10 Facts About Horses You May Or May Not Know!
Winston Churchill once famously coined, "There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” The former Prime Minister of the U.K. was absolutely right. If you are a horse owner or even an aficionado, you already know how special these majestic creatures are. Whether they're around people or other horses, they are amazingly communicative, display a wide range of emotions, and thrive in social settings. These qualities are part of the reason why horses and humans can develop such a strong bonds with each other.
To give you greater insight into our equine friends, here are some fun facts we’d like to share with you:
Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood.
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse species still in existence. The only wild population is in Mongolia.
Horses have near 360-degree vision. But they have blind spots directly in front and behind them.
They use a range of different vocalizations to communicate. Whinnying and neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Stallions perform loud roars as mating calls, and all horses will use snorts to alert others of potential danger. Mares use deep smooth sounds, whickering, when they are nursing a foal.
Horses will not lie down simultaneously because at least one will act as a lookout to alert its companions of potential danger.
They are social animals, and will get lonely if kept alone, and will mourn the passing of a companion.
Horses like sweet flavors and hate anything sour or bitter.
The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55mph. Most gallop at around 27 mph.
Equine assisted therapy is a growing field where horses help people with a wide range of mental health issues. A relationship between the patient and the horse develops and allows the person to engage with nature through a beautiful and peaceful animal.
Photo sessions of and with your horses not only provide timeless memories, but highlight the strength and beauty of these amazing animals. At Kaitlyn Elizabeth Photography, we will expertly capture the essence of your beloved equines in stunning, full color or black and white photography — images that will take pride of place within your home and serve as a reminder of just how special they are to you and your family! For more information, give us a call today.