Fun Horse Facts

Below are some great horsey facts that are guaranteed to impress all your friends!

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  • Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down – a trait brought on by their need to flee from predators in the wild.
  • Female horses carry their young for approximately 11 months – 2 months more than humans!
  • A newborn foal can stand up and run around almost immediately after birth.
  • Horses do not have any muscles below their knees – only skin, hair, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and tissues that make up the hoof.
  • A normal amount of water for a horse to drink is 40 litres – if a human were to drink that much they would need to drink 56 water bottles a day!
  • Horses have the largest eyes of any mammal, with a range of vision almost at 360 degrees.
  • There are more than 300 horse breeds with approximately 58 million horses in the world – that’s a lot of horses!
  • All horses that are born in the Southern Hemisphere, including Australia, celebrate their birthday on August 1st (In the Northern Hemisphere, they celebrate their birthday on January 1st).
  • The best way to determine the age of a horse is by examining its teeth.
  • Horses have fantastic memory – remembering old riders, horse friends and places, even if they haven’t seen them for many years!
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