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23 things you might not know about horses

We have delved deep and found 25 facts – some are crazier than others! It's not just about the horse's behavior and physiology, but also about the different breeds, sizes, and their numbers – both locally and globally. There's certainly something you already knew, but there might also be something that will surprise you.


Horse physiology:

  1. Horses do not see the world in black/white but are red/green color blind.
  2. Horses rest about 60% of their weight on their front legs.
  3. A horse's teeth take up more space than its brain.
  4. When a horse "smiles", it does so to detect a smell or because it has tasted/smelled something unfamiliar.
  5. A horse can only breathe through its nose.
  6. If a horse is cold behind the ear, it's often because it's freezing.
  7. Horses have a third eyelid located inside the eye.
  8. Horses very rarely lose their hearing.

Horse breeds:

  1. The Icelandic horse is considered the purest breed.
  2. Arabians have fewer ribs and lumbar vertebrae than other breeds.
  3. The Quarter horse got its name because it can reach speeds of up to 70 km/h over a quarter of an English mile (about 400 meters).
  4. A shire can weigh up to 1.2 tons – so watch out for your toes!

Horses Worldwide:

  1. The smallest horse ever recorded was 35.5 cm tall.
  2. The tallest horse ever recorded was 219 cm tall.
  3. The oldest horse that ever lived was 62 years old – Old Billy.
  4. There are about 58 million horses in the world.
  5. In 2003, a horse was cloned for the first time in Italy.
  6. In New York, it's illegal to open and close an umbrella if there's a horse nearby.
  7. In the town of Wilbur in Washington, you can be fined 2000 kr if you ride a horse that is "ugly" – however that's defined.
  8. In Oklahoma, it's illegal to let your donkey sleep in a bathtub after 7 pm. Yes, Americans have some quirky rules.
  9. Horses were not animals found in Australia before the year 1788.
  10. The world record for the length of a horse's tail is 381 cm.

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