Fun Facts About Horses!

Did you know horses have graced the Earth for over 50 million years! Intelligent, athletic and powerful, there is lots we already know about these amazing creatures, but also lots we can still learn from them. Did you know, for example, horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land?

We decided to compiled a list of other fun facts you might not know and will find interesting!

 

  • Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal
  • Horses can run within hours after birth
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton
  • Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph)
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph)
  • Horses can run shortly after birth
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up 
  • When horses look like they’re laughing, they’re actually engaging in a special nose-enhancing technique known as “flehmen,” to determine whether a smell is good or bad
  • Horse hooves are made from the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernails
  • A horse's teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain
  • The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse species still in existence. The only wild population is in Mongolia. There are however numerous populations across the world of feral horses e.g. mustangs in North America
  • Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions
  • An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human
  • Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a look-out to alert its companions of potential dangers
  • Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter
  • Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day
  • The average horse's heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds
  • It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof

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