Horse Facts, Horse Storage and Proper Horse Care

Horse Facts

One of the most common myths about horses is that they can only sleep standing up. But the truth is that horses can sleep standing up and lying down. A horse that is sleeping lying down is not necessarily injured or sick. But when horses do lie down to sleep, it is usually only for 45 minutes each day.

When we are growing up, we are told that humans need eight hours of sleep each night to remain healthy. A horse only sleeps for two to three hours each day.

Horses have the largest eyes of any land-dwelling mammal.

Horse anatomy remains consistent from breed to breed, except for the Arabian horses. Arabian horses have one less rib than every other breed in the world. Arabians also have one fewer lumbar bone in their spines than other horse breeds.

To the untrained eye, two horses of the same breed standing side by side can look identical but in reality, each horse has something unique about its appearance.

Horses are sometimes found in barns, but horses have a disdain for the aroma of pigs.

The oldest horse ever recorded was a horse named Old Billy who lived in the 1800's and died at the age of 62. But, in general, a horse will live for 22 to 25 years.

A horse's eyes are placed in such a way that the horse can see a full 360-degree panoramic view at all times.

Shortly after being born horses are able to run.

The modern type of horse evolved from a much smaller dog like animal that existed 60 million years ago.

Horse Storage

  • Horse Stable Information - Penn State Extension gives some good information on what constitutes a proper stable for horse care. Some of the topics covered include stable design and fire safety.
  • Horse Equipment Storage - Auburn University offers some comprehensive information on properly storing horse equipment such as saddles and halters.
  • Horse Ownership Obligations - The University of Georgia tells you how to build a stable and furnish it properly. This article also offers some helpful information on the costs of housing a horse.
  • Building a Horse Stable - Here is an extremely comprehensive list of plans for building barns and horse stables. This includes complete plans, drawings, and material lists for each project.
  • Choosing a Horse Boarding Facility - The University of Maine gives advice on what to look for when choosing a boarding location for a horse.
  • Manure Management - Detailed information on how to clean horse stalls and manage manure.
  • Stable Pollution Control - This is a scanned magazine article from the EPA that discusses the best ways to reduce pollution in horse stables.
  • Fire Safety in Barns and Horse Stalls - A checklist of things to look for when it comes to fire safety in and around horse stalls.
  • Horse Boarding in Canada - A comprehensive list of information on boarding horses in Canada.
  • Keeping Horses on Farms - UK laws governing boarding horses on farms.
  • Starting a Horse Boarding Business - A slideshow from the University of Maryland on how to open a horse boarding business.
  • Running a Boarding Business - Legal advice for opening and running a horse boarding business.
  • Horse Care and Legal Requirements – This page outlines information on caring for horses, including horse housing information.
  • Housing for Horses – Use this page to determine what type of housing is best for your horse.
  • Housing Standards – This page includes an outline of the standards for the care and housing of horses.

Horse Care

  • General Horse Care - The ASPCA offers a broad range of resources that can be used to properly care for, feed, and house a horse.
  • Feeding a Horse - There is a lot more to feeding a horse than just throwing down a bale of hay. This article explains the best ways to properly feed a horse and what kinds of food a horse prefers.
  • Giving a Horse an Intramuscular Injection - Part of caring for a horse is learning how to safely and properly give a horse an injection of medication.
  • Selecting Horse Hay - Practical advice on how to identify the best hay for a horse based on the look and feel of the hay.
  • Hay and Horse Anatomy - How a horse's body processes hay, the best kinds of hay for a horse, and how to identify problems with hay.
  • Horse Play - The importance of play to the healthy development of a horse.
  • Horse Performance Problems - Tufts University gives a checklist on how to diagnose issues dealing with each of the internal systems of a horse.
  • Equine Event Biosecurity Kit - The California Department of Food and Agriculture offers this informational kit designed to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases at horse shows and other horse events.
  • Horse Care and Management - Comprehensive horse care information from the University of Minnesota Extension.
  • Geriatric Horse Care - A resource for information on feeding and caring for older horses.
  • Caring for a Horse's Feet - This is very detailed and helpful information on how to care for a horse's feet.
  • Winter Horse Care - How to take care of a horse, including feeding tips, during the winter.
  • Horse Care Basics - Basic horse care information from the government of Victoria, Australia.
  • Caring for Horses – A lot of information is provided on this page about how to care for your horse or donkey.
  • Winter Care for Horses – During the winter special precautions should be taken to ensure your horses are as happy and healthy as possible.