Horsey Facts

I was reading on interesting horsey facts from my books and online and I decided to collect some of them for you 🙂

SO, did you know..

o  Horses can’t breathe through their mouths.
o  A horse has two blind spots – right behind the horse and just in front of and beneath the nose.
o  The horse has binocular vision, but can also see different things in each eye. This is why you need to show your horses the spooky things in both eyes so the brain can get the message that it’s not spooky.
o  The horse has one stomach. In contrast, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, deer, elk, caribou, moose, and camels are “ruminants” which means (among other things) they have four digestive chambers instead of just one stomach.
o  Wolf teeth can be a serious nuisance and most horsemen have them removed.
o  Horses sleep between two and three hours per day. Only 45 minutes of this sleep time is spent lying down.
o  A 2010 study revealed some very surprising results about horse intelligence, especially memory.
o  Horses remain loyal to humans with which they have had past, positive encounters.
o  Horses remember people even after long separation.
o  Horses understand vocal commands better than expected.
o  Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day (changes according to weather).
o  Horses teeth never stop growing.
o  You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.
o  Ponies live longer than horses.
o  The oldest horse on record lived to the age of 62 and died in 1822.
o  Horses thrive on routine, especially when it comes to food.
o  You can tell if a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin, if it takes time for the skin to return from the pinch, they need water.
o  Horses have 7 common blood types.
o  Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth and females 36.

 

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