Horse Facts - Interesting Facts About Horses
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"Hyracotherium," was one of the first horses that lived about 50
million years ago. It was as tall as a fox and had toes. This
horse went through a transformation over millions of years to
become the modern horse.
Just like Zebras, horses were wild
animals in the beginning. They were hunted for their skin as
well as meat. Around 3000 B.C. things changed and people began
taming horses and using them to carry things. Around 1900 B.C.
horses first appeared in Greece, which most probably came with
the arrival of the Indo-Europeans. The invasion of the Hyksos or
Amorites brought with them horses and chariots to Egypt. This
was around 1700B.B.C.
Interesting Facts About Horses:
A horse is a member of
the "equus" family. This word comes from ancient Greece and
More than 350 breeds of
ponies and horses can be found.
A height of a horse can
be measured with the hand, where each hand equals four inches.
If you want to know how
old a horse is, all you need to do is to count its teeth.
An average horse’s head
weighs 11.84 pounds.
10 Pounds is the weight
of a horse’s heart.
A horse is able to
drink 10 gallons of water per day.
Horses use their facial
expressions to communicate. Their moods can be gauged with the
help of their nostrils, eyes and ears.
Horses spend more
energy lying down.
The hoof of a horse is
like a fingernail; it keeps on growing and needs to be clipped.
Any kind of mark, which
appears on the forehead of a horse, is called a star,
irrespective of whether it resembles one!
A horse is able to
walk, trot, canter and gallop.
Horses usually live for
around 20 to 25 years. Some of them can live up to 5 years more.
In most cases, the foal
is born at night, away from danger and prying eyes.
After being born, it
only takes a foal about 1-2 hours to stand up and walk.
Foals are fully grown
by 3-4 years of age.
Horses eat short, juicy
grass, and hay. Foods like barley, maize, oats and bran are good
for working horses.
Horses are either a
mixture of colors or the same color all over. Horses are
usually, black, brown, cream or gray in color.
A horse has two blind
spots; one is located directly in front of them while the other
is located directly behind.
A breed of horses
called Akhal-Teke from Russia can go for days without water or
One of the few breeds
of horses that live in North America are called Mustangs.
"Old Billy," was the
oldest recorded horse who lived to be 62 years.
Falebella of Argentina,
is the smallest breed.
"Little Pumpkin," is
the smallest pony in history, it stood 14 inches and weighed 20
"Samson," was the
tallest horse recorded.