I Love Horses

Horse has one stomach and a long digestive tract. Horse’s teeth grow throughout their lives. Horse’s life span is approximately 25 years. Ponies live beyond 30 years and mules can live to their 40s.

The horse’s eyes provide almost 360 degree vision. They can see further than humans, although they see less color. The position of the eye provides both binocular and monocular vision. They can see forward using binocular vision. Vision to the sides and rear wards is monocular.

The base of a horse’s ears is very flexible. Their ears are also used to convey emotions.

Throughout their history with humans horses have served many purposes. Our first use for horses was as food. Historians believe they were first used as draft animals. They have been used for farm work, battle, pleasure, and transport. They have pulled everything from canons to barges.

As the popularity and power of the internal combustion engine increased use of the horse shifted from work engine to pleasure animal. Today some cultures still eat horses, and use them to pull loads and ploughs. But these practices are either frowned on or disappearing. For the modern horse lover there are hundreds of sports and activities one can enjoy with a horse or pony and many are kept just for the joy of ownership.


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