Horses are one of those species that we always love to see in movies and in real life. They are awesome in sports, they are great means of transportation and they look regal during the ancient times. Yet beyond their heroic, diligent and royal characters, these four legged creatures are actually full of surprises.
Go beyond what your eyes can see and discover more about these hardworking creatures who have been allies to mankind for thousands of years now. Here are fifteen facts about horses throughout the history that you need to know about.
1. The most beautiful horse breed is found in Turkmenistan
Akhal-Teke horses or golden horses are considered as the most beautiful horses in the world and it is also the national emblem of Turkmenistan.
2. In the Old West, perfumes sold at the stores are placed in front of their shops because horses dung on the street every time.
3. Horses can do yoga.
Horses don’t do yoga all the time because they feel awkward, but it has been proven that horses do yoga and it was practiced in San Luis, Argentina.
4. The film Godfather used a real horse head during one of their scenes.
The horse head used in the movie was donated by a dog food manufacturer when the art director of the film director requested so.
5. There are less people in Mongolia than horses.
6. Around 20 people die in Australia every year due to horse riding accidents.
7. The fear of horses is called Hippophobia.
It is also known as equinophobia, equus in Latin means horse while in Greek, horse is called hippos.
8. Alexander the Great named one the cities after his horse, Bucephalus.
He named more than fifty cities during his time and one of the cities he founded was named after his horse, Bucephalus.
9. Horses love sweet foods.
That explains why they love carrots, oats and apples.
10. Horses teeth continues to grow for 20 to 30 years.
11. Ragweeds are poisonous to horses.
Also bracken ferns, tansy rawort, sudan grass and hemlock, so keep them away from these plants.
12. Horses ears can turn 180 degrees.
That is because horses have around sixteen muscles in each ear.
13. Horses have great memory.
So be careful how you treat your horses, they can still remember you even after how many years past.
14. The oldest horse died at the age of 62.
His name is Old Billy, he was the oldest horse ever lived and he died on November 27, 1822.
15. Horses officially has 7 common blood types.
Horses can have A, C, D, K, P, Q, U blood types. There is another blood type called T type but it is unofficial and not confirmed globally.