Facts About Horses
Horse is a mammal, found residing in almost all the parts of the world. A beautiful animal, it belongs to the Mammalia class and has the binomial (scientific) name of Equus Caballus. Not only are horses graceful, but also very athletic and highly energetic. They have been used for domestic chores since ages and have formed a very warm bond with human beings. Horses have also been eulogized in religion, mythology, and art and have played a very important role in transportation, agriculture and warfare in the past. In this article, we have provided some fun facts and interesting information on horses.
Facts about Horses
- Binomial Name: Equus Caballus
- Class: Mammalia (Mammals)
- Order: Perissodactyla
- Family: Equidae
- Genus: Equus
- Species: E. Caballus
- Height : Depends on the breed
- Weight: Depends on the breed
- Teeth (male): 40-44
- Teeth (female): 36
- Color: Usually black, brown, cream or gray
- Age: 25 to 30 years
- Oldest Horse: Old Billy (62 years)
- Smallest Breed: Falebella (Argentina)
- Smallest Pony: Little Pumpkin (14” high and weighed 20 lbs)
- Natural Habitat: Throughout the world
- Diet: Short, juicy grass and hay, along with barley, maize, oats and bran
- Reproductive Age: 3-4 years
- Number of Offspring: One (rarely two)
- Breeds: More than 350
Interesting Information on Horses
- The height of a horse is measured with hands, where each hand is equal to four inches.
- You can know the age of a horse by counting its teeth.
- The average weight of a horse’s head is 11.84 pounds and heart is 10 pounds.
- A horse can easily drink up to 10 gallons of water in a day.
- Horses can communicate with the use of their facial expressions.
- The hoof of a horse never stops growing, like a fingernail, and has to be clipped on a regular basis.
- A horse can walk, trot, canter and gallop.
- The offspring of a horse, known as foal, is usually born at night and can stand up and walk hardly 1-2 hours after being born.
- A horse has two blind spots. One of them is located directly in its front, while the other is located directly behind.
- A young male horse, which is 4 years or older in age, is called a colt. A young female horse, of the same age, is called filly.
- Horses have monocular vision and can see two different images at once. They also have better vision at night than humans.
- A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse. While, a hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey.
- A marking on the head of a horse is known as a star, irrespective of the shape it has.
- Akhal-Teke, a horse breed from Russia, can go for days without food or water.
- Horses cannot vomit, but they can sleep while standing.
- Celts regarded horse as a sacred animal.
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