Horses are such facinating creatures! Even if you never learned to ride or drive one, you could spend your whole life studying them and still have plenty to explore. Here are fifteen interesting facts about horses.
Yes, horses do sleep standing up! They sleep laying down too, but only for short times. Learn all about the sleeping habits of horses.
That's right! Horse's can't burp, at least not the way humans do. They can't vomit or breath through their mouths like humans do either. A horse's digestive system is a one-way street, unlike cattle and other ruminants who regurgitate food to re-chew it. Although they have a pretty efficient way of processing the tough fibrous foods that makes up their forage, this long one directional system can cause problems that result in colic.
One of the most common questions about horses is 'how long does a horse live'. The answer may surprise you, as our knowledge or horse nutrition, horse care and veterinary medicine has increased. So just as human life expectancy has increased, so has equine longevity.
Appreciated by beginner riders and professional horsemen alike, the American Quarter Horse is the world's most popular breed. Learn about the American Quarter Horse. About.com Horses readers love their Quarter Horses and many have shared their stories of what life with a Quarter Horse is like.
The Arabian Horse is the foundation of many other light horse breed. They also possess some unique characteristics. Arabian horses have one fewer vertebrae, rib and tail bone than other horses. Learn about the Arabian Horse and it's unique history and characteristics.
Horses in the wild live in small herds and domestic horses feel more comfortable if they have companions too. It can be quite stressful for a horse to live alone. To keep your horse happy, it will need a (preferably equine) friend. You may not be able to afford to keep two horses, so About.com Horses readers have submitted tips for keeping horse companions.