10 Fun Facts about Horses

During our Pets Appreciation Week we want to talk about more common and less common pets. How about horses? Many horse lovers consider these gracious animals, not farm inhabitants, but pets. Let’s learn some fun facts about horses.

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  1. Horses belong to the genus equus. Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).
  2. A horse is described as a foal for its first year of life. A young female horse is called a filly. An older female horse is called as a mare. A young male horse is called a colt. An older male horse is known as a stallion.
  3. Horses have been tamed by humans hundreds of years ago. How and when horses became domesticated is still disputed by scientists. Most historians tend to accept 4000-3500 BC as official historic period for horse domestication. Since about that time, these beautiful animals “put humans on their back”, helped men to pull carriages, worked the land, tookwarriors to war, and so much more.
  4. Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  5. Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land. Having their eyes on the side of their head horses can see almost 360 degrees around them.
  6. Horses can run shortly after they are born. Horses gallop at around 27 mph. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph.11fa
  7. There are around 70 million horses in the world.
  8. There are over 350 breeds of ponies and horses in the world today.11fa
  9. Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
  10. No two horses are ever identical.