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30 Amazing and Fun Horse Facts

by Sankalan Baidya
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In our last article on horse facts we covered some really amazing and little known facts. In this article we are going to cover a few more fun horse facts that are either uncommon or widely known. We are sure you are going to love them. Learning about this extremely loyal friend of humans is always interesting. We will try to keep our facts small and simple so that you can understand them quickly. So, let us begin.

Interesting and Fun Horse Facts: 1-10

1. In general, domesticated horses live up to 25 years. — Source

2. Old Billy, a horse from 19th century lived for 62 years. — Source

3. Stallion is the name of a male horse. Mare is the name of a female horse. Colt is the name of a young male horse. Filly is the name of a young female horse. — Source

4. There is only one species of truly wild horse that lives today. It is Przewalski’s horse. — Source

5. The only wild population of Przewalski’s horse can be found in Mongolia.

6. There are several other feral horse populations like North American Mustang. However, these populations are not true wild horses.

7. All domestic horses come from just one species. However, there are 400 different types of breeds. These different breeds have different specializations. For example, racing or pulling wagons. — Source

8. All horses, domestic or wild – they are all grazers and herbivores.

9. Haflinger mare was world’s first cloned horse. It was a female horse. The clone was made in 2003 in Italy. – Source

10. Horses are sweet lovers. They reject food that is bitter or sour. – Source

Interesting and Fun Horse Facts: 11-20

11. Horses have 205 bones in their bodies. — Source

12. In the wild, a typical horse team can have 3 to 20 horses. There will be only stallion and rest are females. — Source

13. Interestingly, a stallion is not the herd leader. It is actually a dominant female that leads the herd or the team. — Source

14. In a team the young foals stay along the team. However, when male foals grow into colts (which happens two years after birth), the stallion drives them away.

15. The colts that get out of the team roam around and form a group of colts. They stay in the group until they find females and move out to form their own teams.

16. Usually the ear of a horse will point in the direction in which its eye on the same side is looking at. If, however, the ear points in a different direction, the horse is looking at two different things at once. — Source

17. Underneath the hoof of a horse, you will see ‘frog’. It is nothing but an area of the hoof that has a triangular shape.

18. The frog is actually the shock absorber. It is also responsible for pumping blood up back into the leg. — Source

19. A ‘hand’ is the official unit for measuring the height of a horse. One hand equals 4 inches.

20. Sampson was the tallest horse born till date. It measured 7.2 feet tall. This is 21.2 hands. Sampson was born in Toddington Mills, England in 1846. — Source

Interesting and Fun Horse Facts: 21-30

21. Eohippus was the prehistoric ancestor of horse. It lived 50 million years ago.

22. The front legs of Eohippus had four padded toes and back legs had only three padded toes. — Source

23. On a normal day, a horse needs to drink 25 gallons of water. On warmer days, the water requirement increases even more. — Source

24. Horses are incapable of breathing through their mouths. They can breathe only through their nostrils. This anatomy is known as ‘obligate nasal breathers’. — Source

25. Horses which have pink skin can actually get sunburns! — Source

26. The hoof of a horse takes 9 months to 12 months to regrow completely. — Source

27. There is something called zorse and then there is a zony and finally there is a zonky. Together these are called zebroids. — Source

  • Zorse is a cross between zebra and horse.
  • Zony is a cross between zebra and pony.
  • Zonky is a cross between zebra and donkey.

28. One of the fun horse facts is that there are 16 muscles in each ear of a horse. This allows the horse to rotate its ears to 180 degrees. — Source

29. If the area behind a horse’s ear is cold when touched, it means the horse too is cold. — Source

30. Horses are very social animals. They mourn the deaths of their companions. They also feel lonely when left alone. — Source

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1 comment

Faylinn July 14, 2016 - 10:09 pm

I never knew that there was a horse that was cloned. This is very interesting to me, because I have heard that cloned animals don’t live that long. It has been 13 years since the Haflinger was made and so do you know whether or not it is still alive?

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