Fun Facts About Horses – Lets Take A Few Moments To Learn Something New

Throughout this website so far I have, for the most part been all business. Let’s take a few moments to learn some fun facts about horses, and relax a bit. We can not be all business all the time. Well we can, but that just wouldn’t be any fun. Let me know in the comments below if you learned anything new today, or if you know any facts I did not mention here, and would like to share just add them below. Kids Under House With Donkey

 

Bones

Horses have around 205 bones in their bodies! Wow that is a lot! Humans have around 270 when they are born, but after we grow, and our bones fuse together we have only about 206!

A horses knee joint is equal to a human wrist joint, and their hock joint is like a human ankle!Horse Bones

Babies

A foal (baby horse) can walk shortly after birth, and even run!

A foal is born with their hooves covered in a soft tissue to make sure they do not hurt their mothers, or damage their birthing canals. This coating of tissue is called several things including, foal slippers, fairy slippers, leaves, gills, fingers, and golden hooves.

Mouth Breathers, No Way

No way! Horses can only breathe through their noses!

They breathe about 4 breathe per minute resting

Heart

A horses heart is about the size of a basketball! Now that’s a lot of heart!

Saliva

Horses produce about 10 gallons of saliva A DAY! That is a lot of spit!

Clone

The first time a horse was clones was in 2003, and was a Halflinger mare in Italy. Now that is some crazy science!

Ears

If a horse is cold then the area behind their ears will be cold to the touch.

Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, and can rotate them 180 degrees!

Eyes

Horses have the largest eyes of any mammal found on land.

They can see almost 360 degrees! Talk about eyes in the back of your head!

Vomit

Horses can not vomit due to the strong muscles around their esophagus. Their stomachs would explode before they vomit.

Cut grass can give them colic if ingested. It can have to many fermented carbohydrates

Skin

Horses with pink skin can get sunburn, and so can humans with the same.

Teeth

The best way to determine a horses age is by looking at its teeth.

As horses get older their adult teeth push out the baby teeth they start with, just like humans. By the time they become adults male horses have around 40, and females have around 35.

A horses teeth never stop growing.

Mourning

Horses can, and will mourn, and become visibly depressed if a loved one dies.

Horses In Winter

Social

Horses are very social animals, and can become lonely if left alone. Humans, and horses have a lot in common.

They usually live in herds.

The closest relative to a horse is actually the rhino! WOW!

Horses are more closely related to extinct perissodactyls than they are to goats, pigs, and other farm animals.

Sleep

Horses sleep standing up, but can also sleep laying down. I prefer to lay down.

Size

The original horse was no larger than a golden retriever! Wouldn’t that be adorable, but you would not be able to ride it!

Horses are measured in hands. One hand is equal to 4 inches.

Horses are measured from the ground to the highest part of the withers, which is the ridge between the shoulder blades.

Loving Companions

Horses have been domesticated for around 5,000 years! Our world has always had a love for horses!

Male, or Female That Is The Question

A female horse is called a mare (over 4 years). A male is called a stallion (over 4 years). While a young female is a filly, and a young male is a colt.

Food & Drink

Horses are herbivores. They do not eat meat!

On a normal day a horse needs to drink at least 10 to 12 gallons of water a day, but can drink up to 25 gallons! Remember they make 10 gallons of saliva, so they need a lot of water!

An average sized horse (about 1,000 pounds) needs to eat at least 10 to 20 pounds of hay per day. Around 2% of body weight.

Life

Horeses can live up to 25, or 30 years!

Horses have lived longer though, and the oldest horse lived to be 62 years old, and died in 1822. His name was Old Billy. I wonder if they named him Billy, and then changed it later?

Brains

A horses brain is about 1 to 4 inches. About 2.5 inches on average. Way smaller than their heart! 

A horses teeth actually take up more room in its head than its brain!

Horses are smart enough to figure out how to open doors, and latches.

The horse head in God Father the movie is a real horse that was decapitated.

Is That Horse Smiling At Me?

When a horse curls his lip up to seem like he is smiling he is actually trying to smell you better. He is directing scent to a certain olfactory gland in the back of its nasal passage. 

Learn Something New Every Day

Learn something new every day is what I always say. You are never to old to learn something new, and it is always a good thing to learn new things. I hope that you enjoyed my facts about horses. I know I had fun taliking about them, and look forward to adding more as I learn new things, every day! As always y’all take care, and I will hollar at you later! 

about author

Staci Jones

stacimjones@yahoo.com

<p>I live in a small town in Arkansas, and am the mother of 5 wonderful children. Wanting to do big things with my life, and working hard to get there. I have always had a passion for horses, and a compassion for people. I strive to make the world a better place, and bring joy any way I can.</p>

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