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Check out Tack and Talk’s fun horse facts for kids and enjoy learning a wide range of interesting information about horses.

Up close and personal with Bruq's Fun Horse Facts!

Up close and personal with Bruq’s Fun Horse Facts!

  • Did you know that horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can run shortly after birth.
  • Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
  • A 19th century horse named “Old Billy” is said to have lived 62 years!
  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.
  • Horses have been domesticated for over 500o years.
  • Horses are herbivores (plant eaters)
  • Did you know that horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land?
  • Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head, they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
  • Horses can gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph.
  • The fastest recored sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph or 55 mph!
  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
  • Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.
  • A male horse is called a stallion.
  • A female horse is called a mare.
  • A young male horse is called a colt.
  • A young female horse is called a filly.
  • Ponies are small horses.
  • Ponies have thicker manes and tails than horses.
  • They also have proportionally shorter legs, thicker necks and shorter heads.
  • Young ponies are also called foals.
  • Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses.
  • Hackney ponies were first bred to pull carriages.
  • You measure a horse’s heigh in hands.  Each hand equals four inches.  If you say a horse is 16.2 hands high, the 2 stands for 2 fingers.
  • You can tell how old a horse is by how many teeth it has.  A horse gets all of his teeth by the time he is five years old.  After that, they just get longer.  A male horse generally has 40 teeth while a female horse  has 36.
  • Any marking on a horse’s forehead is called a star, even it it is not shaped like a star.
  • Camargue horses are completely white as adults while their babies are pure black when they are born!
  • Horses can communicate how they are feeling by their facial expressions.  They use their ears, nostrils and eyes to show their moods. 

1 Comment»

  Chelsea wrote @

The facts were very interesting because I didn’t know that horses use their ears,nostrils and eyes to show their moods.

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