Horses’ birthday

The climate doesn’t always co-operate with the calendar about the first day of spring, however whatever the weather, September 1 is the official birthday of all race horses.

Calving starts down here in early August so that’s well through. Lambing starts a couple of weeks later and those downland farms which still have sheep now also have lambs.

[Update: A comment from Steve below tells me I’m a month late – August 1st is the horses’ birthday in the southern hempisphere.]

4 Responses to Horses’ birthday

  1. stef says:

    Interestingly folks who follow the lunar calendar only ‘age’ at new year.

  2. Steve L. says:

    Horses’ birthdays in the southern hemisphere are all on 1st August.
    It is against the Rules of Racing to have a stallion serve a mare in the months of July and August. So today is the stallions’ day.
    This rule was brought in because in Australia, up to several years ago 2 horses were born on 30th and 31st July, but hundreds were born on 1st August. It was a rort that had to be got past.

  3. homepaddock says:

    Thanks for pulling me up and the explanation Steve, I’ve updated the post with the correction.

  4. Info Tween says:

    I’m sorry, I thought it was January 1st? Unless, is that with horses in general?

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