one or two fewer tail vertebrae than other horses.
61.  While most horses have only four gaits, the walk, trot, canter, and gallop, there are some breeds noted for additional gaits, usually smoother to ride, e.g. the Peruvian Paso, the Tennessee Walking Horse, and the Icelandic Horse.
62.  A horse with a broken leg can be saved, however it is extremely costly, and hard.
63.  Horse Vision: Most of the time, a horse has "monocular" vision. This means a different image is seen by each eye so that a horse is seeing two different pictures at the same time. A horse can also have "binocular" vision. Binocular vision is when both eyes work together to see one picture (humans have binocular vision). A horse only has binocular vision when it is looking down its nose. However, a horse has a wide range of vision. A horse can see completely around its entire body except for small blind spots directly in front of its face, underneath its head, and directly behind itself. This is why it's very important not to walk up right behind a horse - you are in its blind spot and if you startle it you may get kicked.
64.  Most often, wherever a horse's ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side. If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time. There are exceptions to this. For example, if a horse has its ears pinned back against its neck in anger, this does not mean it is looking backwards with both eyes. 
65.  A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse's eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human's.
66.  Horse Records:
Ø  The tallest horse on record was a Shire named Samson. He was 21.2 hands (7 feet, 2 inches) tall. He was born in 1846 in Toddington Mills, England.
Ø  The oldest horse on record is "Old Billy," an English barge horse. He was 62 years old when he died, living from 1760 to 1822.
Ø  The record for the highest jump made by a horse is held by a horse named Huaso who jumped 8 feet, 1 and 1/4 inches on February 5th, 1949 in Vina del Mar, Chile. He was ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel.
Ø  The record for the longest jump over water is held by a horse named Something who jumped 27 feet, 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25, 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was ridden by Andre Ferreira.
67.  Horses cannot breathe through their mouths (ibid).
68.  Horses have a prehensile upper lip. Prehensile means "adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something." Their upper lips are very sensitive and capable of feeling the smallest of differences in objects.
69.  A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.
70.  A hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey.
71.  A horse's normal body temperature is 100-101°F.
72.  A healthy adult horse should have a pulse of 36 to 40 beats per minute while at rest.
73.  Horses lie down only about 43.5 minutes a day.
74.  A horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day.
75.  A horse has approximately 205 bones.
76. Horses cannot digest their food while lying down so a horse
with a broken leg would have to be kept in a sling for recovery,
something very few horses would tolerate.