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16 Astonishing Facts About Horses

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Horses are unique animals. They were a very important, irreplaceable part of human history, and even now help in many straggling families, that can not afford agricultural machinery. They are very interesting, strong, and there are many facts that testify to this.

Interesting facts about horses

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  • The horse affects the musculoskeletal system in many ways. With each step, it gives the rider an impulse that accurately repeats the work of the human body when walking. This is a unique way of dealing with problems with the spine. So, horses are used for motor therapy and gymnastics. For example, children undergo these rehabilitation courses.
  • The most well-fed representative of horses is the Sampson stallion. Its weight is 1520 kilograms. It is still the record to this day.
  • Horses have very well developed sensory organs, some of them are much better than humans. So, they are can hear sounds that we, humans, can not: the structure of their hearing system also lets them not only receive the incoming signal in a perfect way but also to strengthen it, which is very unique in the animal world.
  • In addition, the horse has a great sense of smell. Even if it ceases to see from its old age (you will read about vision below), its scent keeps its orientation, and long distances are not a problem for it. Many horses determine the location of the saddle, rider, stables by smell, and can also determine the edibility of the grass.
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  • Unlike many other animals, horses see the world in color, but not red and blue. Another unique phenomenon is that the viewing angle is an approximate value of 360 degrees. This means that the horse is aware of what is happening both behind him and in front of him. It is also not difficult for it to distinguish objects in the dark.
  • An excellent sense of touch is another amazing feature of these animals. In conjunction with eyesight, hearing, smelling, a horse is incomparable with any other creature. They feel best with their lips and hooves.
  • A horse is able to treat not only people but also itself. If its day was very busy, massage helps it to recover the energy spent, with the help of which it improves the work of its heart. This adds strength to the horse, as blood circulation increases.
  • Interestingly, the hoof is not only the most sensitive part of the horse’s body but also responsible for the circulation of blood. Gravity applied to it causes the blood to move up the vessels.
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  • Horses are able to distinguish music. And even prefer some styles over others. Especially music that is calm, melodic. That’s why they cannot listen to hard rock. Again, this is all due to their excellent hearing (we wrote about it above).
  • To determine the age of the horse, you can look at its teeth. As many of you guessed, the well-known expression “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” is based on this fact.
  • Because of its big weight, the horse is unable to stand or walk on three legs, especially if something happened to the fourth. Therefore, a broken limb will be a big issue for the owner. It is treated for a very long time and prevents the further development of the horse.
  • Horses hide pain very well, almost too well, due to their nature as range prey that historically wouldn’t show weakness to their predators
  • The maximum power that can be produced by one horse is 15 Horsepower.
running white horse
  • Horses can ‘talk’ with humans by choosing special symbols. Researchers managed to train the horses to distinguish three symbols which meant “blanket on,” “blanket off,” and “no change.” After training, they were tested in different weather conditions and researchers found the choices matched the weather.
  • Farmers sometimes put goldfish in a horses water trough to control mosquito and other insect larvae from producing
  • There is a monument to honor the almost one million (often forgotten) Allied horses who died during the First World War. Of one million drafted horses only 62,000 returned in 1918.