10 Fascinating Things About Horses

Whether you are new to horseback riding or have been doing it for a lifetime, we thought you’d find these facts about horses extremely interesting:

  1. Horses can only breathe through their noses.
  2. Even though horses have the largest eyes of all land mammals, they depend more on their sense of smell than on their vision. So when they don’t immediately recognize something, their first instinct is to flee and think about it later.
  3. There are more than 300 horse breeds in the world.
  4. Horses weigh on average 1,000 pounds or more. They’re huge!
  5. Horses can sleep standing up and do so in 20-minute increments throughout the day.
  6. A study in Britain proves horses can count as well as 10-month-old infants.
  7. Horses are social animals. They need friends!
  8. Horses have an extremely delicate sense of touch all over their bodies. It is equivalent to the sense humans have in their fingertips.
  9. Horses can run within hours after their birth.
  10. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).
2017-08-26T06:12:40+00:00 November 8th, 2016|