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15 Stable Facts about Horses

Theyre some of the cutest, most majestic creatures around, but how much do you really know about them? Perhaps it will blow your mind to learn theres more than a dozen fun facts no one else has told you about them

1. Horses have odd sleeping habits.

Horses dont just sleep lying down, they can also do it standing up!

2. They’re also pretty speedy from the word go.

They can run within a few hours of being born.

3. Horses have long, happy lives.

The average domestic horse will live for up to 25 years.

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4. The longest-living horse was nearly old enough to get a pension.

Old Billy was said to have lived to the age of 62 back in the Victorian era.

5. Horses have impressive skeletons.

Horses have 205 bones — nearly as many as we do!

6. We’ve been looking after horses for millennia.

They were first domesticated more than 5,000 years ago by some rather adventurous hunters.

7. Don’t misjudge a horse’s expression.

Horses may often look like theyre laughing, but theyre actually analysing the smells around them.

8. Horses actually prefer certain colours.

Horseseyes work best when theyre looking at yellows and greens.

9. And they hate others!

And they work worst when purples and violets are in front of them.

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10. Horse mouths are massive.

A horses teeth occupy a greater volume than their brains.

11. Male horses have more gnashers than females.

Male horses have 4 extra teeth than their partners, giving them a grand total of 40.

12. Horse boxes were invented as a shortcut.

Lord Bentinck grew tired of trying to get his horses to the race track, so he invented the horse boxes you still see to this day.

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13. Horses propagated massively in the 20th century.

In the 50 years from 1870 horse numbers more than tripled.

14. They have almost 360 vision.

Horses can see in almost every direction at the same time.

15. Horses can be emotional creatures!

They can even show their feelings by using facial expressions formed using their ears, mouth and nostrils.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Horses

Can horses read human emotions?

It’s entirely possible, as studies show that horses can match tones of voice with human facial expressions.

At what age do horses mature?

Horses are likely to mature before they are seven years old.

At what age can a horse be ridden?

You can normally ride a horse from the age of two years old, however, it may vary from animal to animal based on strength.

 

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