Horse Facts: 15 Fun Facts about Horses

Time for some fun!

Check out these fun horse facts and enjoy learning a wide range of interesting information about horses. How many of these did you already know?

  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

  • Horses can run shortly after birth.

  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.

  • Horses have bigger eyes than any other mammal that lives on land.

  • Because horse’s eyes are on the side of their head they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time

  • Horses gallop at around 27 mph

  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph

  • When horses look like they’re laughing, they’re actually engaging in a special nose-enhancing technique known as “flehmen,” to determine whether a smell is good or bad

  • Horse hooves are made from the same protein that comprises human hair and fingernails

  • Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions

  • A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse's eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light than a human's

  • Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn

  • You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse

  • Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone, and they will mourn the passing of a companion

  • Horse’s ears have the ability to rotate 180 degrees

Can you add any more horse facts to the list?

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