Horses are beautiful creatures to look at, and many of us enjoy riding them or showing them off each year. They’re energetic by nature, playful and are easier to look after than most people think.
Below you will find a list of fun (and some very interesting) facts that you may not have known about the beloved species:
- Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.
- Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
- An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz., about half that of a human.
- Horses do not vomit.
- Horses don’t have collarbones or gall bladders.
- Guinness World Record recognizes Winning Brew, a Thoroughbred, as the fastest horse in the world at 43.97 mph.
- Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn. Sunburn is most frequently seen around the eyes and on the muzzle of pale or white-faced horses.
- A horse's teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain.
- Horses have been used in the police force since the 17th Century.
- A foal is able to run shortly after birth.
- Researchers have found that horses use complex facial expressions to express emotions nearly identical to the way humans do.
Like we said- very interesting! What are some of your favorite facts from our list, and what are some that we left off?
- theHorse: The Equine Digestive System: A Food Factory – The Horse
- Wikipedia: Equine vision
- Horse Gazette: Horse Facts.
- Equus: Q&A: Why can't horses vomit? - The Horse Owner's Resource
- Horse Nation
- Guinness World Records Fastest speed for a race horse
- theHorse Sunburn and Photosensitivity in Horses – The Horse
- Live Science From the Horse's Mouth: Teeth Reveal Evolution
- Wikipedia Horses in warfare
- Wikipedia Foal