Saturday, April 21, 2012

10 facts about horses

Horses are one of the most amazing animals in the world. They have been used by farmers, nomads, and other earlier inhabitants of the world in their quest to survive at the time totally different than today. They have been domesticated for thousands of years - long before the fastest car we like watching on youtube lol.

But how do we really know horses aside from them being used in sports, warfare, entertainment, products, and work? Do you know other things not listed above? Thanks to fellow blogger Tess of Tatess who posted an article about horses - top ten facts to be more specific.

Here they are:

1. Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down.
2. Horses' anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well-developed sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight instinct.
3. Female horses, called mares, carry their young for approximately 11 months.
4. A young horse, called a foal, can stand and run shortly following birth.
5. Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four.
6. They reach full adult development by age five.
7.Their average lifespan is between 25 and 30 years.
8. Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament:
a.spirited "hot bloods", with speed and endurance.
b. cold bloods such as draft horses and some ponies, suitable for slow, heavy work.
c.warm bloods, developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe.
9. There are more than 300 breeds of horses in the world today, developed for many different uses.
10. There is only one species of domestic horse, but around 400 different breeds 

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