Horse Sense Share some interesting horse facts with the group. There are more than 750 million horses and over 300 different breeds of horses in the world. While horses top the scale at about half a ton, their brains are about the size of a baked potato. Horses are not able to vomit, but they do poop up to 14 times a day. Horses ordinarily drink up to 10 gallons of water a day (and, perhaps not coincidentally, produce 10 gallons of saliva each day). Each of the eyes of a horse sees a different image.
Therefore, horses see two different images at the same time (known as “monocular” vision).
The exception is when they look down at their noses.
In this case they have “binocular” vision (as do humans) and see just the one image. Most of the time, a horse’s ears are pointing in the direction they are looking.
If their ears are pointing in two different directions, they are looking at two different things. If a horse has its ears pinned back against its neck, watch out because this means it’s angry. Horses can see all around their bodies with the exception of blind spots directly in front of their faces, underneath the heads, and directly behind them. (Which is why, if you come up to them from behind, you risk being kicked.) Horses lock the muscles in their legs when they go to sleep so they don’t tip over. Ponies are breeds of horses that remain small when they are fully grown, such as the beloved Shetland pony. Are you aware of other interesting facts about horses? 2.
Horse Terms Print this Horse Terms Quiz to hand out and ask participants to match the horse terms with their meanings. Term Definition 1.
What a female horse is called when she becomes a mother. 2.
A newborn horse – either male or female. 3.
A mature female horse. 4.
A female horse age four or younger. 5.
A cross between a male donkey (a jack) and a female horse (usually born sterile).
Read more about Shetland Pony : Ponies are breeds of horses that remain small when they….: