Horse Facts, Horse Storage and Proper Horse Care

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 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 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.