Ultimate Horse Quiz Questions and Answers

Everybody place your bets, it’s time to compete for first place in the equine trivia event! Get ready for some horse play with these horse quiz questions!

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Were you an avid reader of The Saddle Club and Pony Pals, spending your days dreaming about owning a horse? Or were you one of the lucky few who attended riding school, or spent your summers playing polo?

No matter how close you’ve actually been to these majestic creatures, you won’t be surprised to hear that there is a lot to know about them. Well, if you love anything to do with riding, then it’s time to test your knowledge with these horse quiz questions.

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How well do you know your horses?

To ace these horse questions you’ll have to know a lot about horses, riding and other facts.

For example, do you know how many bones are in a horses body? Can you name a horse according to its age and gender? Have you heard which horse runs the fastest? Are you acquainted with the different equine sporting events? Better giddy up and get studying!

This collection of trivia quiz questions can make a great equine themed round at the next trivia night you run, or if you’re running a pony pals themed party. They will also get you in good stead for your next pub trivia night.

Time to saddle up, get to the starting line, and see how many of these horse quiz questions you can get right.

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Right, it’s time to put your horse knowledge to the test!

Horse Trivia Questions

1. What is the standard unit of measurement when measuring a horse?

2. There are three equestrian Olympic sports. What are they called?

3. Generally speaking, how many bones does a horse have?

4. World famous horse race the Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday of May each year. Which year was this race inaugurated?

5. What do you call a newborn horse?

6. Which horse holds the Guinness World Record for fastest recorded time over two furlongs?

7. Are equines carnivores, herbivores or omnivores?

8. Which country has the largest population of horses?

9. When measuring a horse’s height, you measure from the ground to where?

10. What is the name of a person who affixes shoes to a horse?

11. The world record for most runners in a horse race was set in 2013, with a total of 4,249 competitors crossing the finish line. Where did this race take place?

12. A female foal that has been weaned is called either a weanling or a…?

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Did you know there are horses out in the wild too?

13. What is the name for a castrated male horse that is at least 2 years old?

14. True or False: Donkeys, Horses, Ponies and Zebras all belong in the equine family.

15. What is the name given to the event where competitors perform gymnastics, either solo, in pairs or as a team, while atop a horse?

16. How long after birth before a newborn horse can start to walk: hours, days, or weeks?

17. What was the largest sum of money paid for a draft horse in US$: $49,990, $81,550, $112,500, or $168,900?

18. Approximately how many months long is the normal gestation period for a pregnant horse?

19. Where does the Clydesdale breed of horse originate from?

20. Which medieval sport involved two mounted riders trying to strike each other with blunted lances?

21. Appaloosa horses have which distinct feature on their coats?

22. At which racecourse is famous British steeplechase the Grand National held?

23. Which 2011 Steven Spielberg movie featured a horse named Joey?

24. A horses’ father is called its what?

25. In horse races, distances are often described in furlongs. How many feet to a furlong?

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It’s time to find out if you were a winner or not!

Horse Trivia Questions and Answers

1. What is the standard unit of measurement when measuring a horse?

Hands. One hand is equal to 4 inches.

2. There are three equestrian Olympic sports. What are they called?

Dressage, three-day eventing, and show jumping

3. Generally speaking, how many bones does a horse have?

205, though some Arabian horses have 1 less lumbar vertebrae and set of ribs than other horses. Humans have between 206 and 213 bones.

4. World famous horse race the Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, USA on the first Saturday of May each year. Which year was this race inaugurated?

1875. This makes it one of the oldest horse races in the world.

5. What do you call a newborn horse?

A foal

6. Which horse holds the Guinness World Record for fastest recorded time over two furlongs?

Winning Brew, the name says it all! Winning Brew, a thoroughbred, gained that title with a speed of 43.96 miles (70.76  km) per hour.

7. Are equines carnivores, herbivores or omnivores?

Herbivores

8. Which country has the largest population of horses?

The USA, which is home to more than 10 million horses!

9. When measuring a horse’s height. You measure from the ground to where?

Its withers, which is the area where the shoulder blades meet the neck.

10. What is the name of a person who affixes shoes to a horse?

A Farrier

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A farrier is one of the oldest jobs around

11. The world record for most runners in a horse race was set in 2013, with a total of 4,249 competitors crossing the finish line. Where did this race take place?

Mongolia. The riders varied in age between 7 and 79 years old!

12. A female foal that has been weaned is called either a weanling or a…?

Filly

13. What is the name for a castrated male horse that is at least 2 years old?

A gelding. Their non-castrated counterparts are called stallions. These are the ones used to mate.

14. True or False: Donkeys, Horses, Ponies and Zebras all belong in the equine family.

True

15. What is the name given to the event where competitors perform gymnastics, either solo, in pairs or as a team, while atop a horse?

Equestrian vaulting, also known simply as vaulting.

16. How long after birth before a newborn horse can start to walk: hours, days, or weeks?

Hours

17. What was the largest sum of money paid for a draft horse in US$: $49,990, $81,550, $112,500, or $168,900?

$112,500. In 2003 this amount was paid for a 2 year old Belgian stallion in Illinois, USA.

18. Approximately how many months long is the normal gestation period for a pregnant horse?

11 months

19. Where does the Clydesdale breed of horse originate from?

Scotland

20. Which medieval sport involved two mounted riders trying to strike each other with blunted lances?

Jousting

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It’s hard to believe jousting used to be a sport

21. Appaloosa horses have which distinct feature on their coats?

Spots

22. At which racecourse is famous British steeplechase the Grand National held? 

Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, UK, which has been an (almost) annual event since 1823!

23. Which 2011 Steven Spielberg movie featured a horse named Joey?

War Horse. It’s impossible to watch this without crying!

24. A horses’ father is called its what?

Sire, its mother is called its Dam.

25. In horse races, distances are often described in furlongs. How many feet to a furlong?

660 feet (~201m)


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