Sunday, January 01, 2006

Sing Happy Birthday To Your Favorite Horse

by: BonnieBlueFlag

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, dear Horsey,
Happy Birthday to you.

Today horses everywhere will be wearing party hats, and eating carrot cakes that say "Happy Birthday."

New Year's Day is the official birth date of all horses living in the Northern Hemisphere. Any colt or filly that was born from January to December of 2005, will turn one year old today, January 1, 2006, and all the others will add one year to their age of record.

This age arrangement was done quite some time ago for the convenience of the breeders, and for record keeping with registered horses, such as Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and Paints.

The natural breeding season for mares is from March to October, with a pregnancy that lasts for approximately 11 months.

However, with new veterinary techniques, the normal breeding season can be extended, and the ideal January birth of a potential racing colt is possible.

So when you place your bet on one of the "Three Year Olds" in the next Kentucky Derby, remember that they may not all be at the same stage of development, even though they are all considered to be three years old.


  • BonnieBlueFlag, how did you ever find a photo of a horse with a party hat on?! I must say he...she?...looks quite happy with the present and the cake...carrot cake of course! Very interesting about the way that birthdays are calculated, and thanks for the tip about betting on the Derby.

    By Anonymous Pindar, at January 01, 2006 11:03 PM  

  • I bet some man made that decision because we girls really don't want to rush that extra year for heaven sakes!

    Beautiful pictures but I think that one with the hat also had some punch!

    Happy Birthday Horsey!!!

    By Blogger Connie and Rob, at January 02, 2006 7:05 AM  

  • Pindar, I set out to find a picture of a horse wearing a party hat, one that looked like the picture in my mind, and believe me, it took some time. I don't have Photoshop, so that was not an option. By now you must know how determined I can be about some things. So, I was really tickled when I found this picture, and I thought you all would get a kick out of it too.

    Connie and Rob, do you think that maybe the carrots in the cake fermented while baking? Hummm.

    By Blogger BonnieBlueFlag, at January 02, 2006 9:41 AM  

  • happy birthday!


    By Anonymous nikki, at January 02, 2006 10:09 PM  

  • I vote for this with people too - -then we could all be at least a few months younger - -that is -- those of us who aren't born on January 1 anyway! Great post!

    By Blogger Aussiegirl, at January 03, 2006 7:02 PM  

  • Happy New Year, Bonnie!!! Hope it's a fabulous one for you.

    Those horses were gorgeous. I go to an annual Kentucky Derby party every year but we pay for a balloon with a horse in it, so I don't get to choose which horse I'm betting on. ;) But I got Smarty Jones the year Smarty won!!!

    By Blogger Esther, at January 06, 2006 11:55 PM  

  • Smarty Jones! Aren't you one lucky duck.

    By Blogger BonnieBlueFlag, at January 07, 2006 1:18 PM  

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