Although today people domesticate horses, thousands of years ago, these were actually wild animals and the ancient people used to hunt these horses as a source of food and for their skin. However, some time around 3000 BC, people started to tame horses and using them as beasts of burden. Then in 1900 BC, horses made their first appearance in Greece. This event most probably occurred when the Indo-Europeans arrived. Then some time around the 1700 BC, with the Hyksos or the Amorites, horses made their first appearance in Egypt.
Here are some horse facts that you may find interesting and fun to read:
- Horses are part of the Equus family and the name of the family comes from ancient Greek and refers to quickness.
- All over the world over 350 breeds of horses and ponies exist.
- The height of horses is measured in hands, where one hand is equivalent to 4 inches.
- In order to find out the age of a horse, one has to count the number of teeth it has.
- The heart of a horse weighs a massive 10 pounds, while the head of a horse weighs about 11.84 pounds.
- In a single day, a horse has the ability to drink around ten gallons of water.
- In order to figure out the mood of a horse, you need to check its eyes, nostrils and ears. A horse uses its facial expressions in order to communicate.
- A horse's hooves continue growing non-stop just like a human's finger nail. Hence, it requires frequent clipping to prevent the continuous growth.
- A mark appearing on the horse's forehead is always known as a star, regardless of its shape and appearance.
- The lifespan of a horse is about twenty to twenty-five years.
- Generally, horses give birth during the night in order to keep their foals away from danger. When a foal is born, it will take around an hour or so to stand steadily on its feet and walk.
- A male horse is called a stallion, a female a mare, while a baby is called a foal. A young female is called a filly, while the horse that fathers the foal is called a sire and the mother a dam.
These are some of the interesting, fun, and unique horse facts that every horse lover should know.
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