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21 fun horse facts you may not have known

Horses are beautiful, intelligent creatures that can make for wonderful pets. If you own one or more horses, then you know how important it is to be able to understand their body language and why they do what they do.

However, there are still plenty of facts (some lesser known) about these majestic animals. Test your knowledge today with these 21 fun horse facts:

  1. Horses are herbivores or plant eaters who primarily rely on fresh grass for their nutrition intake. Source

  2. Horses are “trickle feeders” which means they eat small amounts almost continuously - between 12 and 16 hours throughout the day and night. Source

  3. The average domestic horse lives around 25 years. Source

  4. Horse hooves are made from the same protein that makes up human hair and fingernails. Source

  5. Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up. Source

  6. Stallions (male horses) will fight over females (mares) but generally not over territory. Source

  7. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88km a hour. Source

  8. This is nearly double the average galloping speed of a horse (44km an hour). Source

  9. Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions. Source

  10. Horses are social, herd animals. They have a higher comfort level when they maintain visual contact with other horses. This is why companion horses are so important to anyone owning horses. Source

  11. Unlike other animals with horns, tusks or antlers to defend themselves, horses rely primarily on their ability to run as their first mode of defence - that’s why they get spooked and take flight easily. Source

  12. A horse’s laterally placed eyes allow them nearly 360° vision. Source

  13. Horses have one of the best memories in the animal kingdom, second only to the elephant in this department. Source

  14. Horses are much more active than cattle or sheep. They burn up a lot of calories and have metabolic rates. Source

  15. Foals (baby horses) are born with their eyes wide open, stand up after a few minutes and can jump around in a few hours. Source

  16. Horses can’t burp or vomit the way humans do - their digestive tracts are a one-way street. Source

  17. Horses are measured in the standard unit of measurement known as  “hands, from the ground to their withers (the point between the back and the back of the neck) ”. One hand is equal to 4 inches. Source

  18. Horses belong to the Equus family, which also includes zebras, asses and donkeys. Source

  19. Arabian horses have a greater bone density and one fewer vertebrae than other horses. Source

  20. Some scientists have said that horses have the intelligence of 12 year old humans! Source

The Pet.co.nz Team

Written by The Pet.co.nz Team

A team of specialists with backgrounds in animal nursing, animal care and all things pet related.