30 Fun Facts About Your Horse

  1. A horse’s teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain.
  2. Department stores keep their perfume section near the front of the store because in the Old West, horses pooped on the street
  3. There are more horses in Mongolia than people.
  4. Mongolian tribes were the first to domesticate the horse, about 5000 years ago.
  5. Horses teeth never stop growing
  6. Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day (more in hotter climates).
  7. You can tell if a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin, if it takes time for the skin to return from the pinch, they need water.
  8. Horses have been found in cave paintings that date back to around 15000 B.C.
  9. Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
  10. You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.
  11. A horses stomach should always make gurgling noises, an absence of them can mean colic.
  12. Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
  13. Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  14. Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn.
  15. Horses have a great long term memory, (especially for places they were spooked).
  16. Horses will mourn the passing of a companion.
  17. Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.
  18. Arabian have one fewer vertebrae and one less rib than other breeds.
  19. When cantering, a horse takes a breath with every stride.
  20. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph.
  21. Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a look-out to alert its companions of potential dangers.
  22. Horses can not vomit.
  23. Horses like sweet flavours and will usually reject anything sour or bitter.
  24. Scientists believe that the first known ancestor of the horse lived about 50 million years ago. This prehistoric horse is called Eohippus and had four padded toes on the front legs and three padded toes on the back legs.
  25. A horse’s knee joint is the equivalent to a human wrist, and their hock joint is equivalent to the human ankle.
  26. A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ reportedly lived 62 years.
  27. Ponies live longer than horses and can live well into their 50’s.
  28. Horse hooves are made from the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernails.
  29. It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
  30. The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003.

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  1. Ruth Jacobi says:

    #18 is not true, and it is a falsehood that has been perpetrated ever since I can remember. An individual of the species may lack a vertebrae, but Arabs have the same number vertebrae as any other breed. Don’t try to fact check this one in the usual horse publications, either – you have go to veterinary sources, instead.


    1. Ahh incredibly interesting Ruth !


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