Most people will agree that equines are fascinating creatures to exist on planet Earth. You may not know the feeling of riding a horse, but you will love to study their lives. There are many things to explore when it comes to horses and their uniqueness. So, let’s jump into learning about some interesting facts about the beautiful animals:
Equines Sleep While Standing Up
Yes, horses mostly sleep in the standing position most of the time. It is rare when they lie down for sleep. Even if they lie down, it is not proper sleep but for short times. Their legs have “stay apparatus” so the leg muscles feel relaxed and they can doze easily.
Yeah, it’s true that no horse can burp, like the way we humans do. Also, they are unable to breathe and vomit through their mouth like humans. The reason behind this difference with humans is the digestive system of the horse. It is a one-way path, unlike the cattle, and all other ruminants. However, with a one-way digest system, they can process tough fibrous foods with efficiency. But the long- one-directional system sometimes causes a problem which results in colic.
Age Estimation Of Equines By Their Teeth
It is not possible to guess the exact age of any horse by their teeth. However, you can at least estimate their age based on their teeth. Every horse needs equine dental care to have healthy teeth. However, many times, a horse can live longer than the teeth do. Therefore, one has to put extra care when they are feeding any senior horse with no teeth.
More Than 30 Years Old!
Many people don’t know how long a horse lives. Surprisingly the life expectancy of horses has increased from before. The introduction to horse nutrition, veterinary medicine, and horse care has increased the life of equine longevity.
Most Popular Breed- The American Quarter Equines
Do you know why the American Quarter horse has been the most popular breed in the world? These mounts are good for riding even when you are a beginner or a professional horseman. So, if one starts horse riding with an American Quarter horse, he/she likely to stay with these breed for the rest of the riding journey.
One Less Vertebrae Than Others!
Oh, not all horse breeds have one fewer vertebrae, but one, that’s Arabian horse breed. The Arabian horse belongs to the light horse breeds. In the light horse category, the horses show various unique characteristics than others. And for the Arabian horse, the characteristic is, they have one fewer vertebrae, tail bone, and rib than any other horse breeds. However, they have elegance, intelligence, and spirit, which are a great contribution to all light horse breeds.
Horses Live In Herds
Horses of all breeds love to have some companions to live a comfortable life. So, even if a horse lives in the wild, they will have small herds. Even domestic horse feels more relaxed and happy with other companions. When it comes to living alone, a horse will feel extreme stress. So, it is ideal for keeping horses with their equine friends.