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5 Facts About Horses


A horse can sleep both standing and lying down. You probably knew that, but do you think you know everything about horses! Think Again!!

You probably thought you know everything about horses, from their body-weight to their types to all the fun facts you had your hands on. But we are certain that you did not know all about these horses, and so, LA POLO brings to some horse facts you should know.

There is a strong belief that claims horses to be color blind, but is it just a myth or a horse fact? According to what we have researched, we found that it is not true. It’s a fact about horses that they are not color blind, in fact, they have dichromatic vision. This describes that they differentiate between colors on the basis of two-wavelength region of the visible light. Humans on the other side have trichromatic vision. According to the facts about horses, it has been proved that horses can see spectrum of blue and green colors. Horses can recognise colors based on this spectrum, but they can not distinguish the color red. Thus, it proves one of the horse facts wrong. Clearly, the horses are NOT color blind.

The horse facts says that horses can see behind them, but is it all the way correct? Probably you should re-check. According to scientific research done on horses, it has been found that horses have a “panoramic vision”. This means that the horses have “monocular vision” as well as “binocular vision”. With the help of the “monocular vision”, the horses are enabled to see their surroundings from both the sides, with either of the eye. While the “binocular vision” is straight way directed down to their nose and not straight, which proves that horses do have a blind spot just right in front of the forehead. On the other hand, horses do have an advantage because of their wide eyes. It is a horse fact that horses due to their wide eyes are bound to see a lot more. That is they can even notice a slight of motion. Also, in an research it was proved that horses can see well even from a distance, that is 20/30, while for humans it remains 20/20.

In one of the horse facts earlier we justified that horses are not color blind, and here we will be keen to justify that horses can see very well in the dark. It is to be said that horses have rods in their eyes, which help them to see more clearly in the dark as compared to humans. A superiority in the amount of rods, approximately 20:1, along with tapetum lucidum enables the horses to see in the dark. In fact, it has also been studied that horses are able to differentiate between distinct objects in low light. With conversion from low light to dark space, the horse is unable to differentiate between the shapes of the objects but is still able to able to identify enclosure of equipments. Therefore, as one of the facts about horses, it can be said that horses are able to see in the dark.

It has been proved as one of the horse facts that,

“Horses not only remember people who have treated them well, they also understand words better than expected, research shows.”

-Jennifer Viegas

Horses are claimed to be one of the most loyal animals. It has been scientifically proven in various research and studies that horses are friendly animals. They not only remember their trainer or master but also are willing to remember anyone who is good towards them. As a matter of horse fact, horses remember a good gesture by any human forever. Humans friends may come and go, but a horse will remain forever!

Horses can be furious at times, which can result in them behaving in a different manner which is not comfortable or welcoming. Horses as a matter of fact, do bite. But it is also to be said that it is not good for a horse to bite itself, for it can lead to cribbing, injuries and bruises which are deep. What is even more of concern is when a horse bites a human. It is not just annoying but can be really dangerous too. A biting horse can lead to severe injuries and bruises, which might take a lot of time to recover causing a lot of pain. In such a scenario, it becomes of great importance to teach your horse to be obedient. This should be done notifying from its tender age itself, for the horse will build a habit of biting everyone from that age. Hence, it becomes necessary to stop it then and there.

So these were some of the rare facts about horses that we do not pay much attention to. We tend to believe in the prevailing myths and work accordingly. But is the time to bring a change. So let us keep it all in mind and have a good knowledge about horse facts.