Fun Facts about Horses

Check out our fun horse facts and enjoy learning a wide range of interesting information about horses. Find out the difference between a colt and a filly, read about horses funny sleeping habits, how fast they run and much more.

1. There are about 75 million horses in the world.
2. Horses’ hooves grow approximately 0.25 in a month, and take nearly a year to grow from the coronet band to the ground.
3. A healthy adult horse should have a pulse of between 36 and 40 beats per minute while at rest
4. Arabians have one less rib, one less lumbar bone, and one or two fewer tail vertebrae than other horses.
5. 7.1 million Americans are involved in the industry as horse owners, service providers, employees and volunteers. 3.6 million and 4.3 million of those participated in showing and recreation, respectively, with some overlap in cases of people who participate in both activities. 941,000 people participated in racing in either a professional or volunteer capacity. 1.9 million people own horses. In addition to the people actually involved in the industry, tens of millions more Americans participate as spectators.
6. Adult respiratory rate is 8-16 breaths per minute
7. A horse typically sleeps two and half to three hours a day
8. Horses lie down only about 43.5 minutes a day
9. Horses sleep longer in the summer than in the winter
10. A horse’s heart weighs nine pounds
11. The horse is a herbivorous mammal(plant eaters).
12. A zedonk is the offspring of a zebra and a donkey
13. No two horses are identical
14. The left side of a horse is called the “near side” and the right side is the “off side”
15. A horse has approximately 205 bones in their skeleton.
16. A horse is described as a ‘foal’ for its first year of life
17. Foals have milk teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around 3-5 years old
18. A horse’s teeth can be used to estimate its age
19. Horses are traditionally measured in ‘hands’, this was originally the width of a man’s hand and has been set at 4 inches
20. Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
21. Horses can run shortly after birth.
22. Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.
23. Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.
24. Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
25. Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph).
26. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).
27. A male horse is called a stallion.
28. A female horse is called a mare.
29. A young male horse is called a colt.
30. A young female horse is called a filly.
31. Ponies are small horses.

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