Strange, But True, Horse Facts

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Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. RS297130

 

I thought I would share some more true facts about horses.  Some of these may sound strange to you, but they are ALL true.

 

-  The horse's sense of touch is so sensitive that it notices the instant a mosquito lands on it.

-  Adult male horses usually have 40 - 42 teeth while the females only have 36 - 38.

-  Horses do not have collarbones.  Their front limbs are directly attached to the spinal column by muscles, tendons and ligaments.

-  China not only has the most people in the world, but it also has the most horses with 10,000,000.

-  Hairs from horses tails are used to create bows for cellos and violins.

-  Horses like classical music.

-  Human hair and fingernails are made up of the same protein as horse hooves.

-  A horse's bit rests in the gap between it's incisor teeth and molars.

-  As social animals, horses can become friends both within their own species and with humans.  Without companionship and exercise, they develop "stable vices" including wood chewing and wall kicking.

-  Horses do not need continuous, unbroken periods of sleep like humans.  They only need about 2 1/2 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period.  Most of this rest occurs in 15 minute periods.

-  Horses must lie down for 1 hour every few days to reach minimum REM sleep requirements.

-  Although they do not always lie down to sleep, horses can suffer from narcolepsy if they don't lie down to catch up on REM sleep.

-  Horses sleep better in groups because they know the others will help watch our for predators.

-  The offspring of a male ass and a mare (female horse) are mules and usually are infertile.

-  People with disabilities ride horses to strengthen muscles while instinctively balancing.

-  Horse meat is eaten in many parts of the world.  Believe it or not, it is often exported from the United States.

-  Leather from horsehide is used to make jackets, baseballs, gloves and boots.

-  Horsehide can also be used in producing glue.

-  Horses are referred to as hot-bloods (race horses with a lot of energy) or cold-bloods (heavier and calmer horses).

-  Warm-bloods were created when European war horses were bred with oriental thoroughbreds.

-  In Chinese culture, people born in "the year of the horse" are considered free-spirited, independent and smart.  (I was born in the year of the horse and this is true.  It truly does describe me.)

-  A horse that weighs 1200 pounds can eat 7 times its own weight in food every year.

-  The saying:  "A horse of a different color" originated when something strange or questionable appeared after breeding.

-  The closest relatives of a horse are the rhinocerous and the tapir.

 

 

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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms

 

Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.

 

The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.

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Randy "Lazarus" McAtee
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-  The closest relatives of a horse are the rhinocerous and the tapir

 

and all this time i thought it was the UNICORN!

Feb 16, 2009 03:55 PM #1
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Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Randy:

Oops!  Forgot about that.  LOL

Brigita

Feb 16, 2009 04:00 PM #2
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

The closest relatives of a horse are the rhinoceros and the tapir...really? I would have thought the zebra. Great post, thanks.

Feb 16, 2009 04:04 PM #3
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Interesting...I wonder why males need more teeth than females?  Hhh

Feb 17, 2009 07:42 AM #4
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Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Suesan:

The zebra is still considered part of the family equus. 

Brigita

Feb 17, 2009 04:49 PM #5
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Brigita McKelvie
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Kristin:

You got me there!

Brigita

Feb 17, 2009 04:50 PM #6
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Wendy Welborne-Kimery
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Very interesting!  I was especially surprised about China having more horses.

Feb 18, 2009 05:30 AM #7
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Brigita McKelvie
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA

Wendy:

If you think about it, it does make sense.  China has a huge population.  A certain percentage own horses.  That percentage is higher than any other nation.

Brigita

Feb 18, 2009 08:24 AM #8
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Brigita,

Vermont here. Another interesting fact. Here in Vermont we have more horses per capita than any other state.

Vermont Horse lover

Feb 20, 2009 10:10 PM #9
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hi

hi

May 26, 2011 09:12 AM #10
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this article is so fascinating

May 07, 2012 04:05 PM #11
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Wow, thanks for such a fun article on horse fun facts! I love horses, I don't have any now but I was raised on a race horse farm in Mississippi. As a young girl, I spent a lot of my summers at the barns of race tracks. I fell in love with all the horses and learned some fun facts about horses there too. For instance, race horses have a number tattoo'd inside their upper lips.

 

Brigita...you truly have great horse sense!

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