Further Interesting Facts about Horses October 14 2015

Here are some more great facts about horses, just to remind yourself that you love such a super unique species.  When you are galloping on a horse, its speed is about 25mph.  However the fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55mph. The canter is 12 to 15mph. The trot is a more sedately 8.1 to 12mph.  The walk is the slowest being 4mph.

A horse has the largest eyes of any other land based mammal and what an ability to see!  – because their eyes are on the sides of their head, they can see near 360 degrees at any one time. A horse’s knee joint is the equivalent to a human’s wrist and his hock joint to a human’s ankle.

Scientists consider that horses took 50 million years to evolve into what we love today and that they started from a much smaller creature.  Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years and Mongolian tribes were one of the first to domesticate them.  Ponies live longer than horses, maybe until they are in their 50s, whereas horses have a lifespan of about 25 years.  Old Billy was the oldest horse on record and he was a barge horse, working the canals in England.  He was born in 1760 and died in 1822 when he was 62. 

As far as records go, we must marvel at the record for the longest jump over water – a horse called Something jumped 27feet, 6 ¾ inches on April 25th 1975.  The record was achieved in Johannesburg in South Africa and Something was ridden by Andre Ferreira.  Huaso jumped the highest jump – he managed 8feet, 1 ¼ inches on February 5th 1949 in Vina del Mar, Chile.  Huaso was ridden by Captain Alberto Larraguibel.