Fun facts about Horses

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 Horse hooves grow approximately 0.25 in a month, and take nearly a year to grow from the coronet band to the ground. In the state of Arizona, it is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their spurs. Cross-country jumps are marked with a red flag on the right side and a white flag on the left side; the horse has to jump through these two flags or it is considered out of bounds and you are disqualified.
  • A healthy adult horse should have a pulse of between 36 and 40 beats per minute while at rest
  • Arabians have one less rib, one less lumbar bone, and one or two fewer tail vertebrae than other horses.
  • One of the first horses was called a Hyracotherium. It lived about 50 million years ago and was as tall as a fox. It had toes! This horse changed over millions of years to become a modern horse.
  • Camargue horses are completely white as adults. Their babies are pure black when they are born.
  • There is a breed of horse from Russia called Akhal-Teke. It can go for days without food or water.
  • You measure a horse’s height in hands. Each hand equals four inches. If you say a horse is 16.2 hands high, the 2 stands for 2 fingers.
  • You can tell how old a horse is by how many teeth it has. A horse gets all of its teeth by the time it is five years old. After that, they just get longer.
  • A female horse is called a mare. In the wild it is the mare that decides when the herd moves on to another spot to find food.
  • A male horse is called a stallion. Usually only one stallion will stay with a herd.
  • Any marking on a horse’s forehead is called a star, even if it is not shaped like a star.
  • Horses and ponies feel safer when they are in a herd.
  • A hoof is like a fingernail. It is always growing and needs to be clipped so that it won’t be uncomfortable for the horse.
  • A farrier is a person who makes horse shoes and fits them on your horse. They also clip hooves to keep them from getting overgrown.
  • A horse can move in four ways: walk, trot, canter, and gallop. A gallop is the fastest gait.
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).
  • A young male horse is called a colt.
  • A young female horse is called a filly.
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can run shortly after birth.
  • Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
  • A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
  • Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  • Horses do not have a gall bladder.
  • Stallions will fight over females but generally not over territory.
  • Horses have better memories than elephants.
  • A horse’s teeth take up more space in their head then their brain.
  • Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth and females 36
  • In Australia, there were no horses until 1788
  • The American Quarter Horse is The World’s Most Popular Breed
  •  Horses Were Domesticated By Humans About 3500 BC
  • The rarest breed of horse, which is likely to become extinct, is the Abaco Barb from the Bahamas. In October 2010, only five were in existence and attempts to increase the herd have not been successful
  • The smallest horse in the world is only 14 inches tall. His name is Einstein and he was born in New Hampshire, USA.

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