Sport Horse Portrait


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This coloured pencil is a recently completed work. I spent most of my youth riding and training horses for over 20 years. They are my favourite animals on earth.



  • They can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • A horse’s digestive system is a one-way street, unlike cattle and other ruminants who regurgitate food to re-chew it.
  • You can estimate their age by their teeth.
  • They have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
  • At one-time people thought horses were colourblind. They’re not, though they are better at seeing yellows and greens than purples and violets.
  • male horses have 40 while females have 36.
  • A 19th-century horse named ‘Old Billy’ reportedly lived 62 years.
  • From 1867 to 1920, the number of horses shot up from 7.8 million to 25 million.
  • Because their eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph.
  • An adult horse’s brain weighs 22 oz, about half that of a human.
  • There are only one species of the domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds that specialize in everything from pulling wagons to racing.
  • They can see better at night than a human. However, it takes their eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human’s.
  • Wild herds generally gather in groups of 3 to 20 animals.
  • The record for the highest jump is held by a horse named Huaso who jumped 8 feet, 1 and 1/4 inches on February 5th, 1949 in Vina del Mar, Chile.



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Weight .10 kg
Dimensions 9 × 11 × 1 in

8×10 inches, 11×14 inches, 16×20 inch


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