Things You May Not Know
Horse trivia is fun for those who always want to learn more about these most majestic animals, we can never know enough about. Here is some interesting Trivia about our fine four legged friends.
The Appendix horse first originated in Texas. An Appendix American Quarter Horse is a first generation cross between a registered Thoroughbred and an American Quarter Horse.
The word appendix has been around for a long time. The Quarter horse got its name from running the quarter of a mile very fast. The Appendix horse or the Appendix Quarter horse gets its name from being an alternative classification to a well known breed.
Horses cannot vomit
The esophagus carries food to the stomach. The esophagus enters the stomach at an acute angle, creating a one-way valve, with a powerful sphincter mechanism at the gastroesophageal junction, which is why horses cannot vomit.
Horses don’t have a gallbladder
Equids do not have a gall bladder, so bile flows constantly,an adaptation to a slow but steady supply of food, and another reason for providing fodder to horses in several small feedings.
Because equids have no gall bladder to store large quantities of bile, which flows continuously from the liver directly into the small intestine, fat, though a necessary nutrient, is difficult for them to digest and utilize in large quantities.
In the wild, foals will suckle until they are a year old, and sometimes longer?
It is typical for foals under human management to be weaned between four and six months of age, though under natural conditions, they may nurse for longer, occasionally until the following year when the mare foals again. A foal that has been weaned but is less than one year old is called a weanling.
The horse has the largest eyes of any land animal?
A horse’s teeth occupy more space in its head than its brain?
The brain of the horse is the size of a human child’s and weighs from one and a half pounds to two pounds. Oddly enough, although smaller, the horse’s brain is similar to our own with a few differences. The most important difference is that much of the human brain is used for fine-motor skills and language development, while most of the horse’s brain is used for analyzing information received from the environment.
Horses are not colour-blind
Horses are not color blind, but have two-color, or dichromatic vision. This means they see two of the basic three wavelengths of visible light, compared to the three-color (trichromic vision) of most humans. In other words, horses naturally see the blue and green colors of the spectrum and the color variations based upon them, but cannot distinguish red. Research indicates their color vision is somewhat like red-green color blindness in humans, in which certain colors, especially red and related colors, appear more green.
Horses have memories that put elephants to shame
Studies have indicated that horses perform a number of cognitive tasks on a daily basis, meeting mental challenges that include food procurement and identification of individuals within a social system. They also have good spatial discriminationabilities. Studies have assessed equine intelligence in areas such as problem solving, speed of learning, and memory. Horses excel at simple learning, but also also able to use more advanced cognitive abilities that involve categorization and concept learning.
The height measurement of a ‘hand’ is 4 inches. That’s because it was considered to be the width of an ‘average’ mans’ hand across the knuckles.
Adult male horses generally have 40 teeth, but females only 36?
In addition to the incisors, premolars and molars, some, but not all, horses may also have canine teeth and wolf teeth. A horse can have between zero and four canine teeth, also known as tusks (tushes for the deciduous precursor), with a clear prevalence towards male horses (stallions and geldings) who normally have a full set of four.