Do You Know This About Horses?
What makes a horse a superstar? It could be because it’s participating at the highest level of competition. To many of us, though, a superstar is simply one that gives us pleasure, gets us away from the stresses of everyday life, and allows us and/or our kids to gain confidence and enjoy amazing experiences.
Some people believe that horses’ beauty, grace and majesty give all of them superstar status. Just like many of Earth’s creatures, horses have characteristic that anyone with an affinity for animals can appreciate. Here are some qualities that make our equine friends unique.
· Each produces about 10 gallons of saliva a day.
· Horses are “obligate nasal breathers,” which means they must breathe through their nostrils and can’t breathe through their mouths.
· They have 16 muscles in each ear, which allows them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
· Horses get lonely if kept alone and they’ll mourn the passing of a companion.
· Each one drinks at least 25 gallons of water per day.
· They can run just hours after being born.
· Their hooves are made from the same protein that makes up human hair and fingernails. A hoof takes nine to 12 months to fully regrow.
· Horse height is measured in units known as “hands.” One hand equals to four inches.
· Wild horses generally gather in groups of three to 20. A stallion (mature male) leads the group, which consists of mares and young foals. When young males become colts, at about age 2, the stallion drives them away. The colts then roam with other young males until they can gather their own band of females.
· The fastest recorded sprinting speed was 55 mph. Most gallop at around 27 mph.