Pony Tales: What Do You Know?

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson December 1, 2015 15:18

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Pony Tales

I hope you enjoyed my piece on interesting turkey facts.  I promised at that time that I would give equal billing to horses and cows, and I may expand on that list as time goes on.  After reading these intriguing details, I found (as I did with the turkey information) that my education and appreciation for this animal were heightened.  Here are some of the horse facts that I found:

  • Horses do not have a gall bladder, therefore; are meant to be continuous grazers and not eat meals like humans.
  • When a domesticated horse is released in the wild they shed all traces of domestication rapidly.
  • Stallions will fight over females, but generally not over territory.
  • Horses have better memories than elephants.
  • Horses have the largest eyes of any land animal.
  • At one time people thought that horses were colorblind.  Although it is more difficult for them to see purples and violets, they have less trouble with yellows and greens.
  • A horse’s teeth take up more space in their head than their brain.
  • The horse has binocular vision, but can also see different things in each eye.  This is why you need to show your horses the spooky things in both eyes so the brain can get the message that it’s not spooky.
  • At John F. Kennedy’s funeral – November 25th, 1963 – the riderless horse was named Black Jack.  The boots reversed in the stirrups indicated a fallen leader who would ride no more, a tradition tracing back to the ancient Mongols.
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can not vomit.
  • A horse can see better at night than a human, but its eyes need longer to adjust from light to dark/dark to light than a human’s.
  • Most of the time, wherever a horse’s ear is pointing is where the horse is looking with the eye on the same side.  If the ears are pointing in different directions, the horse is looking at two different things at the same time.
  • On the underside of a horse’s hoof is a triangular shaped area called the “frog,” which acts as a shock absorber for a horse’s leg, and also helps to pump blood back up the leg.
  • The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds.
  • Horses are more secure and comfortable when trailering if they can face the rear, but they prefer openings.
  • Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.
  • Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a look-out to alert its companions of potential dangers.
  • Vocalizations are highly important to horses. Examples: Whinnying and neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Stallions (adult male horses) perform loud roars as mating calls, and all horses will use snorts to alert others of potential danger.
  • You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.
  • Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
  • If a horse has a red ribbon on it’s tail, it kicks.
  • Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone, and they will mourn the passing of a companion.

Fascinating.  And what I found even more captivating were the comments from readers on the doubledtrailers website.  There are some very dedicated, knowledgeable horse people in this world, and I thank you!  Do you dispute any of the above facts, or have something interesting to add?

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

References:

http://www.farmforum.net/news/horses/fun-and-interesting-horse-facts/article_b86dd6c2-4a9d-5b47-a116-5a283b2e6a67.html

https://www.doubledtrailers.com/45-random-amazing-bizarre-horse-facts/

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson December 1, 2015 15:18
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