Here are some pictures of what Achan’s horses from the Blood of Kings trilogy look like, along with some interesting facts I learned about the animals.
*You mount on the left side of the horse.
*You can steer with the reins, but most horses can take signals from your legs alone.
Type of Movement and Speed
Walk- 3 to 5 mph (makes a four-beat movement or sound)
Trot- 8 to 10 mph (makes a two-beat movement)
Canter- 9-15 mph (makes a three-beat movement)
Gallop- 25 to 30 mph (makes a four-beat movement)
*A horse can travel 30 miles in one day, comfortably.
*A horse can travel 50-60 miles a day, driven to a ragged and dangerous state.
*A team of six horses pulling a light carriage will go faster and farther than a single horse pulling a very heavy wagon.
*Horses are measured in hands. Hands are from the ground to the withers. Measure the horse three times and take the average if you have to.
6 hands- 24 inches- There have been a few Miniature Horses reported at this height.
8 hands- 32 inches- Good average for Miniature Donkey height.
11 hands- 44 inches- Standard donkeys in this height range. Common height for most zebras.
13 hands- 52 inches- Considered Pony height in horse breeds.
15 hands- 60 inches- Typical for many saddle horse breeds.
16 hands- 64 inches- Typical range for draft horses and many saddle horse breeds.
17 hands- 68 inches- Commonly seen in some draft horse breeds.
18 hands- 72 inches- Few horses reach this height.
19 hands- 76 inches- (6 foot 4 inches at the withers) Taller than most men.
21.2 ½ hands- 86 ½ inches- Tallest horse ever documented (back in 1850).
Colt- boy baby horse
Filly- girl baby horse
Foal- baby horse up to one year of age
Gelding- castrated male horse
Mare- female horse
Pony- small, usually less than 14.2 hands high. Used by ladies, to pull carts, or as pack horses.
Stallion- male horse; sometimes called a “stud horse” in the US only. Stallions are aggressive and are ridden by experts.
Yearling- a horse in the second year of its life. Too young to ride.
Courser- a swift and strong horse chosen for its speed.
Destrier- a superior war horse selected for brute strength and used for battle and tournaments.
Festrier- a giant horse I made up for my Blood of Kings trilogy. Think giant destrier.
Rouncy- an ordinary, all-purpose horse, often used as a pack horse.
Other Interesting Facts
*Wild horses can survive on grass alone, but horses that are going to pull or carry weight need grains to give their body strength. Horses also like apples, eggs, buts, legumes, root vegetables, and salt to help their digestion.
*Give a horse water in the morning and night, and allow it to drink any time water is available.
*Most horses aren’t ridden until at least four years old. Breaking and training may start earlier.
*Gestation- 330 to 350 days
*Horses tend to live to be 27 to 28 years old.
*Vets look at a horse’s teeth to determine age