Exploring the world of horses has never been more thrilling! Discovering facts about horses is an incredible way and expand your understanding and ignite a newfound fascination with these majestic beings.
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75 Facts about Horses
- Unlike humans, a horse cannot breathe through their mouths
- Horses can sleep standing up because they have a system of ligaments and tendons that make them able to lock their knees and not fall over and rest.
- Horses have 10 muscles to control their ears making it so they can move their ears almost 180 degrees and that makes them able to hear well.
- A horse can see almost 360 degrees around all except in front of them and behind them.
- A horse has super fast reflexes at a reaction time of 0.3 seconds, whereas a human is at 1.6 seconds.
- In just a few hours after birth, foals can walk.
- Horses are super smart. Did you know that some have been able to learn to tell what they want by touching symbols on a board?
- The breed of horse will influence what color they will be.
- There are ancestors of the horse that lived 55 million years ago.
- Horses like to be in groups and form strong relationships with their herds.
- A horse can not burp or throw up its digestive system only goes one way.
- If you want to know a good estimate of a horse’s age look at its teeth.
- Many horses can live more than 30 years.
- The most popular horse breed in the world is the American Quarter horse.
- Most Arabian horses have one less vertebrae than other horses.
- Horses eat plants and have teeth that help them grind it up.
- Humans domesticated horses more than 3000 years ago.
- If you want to measure a horse you will need the unit of hands which is equal to 4 inches.
- White horses usually start out gray.
- While at rest a horse breathes about 8 to 14 breathes per minute.
- Horses were not originally in North America.
- Baby horses are called foals.
- Prehistoric horses were the size of a golden retriever.
- Male horses are called stallions.
- Female horses are called mares.
- The long horse tail keeps them warm.
- Horseshoes protect the horse hooves.
- A young male horse is called a colt.
- A young female horse is called a filly.
- A horse under 3 feet tall is called a miniature horse.
- Small and miniature horses live longer than regular size horses.
- Horses make facial expressions like humans when they open their eyes really wide they are scared.
- Horses are very strong animals.
- A horse has 205 bones in its body.
- A horse needs to be at least 2 years old before a person rides it.
- There are about 60 million horses both domesticated and wild in the world.
- Stabling a horse for long periods of time is not good for its mental health.
- If you want to reward a horse scratch them instead of pat them.
- A horse will graze up to 17 hours a day.
- A horse that weighs about 1105 pounds needs to drink about 7 gallons of water a day.
- Horses have a third eyelid that will add to the protection of their eyes.
- Male horses have 40 teeth while female horses have 36 teeth.
- Horses can produce up to 10 gallons of saliva a day.
- A horse’s brain weighs about half the weight of a human’s brain.
- Horses do not have collarbones but have muscles and ligaments that hold their shoulders to the rest of their skeleton.
- A horse’s heart is the size of a basketball.
- Horses can usually gallop at about 27 mph but some have been recorded going speeds of 55 mph.
- The fear of horses is Equinophobia.
- It is illegal to let a donkey sleep in a bathtub after 7 pm in Oklahoma.
- It is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse in New York.
- Rhinoceros are related to horses.
- The Przewalski’s horse is the only true wild horse left.
- If the horse is cold behind its ear then the horse is cold as well.
- If a horse has pink skin it can get sunburned.
- A horse’s brain takes up less space in its head than its teeth do.
- Most horses will love sweet things and not sour or bitter things.
- Most horses are born at night.
- Horses’ eyes are very big.
- Horses have better night vision than humans.
- Horses have great memories.
- Horses are not colorblind.
- Horse hooves are made of keratin.
- About 4.6 million Americans work in the horse industry in one way or another.
- Wild horses tend to gather in groups of 3 to 20 horses.
- If you see a horse with a red ribbon on its tail it kicks.
- A horse can read a human’s emotions.
- The oldest horse in the world was 62 years old.
- A horse’s legs are very fragile.
- Horses have a great sense of smell.
- The tallest horse measured 21.25 hands.
- A horse was sold for $70 million which was the most expensive price ever.
- At only 200 left the Sorraia is the rarest horse breed.
- Some horses can grow mustaches.
- The smallest horse measured 17.5 inches tall.
- A horse needs something in their stomachs they do not do well on empty stomachs.
There you have it! So many fun horse facts. If you know any others, add them to the comments so we can add them to the list!
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