15 Unbelievable Facts About Horses

It’s often said that a dog is a man’s best friend. However, there are a lot of people who would disagree with that and say that horses are their best friends. And that is because they are very useful and, usually, friendly. So a lot of different cultures used them for many different reasons, mainly for transportation. However, even though there have been many centuries of human-horse interaction, there are still many things that most people don’t know about these magnificent creatures. So, let’s talk about those. Let’s talk about 15 Unbelievable Facts About Horses.

Horses and humans have a very long relationship.
  1. Horses can sleep while laying down… Aaaaaaand standing up. Which is pretty impressive.
  2. Horses can nearly 360 degrees at one time. This is because they are herbivores that are hunted by various predators and they have their eyes on their sides so that they can see their environment clearly. They also have the largest eyes of all land mammals.
  3. Horses can run within few hours after they are born.
  4. Domesticated horses have an average lifespan of about 25 years. The oldest recorded domestic horse Old Billy died at the age of 62.
  5. Horses teeth take up more space in their heads than their brains. Their brains weigh about 620 grams or 22 ounces. They are half the size of human brains.
  6. There are 205 bones in the body of a horse. Which happens to be one bone less than us – humans have.
  7. Most horses gallop at speeds of 44 kilometers or 27 miles per hour. The fastest horse recorded ran at speeds of 88 kilometers or 55 miles per hour.
  8. There are more than 300 breeds of horses and more than 60 million horses living on the planet.
  9. Horses need very large amounts of water and often drink a minimum of 25 gallons a day. The amount is even greater in warm climates.
  10. They also produce about 10 gallons of saliva a day.
  11. Horses don’t have gag reflex and can’t vomit.
  12. Scientists believe that horses have evolved from somewhat similar, yet a lot smaller animals that existed 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. 
  13. Evidence shows, that horses have been domesticated by humans 5000 years ago.
  14. Horses have 16 muscles in each ear which allows them to move their ears at 180 degrees. They also have a very sensitive sense of hearing.
  15. Horses are very social creatures and they get lonely when left alone, or when their fellow horses or humans pass away.
Horses are social pack animals who need social contact.

So, horses are clearly amazing animals that have interesting bodies and make for remarkable, loyal and friendly companions for life and have done so for millenniums. That concludes the 15 Unbelievable Facts About Horses.

If you’d like to learn more about horse cousins – zebras, here’s a link.

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