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1. A horse's hoof is always growing, just like your fingernails, so shoes need to be re-fitted regularly.

2. You should always mount a horse from its left (near) side.

3. A red ribbon in a horse's tail indicates that it may kick, so you should stay away.

4. A male foal up to three years old is called a colt.

5. Yes, horses do make friends and will often have a special 'buddy'.