By Karine Burt
Horses have been called majestic and noblest of creatures, and it’s easy to see why. Depending on which scientific accounts you believe, they’ve been man’s original best friend since anywhere from 4000 to 2000 B.C. They’ve taken us around wherever we’ve asked them to, including the battle fields.
Yet here we are in the 21st Century, and there are still plenty about these noble creatures you still don’t know. Want proof? Here is our list of the 25 Amazing Facts about Horses that we’ve managed to gather. Which is your favorite?
- Horses can run within 90 minutes of their Birth.
- You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling the back of their ears. If the ear is cold, so is the horse.
- Horses have the biggest eyes of any land mammal
- Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.
- When horses look like they’re laughing, they’re actually engaging in a special nose-enhancing technique known as “flehmen,” to determine whether a smell is bad or good
- Horses can not Vomit
- The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph.
- Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a look-out to alert it’s companions of potential predators and danger.
- Vocalizations are highly important to horses. Examples: Whinnying and Neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Stallions perform loud roars as mating calls, and all horses will use snorts to alert others of potential danger.
- The first cloned horse was a Halflinger Mare from Italy in 2003.
11. At one time people thought horses were colorblind, they’re not. They are better at seeing yellows and greens than violets and purples.
12. A horses set of teeth take a larger amount of space in their head than their brain.
13. Horses are more secure and comfortable when trailering if they can face the rear, but they prefer openings.
14. A 19th century horse named “Old Billy’ reportedly lived until he was 62 years old.
15. From 1867 to 1920, the number of horses rose up from 7.8 million to 25 million. Experts believe this was due to the rise of the automobile.
16. An adult Horses brain weighs 22 oz, about half that of a human
17. Horses like sweet flavors rather than sour or bitter
18. Horses produce up to 10 gallons of saliva a day
19. The average Horses heart weighs approximately 9 to 10 pounds.
20. Horses with pink noses can get sunburned.
21. It takes 9 to 12 months to regrow an entire Horse hoof.
22. Horse can sleep both lying down and standing up.
23. Horses can see better at night than a Human. However, it takes horses eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a humans.
24. Wild horses generally gather in groups of 3 to 20 animals. A stallion (mature male) leads the group, which consists of mares (females) and young foals. When young males become colts, at around two years of age, the stallion drives them away. The colts then roam with other young males until they can gather their own band of females.
25. Approximately 4.6 million Americans work in the horse industry in one way or another. The US horse industry has an economic effect of $39 billion annually on just nine million American horses. There are approximately 58 million horses in the world and the vast majority are cared for by humans.