Horse Facts You Should Know

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If you are fond of horses, then we have some fun horse facts to amuse you. These facts are bits of information on horses. You should know that there is a difference between colts, filly, ponies, and horses. Let us find out more about their sleeping habits, habitats, and how fast they can run.

Horse Facts You Should Know
Horse Facts You Should Know

Horse Facts

  • Horses can run in a few minutes just after being born.
  • These animals are capable of napping while standing and sleeping.
  • Horses are herbivores animals and do not eat meat.
  • They generally have a life span of around 25 years.
  • Horses have been tamed and domesticated for more than 5000 years.
  • Their eyes are bigger than any other mammal on the land.
  • Once a horse named ‘Old Billy’ lived for 62 years. He was a horse from the 19th century.
  • Having their eyes on both sides of their head, these creatures can enjoy a 360 degrees view at a time.
  • They can gallop at a speed of 27 mph or 44 kph.
  • A male horse is known as a stallion, while a female horse is known as a mare. A young male horse is called a colt while a young female horse is known as a filly. A horse baby is known as a foal.
  • There was a horse who ran the fastest at the speed of 88 kph.
  • A pony is a hybrid between a horse and a donkey.
  • Horses are said to have been evolved from much smaller creatures over 50 million years.
  • Sometimes, it may seem like a horse is laughing, but actually, they are only engaging in a nose-enhancing technique to determine whether a smell is bad or good. This technique is known as ‘flehmen’.

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  • Horses are not colorblind, but they tend to see yellows and greens better than violets or purples.
  • Their teeth take up more space in their heads and their brains get very little space.
  • Male horses have 40 teeth and female horses have 36. This is a key factor to differentiate their genders.
  • The Przewalski’s horse is a species of wild horses native to Mongolia. They are the only wild horse species in existence today. There are numerous populations across the world of feral horses.
  • An adult horse’s brain weighs 22 ounces, which is half the size of humans.
  • Horses often communicate their feelings through expressions. They use their nostrils, eyes, and ears to showcase their feelings or moods.
  • Not all horses lie down at the same time, because at least one of them stands to act as a guard and alert them in case of danger.
  • Horses use different sounds to communicate with each other. Stallions roar when giving mating calls. All horses snort to alert others of possible dangers and they neigh or whinny when they meet or leave each other.
Horse Facts You Should Know
Horse Facts You Should Know

These are some fun facts about horses. They have also been used as a mode of transport since time immemorial. Horses have been loyal partners for men during war and in ancient times.

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