Horses have been the original best friend of man since anywhere from 4,000 to 2,000 BC. They have been called the noblest of creatures, taking man anywhere he wanted to go and helping him from the crop fields to the battle fields.
Today, we are going to look at a few unusual and sometimes downright bizarre horse facts.
- A horse’s teeth take up more space in their head than their brain.
- A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ reportedly lived to 62 years of age!
- Horse’s can see nearly 360 degrees because their eyes are located on the sides of their head.
- The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55mph. Most horses gallop at a speed of 27mph.
- The only true wild horse breed in existence is the Przewalki’s horse and the only wild population of them is in Mongolia.
- Horses cannot vomit.
- There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds.
- In 2003, the first horse to be cloned was a Haflinger mare in Italy.
- Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject sour or bitter things.
- Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva per day.
- A triangular shaped area known as the ‘frog,’ located on the underside of the hoof, acts as a shock absorber for the horse’s leg and helps to pump blood back up the extremity.
- The average horse’s heart weighs 9-10 pounds.
- Ridden by Andre Ferreira, a horse named Something, holds the record for the longest jump over water. He jumped 27 feet and 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25, 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- The record for the highest jump made by a horse is held by a horse named Huaso who jumped 8 feet 1 and 1/4 inches on February 5, 1949 in Vina del Mar, Chile. He was ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel.
- Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water per day!
- A new hoof takes 9-12 months to re-grow.
- Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn!
- If a horse has a red ribbon on its tail, that means it kicks. So be careful!
- You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind its ears. If it’s cold there, so is the horse
- Horse’s can rotate their ears 180 degrees thanks to the 16 muscles in each ear.
And there you have it, a list of unusual and bizarre facts about our equine friends. If you can think of some others, please feel free to share them in the comments section.