Facts About Horses
Facts about horses are being presented here to provide you with information to help keep you safe as well as educate.
When you get on a horse wear a helmet.
I’ve included a photo showing different colored ribbons and their meanings.
All horses will kick, bite or defend themselves in some way when threatened or surprised. Always keep this in mind when approaching any horse.
Safety First…Learn to Speak Horse
Introduce yourself slowly, calmly and make sure that they know you are coming.
Horses aren’t able to talk so you need to learn how they communicate. Their faces will tell you a lot.
Watch for flaring nostrils or gritting teath. When you see that they may be telling you to stay away.
Read my post about horse ears to gain more useful facts about horses. Each ear has 16 muscles in them. They are able to rotate them 180°.
It is a huge way that they communicate with each other. You can read and learn all about that here.
Facts About Horses Eyes
The horse’s eyes are on the side of their head. This lets them see almost 360 degrees without moving their head. Allowing them to watch in all directions for predators or danger coming.
This placement also gives them two blind spots. One directly in front of them and the other is directly behind them.
Horses Eat Often and Alot
The first thing I remember, when I saw a horse, was how big they are. I learned that their stomachs are relatively small by comparison. Because of this they need to eat all the time, only in small amounts.
That is why they want to eat all day. When you see a horse out in the field notice that he doesn’t pick his head up too much, because he is eating grass a little at a time.
Horses Are Social Animals
It’s important that you don’t leave them alone. You don’t want them to be lonely. If you are not able to get them another horse for a friend consider a goat.
More Facts About Horses You Should Know
Horses raised domestically are expected to live around 25 years. We recently buried a horse at our farm that was 35 years old. Maynard was a good boy.
I bought Maynard when he was 15, according to the tattoo he received at the race track. 20 years later he was loving life and showing beginner riders how it’s done.
Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up. Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.
Horses Have Emotions
Horses remember things very well. If you have spent a long time with the same horse they will remember you.
They will also mourn the passing of you or a close companion.