Some interesting facts about horses

The horse skeleton consists of about 212 bones. In contrast to other mammals they lack of collarbones. That allows good mobility of their forelimbs. The horse’s lung capacity is up to 5 gallons. It can multiply its respiratory rate by 5-7 because of intensive work.

Some interesting facts about horses

The horse’s heart is huge and usually weighs 8,8-11 lb. Heart size doesn’t depend on the size of the animal. Those ones that work harder can have a heavier heart – up to 18 lb. A heart rate is 30-40 beats per minute at rest. It certainly increases to 120-130 beats per minute during running. The average temperature of the body is 99,5-101 °F. A brain of an adult animal weighs 22 oz. It is also surprising that the horse can sleep both standing up and lying down.

Some interesting facts about horses

Depending on age and weight horses drink 8-16 gallons of water per day in summer, and 5-7 gallons per day in winter. They can eat from 55 to 220 lb of grass. The horse eats 13-22 lb of hay and 8,8-13 lb of bran and grain per day.

Some interesting facts about horses

The lifespan of this animal is about 20-25 years. It grows up till the age of 5 or 6. The oldest horse was “Old Billy” that lived in the 19th century and died at the age of 62. The mammal can be used for work when it is 4-5 years old. Draft horses are capable to work till the age of 18-20. Their age can be detected by both teeth and skin. Elastic skin indicates that the animal is young. If skin pulls back slowly, it is old for sure.

Some interesting facts about horses

When two different species of horses copulate, they can produce hybrids. Mules and hinnies are offspring of a horse and a donkey. Zebroids are foals of a horse and a zebra. All the hybrids can’t breed. Only mules have practical importance, as they are used by people as working animals, for example, for transportation. They are patient, tough, intense, strong and hardy. Mules also live longer than horses, because their lifespan is 50-60 years.
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