Throughout history, there have been multiple different uses for the horse. They were once human’s main mode of transportation, sometimes food source and a source of entertainment in races. Now they are mainly seen as a hobby for horseback riders, but there is still a lot to know about them so here are a few interesting facts.
Number Fifteen: A Horse Learns How to Walk Faster Than Humans Do
Unlike humans, horses do not take months to learn how to walk. In fact, they can do so a short time after birth but they are still a bit wobbly for awhile as they get used to using their legs.
Number Fourteen: Horses Can Fall Asleep Literally Anywhere
A couch or bed may be the most comfortable to a human, but for a horse anywhere is good to fall asleep. They can do so standing up or laying down and it can be day or night. They are obviously not very picky!
Number Thirteen: They Can Keep Up With Cars
Horses may not be as fast as a race car, but they can keep up with them most of the time. A horse can gallop up to speeds of 27 miles per hour. The record-breaking sprinting speed of a horse was 55 miles per hour.
Number Twelve: The Population Hasn’t Gone Down Since People Stopped Using Them for Transportation
Humans may not use horses as frequently as they once did, but their population numbers have not dwindled. Worldwide, there are still 60 million horses either in the wild or privately owned.
Number Eleven: My, What Big Eyes They Have
If you have ever looked into the eyes of a horse, you know how big they can be. It comes as no surprise then that a horses eyes are bigger than any other mammal on land. And because they are on the side of a horse’s head, they can see 360 degrees.
Number Ten: They Can Live to Be as Old as 60
If a horse is properly cared for throughout its life, there is an extremely good chance it will have a long lifespan. The average horse can live between 15 to 20 years or longer. There was once a horse in England, however, named Old Billy who lived to be 62.
Number Nine: They Had Close Relationships With Cavemen
Ancient cave drawings show early paintings of horses and how early humans interacted with them. Those paintings show that there was a close relationship between the two, especially considering horses have been domesticated for 5,000 years. Stay tuned for part two of our series on horses coming soon!