A horse is a mammal of the genus Equus Caballus. Many breeds have been developed for different purposes, from small ponies to large draft horses. The domestic horse of today has a life expectancy of 25-30 years, though they can live older, as in the case of "Old Billy", a nineteenth-century horse that lived to the age of 62. Horses have three basic gaits: the walk, trot, and canter. There are gaited breeds that will have gaits in addition to, or instead of, these three. Such gaited horses may pace instead of trot, rack, fox trot, running walk, Indian shuffle, and others. Some gaited breeds include the Tennessee Walking Horse, the American Saddlebreed, the Paso Fino, Missouri Fox Trotter, Standardbred, Tiger Horse (a gaited Appaloosa), and many others. These gaited breeds are usually easier to ride than a conventional breed.

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