Fun horse facts
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A horse’s range of vision is 350 degrees with two small blind spots, one directly in front and one directly behind them.
Horses cannot breathe through their mouth, only through their nose.
Horses usually gallop at around 27 mph, but the fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph.
There are around 350 breeds and types of horses around the world.
Most of the white horses that you see were actually a much darker color at birth and gradually turn white. These ‘white’ horses may start out as bay, chestnut, or almost black. Of course, these horses aren’t actually called white, but grey…
Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn
Most of the time, wherever a horse's ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side.
If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time.
In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride an ‘ugly horse.’ Do so and you risk a $300 fine.
Horses in Burns, Oregon, are allowed into the town’s taverns with their owner — provided their owner has paid for their admission, of course. (Haven’t tested this, but I kind of want to)
You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears.
If that area is cold, so is the horse.
Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
This is roughly 40 times the amount humans produce.
Horses have a sense of humor.
A fun horse fact is that horses are just that - funny! According to Dr. Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, DACVN, horses exhibit many “playful” behaviors throughout their life such as playing tag, mock fights, or nipping.
Horses use their ears, eyes, and nostrils to express their mood.
They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions. They can also understand human expressions and remember a person’s previous emotional state, adapting their behavior accordingly. This ability comes naturally to horses as they have complex facial expressions themselves.
Horses remember a lot.
You may have heard that elephants have an extremely superior memory. Did you know that horses are considered second in rank when it comes to memory in animals after elephants? Horses have great memories!
All existing horse breeds fit into five categories: hot-blooded, warm-blooded, cold-blooded/draft, pony, and miniature.
Hot-blooded horses include the Arabian, Thoroughbred, and Barb breeds with origins in the Middle East. In contrast, cold-blooded (heavy) horses and ponies developed in northern Europe. A warm blood horse refers to any breed whose ancestors were crosses between hot-blooded and cold-blooded/pony type breeds. Finally, miniature horse breeds are scaled-down versions of their big cousins with a specified maximum height.
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