Until the early 1900s the horse was an essential part of everyday life. Once the industrial revolution started, machines replaced the many jobs that horses had done previously. Did you know that in 1915 there were more than 21 million horses in the United States, but by 1955 their number had dropped to only a little more than 3 million. A special survey published in 1966 indicated that there had been a great increase in the population of light horses. Light horses are used by people who enjoy horse riding for pleasure. Many light horses are bred these days for this purpose only. The anatomy of a horse is splendid, it has strength, grace, speed and beauty. You may like to examine a horse's head and body, its legs and feet and notice how marvelous this creature is. The birth of a foal is also something to experience should you ever have this opportunity. Special horse trainers can perform amazing feats with these animals. Horses come in many colours and markings black, brown, bay, chestnut, dun, grey, palomino and roan. 

YOUR TASK: There have been many famous horses over the centuries and even today you will hear about famous horses. Below is a list of some of these famous horses of the past. Choose one and research as much information as you can. Write an essay about the famous horse of your choice.

  • Trojan Horse
  • Black Beauty
  • Iroquois
  • Bulle Rock
  • Traveller
  • Ching Chui
  • Byerly Turk
  • Darley Arabian
  • Justin Morgan
  • Sleepy Tom
  • Sultan
  • Marengo
  • Flicka

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There are also several famous Australian horses of recent times. You can choose one of them instead of the choice given above.

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