Horses are gentle and intelligent animals. Incredibly beautiful and dignified, they have been treasured by mankind for centuries. Whether as a means of transport, in agriculture or in competition, horses have proved to be loyal and hardworking creatures. As with many other animals, horses have a unique set of characteristics and characteristics. Below are 20 interesting facts you probably did not know about these beautiful animals:
1) Horses communicate their state of mind through their facial expressions.
They use their eyes, ears, and nostrils to indicate a range of emotions ranging from fear to envy.
They also have a wide variety of vocalizations to express danger (hiccups), sexual interest (roars) and simple greetings/farewell (neighing/neighing).
2) The horse’s eye is the largest of all terrestrial mammals.
It is nine times larger than in humans. Horses have three eyelids and a complex focusing system that allows the lower part of the retina to loosen and the upper part of the retina to look closely.
3) fragile skin
Horses are the only animal on the planet that can move the skin without moving the muscles. That’s the reason they tremble when they get rid of the flies in the summer.
4) The names of racehorses
You may think that names like Black Caviar, Malt Queen and Candy Ride are nowhere but no, there are strict rules for what you can and can not call racing horses. Tradition also plays a very important factor.
5) For high jump.
The highest horse jump ever recorded is 8 feet and 1.25 inches. This was recorded in 1949 in Chile and the record was called Huaso ex Fiel.
6) Why the long face?
Although “long faces” are usually associated with a whimsical mood, horses are one of the few animals that express their mental state through facial expression.
7) Horses may run in the hours after birth.
Since humans take 9 to 18 months to learn to take a step, the fact that horses run a few hours after birth shows that they are not foals.
8) Equine hybrids and zebras.
You can get Zorses (Hybrid-Zebra Horse), Mules (Horse-Burro Hybrid), Hinnys (Hybrid Horse-Ass) and probably the cutest of all, Zetlands (Zebra-Shetland Hybrids).
9) You can tell if a horse gets dehydrated by tightening your skin: if the skin takes too long to return to its original state, it needs water!
10) They are doing well with the routine, they like to have a predictable day. They especially like the routine when it comes to food: the same food at the same time.
11) The four horses of the Apocalypse are symbols of the end of the world. White is conquest, black famine, red war, and black plague.
12) Arabian horses have a shorter coastline since they form a different breed. Different breeds have different characteristics: ear shape, height, tail, and even characteristics: some are more aggressive, others are faster.
13) The length of the legs of the foal at birth indicates the size of the horse at maturity since they already measure about 80-90% of its future duration.
14) Horses have good musical tastes. They like to listen to classical music, finding it comforting and serene. Music calms restless horses!
15) Horses must not vomit. They do not have muscle reflex nausea before their stomachs. Without this muscle, vomiting is not possible.
16) Neither can have frozen in the legs. A protection mechanism prevents this from happening, and horses can stay in ice water or snow without any problem.
17) They have a sense of touch: they can smell a mosquito as soon as the insect lands!
18) There are 16 muscles in the horse’s ears, which allows them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
19) It is known that horses mourn the loss of a partner, be it a human being, a horse or another creature.
20) It can be very irritating to break a nail but think of horses that have to wait for 9 to 12 months for a helmet to develop completely.