Whether as a means of transport, work, leisure and, more recently, therapy, the relationship between humans and horses dates back centuries

The enduring relationship between people and these delicate and noble steeds is undeniable. Over the centuries, horses have been a constant in our daily lives and have proven invaluable to progress, providing the most varied services. Here we list some “equine curiosities” to honour their character, beauty, dedication and the critical impact they’ve had on human history.

— The life expectancy of a horse is 25 to 40 years

— According to the Guinness Book of Records, the tallest horse in the world, at 210cm, is Big Jake, an 11-year-old Belgian Draft horse.

— The fastest horse breed, the famous thoroughbred (English Thoroughbred or PSI), can run up to


— Horses were introduced to Brazil in the 1530s: the first came in 1534 and landed in São Vicente; the second,

in Pernambuco, in 1535; the third, in Bahia, brought by Tomé de Sousa.

— Cleveland Bay is an English breed that was used to carry artillery during World War I. As of 1960, there

were only four stallions in the UK.

Upon learning this, Queen Elizabeth II purchased a horse named Mulgrave Supreme, which was sent to breed. After 15 years, there were at least 36 stallions across the country.

These horses remain rare today; there are between 500 and 800 worldwide.

— Royal Ascot, inaugurated in 1711, is England’s most important turf event. The five-day meet is a

favourite among royals and high society. There are 18 highly contested races (eight from Group I, the highest

tier of thoroughbred) and millions of pounds in prizes, making the racing festival one of the most important of

the international calendar.

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