Horse a very interesting creatures. Check out these fun facts to learn more about them!

  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can run shortly after birth.
  • Horses can swim!
  • Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their body.
  • Horses have a normal body temperature of 99-100 deg.
  • Horses have a respiration rate of 8 – 15 breaths per minute and a resting pulse of 40 – 50 beats per minute.
  • Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.
  • Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
  • Horse’s eyes are on the side of their head and can see nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
  • Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.
  • A male horse is called a stallion.
  • A female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt.
  • A young female horse is called a filly.
  • Ponies are small horses
  • Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a look-out to alert its companions of potential dangers.
  •  Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood.
  •  An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.
  • Horses can not vomit.
  • Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
  • On the underside of a horse’s hoof is a triangular shaped area called the “frog,” which acts as a shock absorber for a horse’s leg.
  •  Horses height is measured in units known as “hands.” One hand is equal to four inches.
  • The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds. It was said that the great Secretariat had a heart more than 2 times the normal size. It was estimated at a whopping 22 lbs!
  • Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day.
  • It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
  • Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
  • For a regular horse, their top speed is approximately 27 miles per hour, although the fastest horse ever recorded could reach 55 miles per hour!
  • Horses are pregnant for 11 to 12 months.
  • Most female horses have 36 teeth. Most male horses have 40-42 teeth.
  • Some males have canine fighting teeth between their molars.
  • Foals are usually born toothless with incisors appearing in 8-10 days.
  • A unit of horsepower equals the power needed to lift 165 lbs (75 KG) to a height of 27 inches (68.5 CM) in one second.
  • The average horse is capable of producing 10-13 units of horsepower.

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