ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Horse Questions You Never Thought to Ask

Updated on March 11, 2014
DonnaCSmith profile image

Donna Campbell Smith is an author, freelance writer, and photographer. She has an AAS degree in equine tech and is a certified instructor.


Having volunteered twenty-plus years in the 4-H horse program I have coached a few quiz bowl teams. Most questions in those contests come from horse science textbooks, dealing with equine anatomy, physiology and health. Horse management, colors, breeds and horsemanship are also covered. A few trivia questions can be found in a junior contest. These Q & A are some of the easy ones in a Junior contest (ages 9-13) Senior contestants (ages 14-18) have to answer much harder questions.

Even if you do not have a 4-H or Pony Club at your barn it might be fun to organize a quiz bowl or trivia game for your riding students to play on a rainy day. You can turn almost any board game into a horse trivia game by requiring a player to answer a question before moving the token on the board. Just print the Q & A on index cards and have them draw a card. Roll the dice, answer the question and move the token. If they get the question wrong they forfeit their turn.

Q & A

Q. What are distal spots?

A. Dark spots found on a white coronet band.

Q. What are two coat colors a horse can have with a white mane and tail?

A. Chestnut and palomino

Q. What are four face markings that have more white than a blaze?

A. Bald face, medicine hat, bonnet face, and apron face.

Q. What is the difference between a roan and a gray horse?

A. A roan has a mixture of white and dark hairs at birth and stays the same throughout its lifetime. A gray is born a solid color. Gray hairs develop and progress with age, turning the horse lighter as it gets older.

Q. What is a tapadera?

A. A stirrup cover.

Q. A pigeon toed horse will do what when it travels?

A. Paddle

Q. Name the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is run.

A. Churchill Downs

Q. What do you call the deep grooves on either side of the frog?

A. Commissures

Q. What bone is dislocated when a horse is stifled?

A. The patella

Q. Name the two draft horse breeds that originated in England.

A. Shire and Suffolk.

Q. Name the order in which a judge will call for the gaits of five-gaited horses.

A. Walk, trot, slow gait, rack, and canter.

Q. Describe the details of the processional horse that symbolizes that a leader or warrior has died.

A. The horse is properly saddled and led by a uniformed officer. Cavalry boots with spurs are reversed in the stirrup irons and a saber hangs from the right side of the saddle.

Q. What is the medical name for swamp fever?

A. Equine Infectious Anemia

Q. What is the primary cause of a horse barn fire?

A. Careless smoking or use of smoking materials

Q. Why is molasses added to a grain ration?

A. To settle dust and make it taste good.

Q. When would you hear the cry, "Tally Ho?"

A. At a fox hunt when the fox has been sighted.

Q. In which direction should a hoof pick be used?

A. From heel to toe.

Q. Name the breed whose name was taken from the Palouse River?

A. Appaloosa

Q. What is a sprinter?

A. A racehorse that performs best at distances of a mile or less.

Q. The Moab is the product of what two breeds?

A. Morgan and Arabian

Q. What is the maximum height of a pony?

A. 14.2 hands or 58".

Q. How many beats does a canter have?

A. Three

Q. What are the three horse feed classifications?

A. Roughage, concentrates, and mixed feeds.

Q. What are the five coat color variations?

A. Dun, gray, palomino, paint or pinto, and roan.

Q. What is the primary cause of saddle sores?

A. Friction between the saddle or harness and the horse.

Q. How many bones are in the neck of the horse?

A. Seven, as in all mammals.

© 2008 Donna Campbell Smith


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Rebecca Conti 

      7 months ago

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      6 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Kelsee, there are ride and shoot contests

      Those horses seem fine with the noise. You'll have to ask a vet about the headaches. I have no idea.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      When should i stop shooting a gun around me 28 year old mare? And could it give her a heartache?

    • profile image

      Emily breedlove 

      7 years ago

      I what to call to see if i can do summer camp in md with a horse I have my own their

    • profile image

      mack bobby 

      8 years ago

      Hey if my horse is over wieght do i have 2 put it on a drylot or what?

      ps, sHE IS A HAFLINGER

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      hey sally plz cn u tell me if a horse is in a paddock with 2others and is constantly harrassed by them will his spiritual wellbeing be ok he is a gd boy but often gets "bullied" and yet pines 4them when he cant see them,i have no other grazin 4him yet so have 2stay put but i need reassurance that he is ok,his bestie paddock m8 died a week ago so he has no1 else but the "bullies" i would greatly appreciate your advice

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      9 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Sally, I have never heard that before. I would say it would not be true as long as the horse is healthy and properly cooled and rested between rides. Many lesson horses are used more than once a day for example, and many times depending on the lesson and weather will sweat each time they are worked.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      is it true nthat you cannot sweat up a horse twice in 1 day???

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      This is great. Great Idea!!

      I have a trivia in the Arab breed which gait is most proficient?

      Thanks a lot for the idea.


    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      9 years ago from Central North Carolina

      Horses carry most of their weight on the forehand, so I would think the inside foreleg feels the most impact.

    • profile image

      Sophie Long 

      9 years ago

      Where is the weight distributed when a horse is lunged?

      Knowing this would help me so much when assesing lameness! So when lunging a horse which side does it put more weight on - the inside or the out? Most people would say inside but I have always noticed when ice skating that my outside leg seems to hurt more - due to more flexion of joints or carrying more weight - maybe both? In greyhound racing the incidence of outside leg injuries is much greater than inside leg as well.

    • profile image

      George Rendier 

      9 years ago

      What is the Dawson Equine Leg Brace.

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      10 years ago from Central North Carolina

      HI, kristin, I coached a 4-H quiz bowl team for many years and most of these came from our study questions. But I also know most of them having worked with horses 30+ years.

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      I like these questions! Did you find them on a website or just know them yourself?

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Great questions i can use these in my lesson

    • DonnaCSmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Campbell Smith 

      10 years ago from Central North Carolina

      LOL, glad you had fun with the Q&As.

    • dana825 profile image


      10 years ago from Chicago

      I feel smart! I knew most of these. I guess it helps to be working with horses but it still makes me feel smart! It's good info.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)