Here are some interesting
facts about a horse's body.
Horse's hooves grow
at a rate of about 1cm per month.
The forelock on a horse's
head helps to keep flys out of the eyes.
Horse's legs are built
so that they can sleep standing up, but to get a good rest they
need to lying down.
Each leg has a small
spot that looks like a scar called a 'chestnut'.
Horse's knee caps are
not done fusing until they are about 3 1/2 years old. That's why
many young racehorses are injured.
Mares come in to heat
around age 1, but usually can't be safely bred until 4.
Stallions are mature
and can breed around 2 or 3 years of age.
A horse's heart weighs
about 10 pounds.
A horse's back cannot
bend, it remains stiff when the horse moves. That's why it's hard
for horses to get up after rolling or resting.
The teeth take up more
room in a horse's head than its brain does.
Horses can see color.
Horses can see in two
directions at once.
Horses have two blind
spots where they cannot see- directly in front of them, and directly
Human hair and fingernails
are made from the same protein as horse hooves.
Horses have 36-42 teeth,
with females usually having 36 and stallions and geldings having
40-42. "Canine teeth", remains of fighting teeth, are present
on some horses, usually males, in either 1 or 2 pairs. "Wolf teeth"
can be present in males or females, and sometimes have to be pulled
because they cause pain.
Most breeds of horses
have 18 ribs, 6 lumbar bones, and 18 tail vertebrae. Arabians
have 17 ribs, 5 lumbar bones, and 16 tail vertebrae.
A full grown horse that
weighs about 1,000 pounds contains approximately 13.2 gallons
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