Fun Facts & Other Information


  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up.

  • Horses can run shortly after birth.

  • Domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.

  • A 19th century horse named ‘Old Billy’ is said to have lived 62 years.

  • Horses have around 205 bones in their skeleton.

  • Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.

  • Horses are herbivores (plant eaters).

  • 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 44 kph (27 mph).

  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph).

  • Estimates suggest that there are around 60 million horses in the world.

  • Scientists believe that horses have evolved over the past 50 million years from much smaller creatures.

  • A male horse is called a stallion.

  • A female horse is called a mare.

  • A young male horse is called a colt.

  • A young female horse is called a filly.

  • Ponies are small horses. 

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