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Fun Horse Facts
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Fun Horse Facts

Horses have lots of secrets. There are things about them that just aren’t common knowledge. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Horses do not have gall bladders. When a domesticated horse is released into the wild it takes little time for all traces of domestistification to disappear.

Horses have better memories than elephants. Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal. Horses teeth take up more space in their head than their brain does.

Horses are not color blind.

Adult male horses have 40 teeth females 36.

Horses have binocular vision, but can also see different things from each eye.

Human hair and fingernails are made of the same protein as horse’s hooves.

Alfalfa was the first cultivated food fed to horses by humans.

Adult respiratory rate is 8-16 breaths per minute.

A horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day.

Horses younger than 4 years can concentrate for a maximum of 10-15 minutes.

Horses lie down only about 43.5 minutes a day.

Horses sleep longer in the summer than in the winter. A horse’s heart weighs nine pounds.

No two horses are identical.

A horse has approximately 205 bones.

A horse’s teeth can be used to estimate its age.

Horses generally dislike the smell of pigs.

Horses are traditionally measured in ‘hands’, this was originally the width of a man’s hand and has been set at 4 inches.

Horses have small stomachs and short intestines

Horses can't vomit.

One front leg is shorter than the other and the mane falls to that side

Arabian horses have one less rib, back vertebrae and neck vertebrae.

Horses lock their legs when they sleep so they don't fall over

Horses have close to 360 degrees all around vision

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  1. Ronnie
    Very cute!
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  2. naturegirl
    Interesting facts! I especially like the one about their memory. Who knew? What I do know is that they have such a large set of teeth because long ago, grass was the only thing they ate and they needed to be able to chew the tough grasses available in dry climates. I discovered this while writing my new article, Are North-American Horses 'Native' or Not? Come read it and give me a vote if you like it! Voted for you! Cheers!
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  3. Ponypumpkinrider
    Wow! some of these I knew (e.g. they cant vomit - why you cant feed too much at once and the reason their so colicy!) but others were fascinating (colts and fillies cant concentrate for more than 15 minutes - just like kids!). Thank you! Maybe check out my posts about riding. Thanks : )
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