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The horse, a majestic animal that many people around the world actively use in their leisure activities. Horses have been used as tools by humans for thousands of years, and even today, they can be valuable aids, especially in the poorer parts of our world. In developed countries, horses are also extensively used for competition. Here are ten facts you should know about horses before riding them – or eating them.

Horses are remarkably fast…

As previously mentioned, people enjoy competing with the help of various equestrian activities, a tradition that goes back centuries. It’s not surprising considering how fast a horse can run. The fastest recorded horse reached an impressive speed of 70.76 km/h (43.97 mph).

Doesn’t match horsepower…

Engines are often measured in horsepower, but the power itself isn’t measured based on an individual horse per horsepower. At most, a single horse can generate up to 14.9 horsepower. So, if you have a car with 110 horsepower, it’s not as powerful as 110 horses. Disappointing, isn’t it?

Engines are often measured in horsepower, but the power itself isn’t measured based on an individual horse per horsepower. At most, a single horse can generate up to 14.9 horsepower. So, if you have a car with 110 horsepower, it’s not as powerful as 110 horses. Disappointing, isn’t it?

World’s smallest horse…

A horse doesn’t have to be large and majestic; they can also be small and majestic. The world’s smallest horse measures only 43 cm (16.93 inches) tall and weighs just under 26 kilograms (57.32 pounds).

A horse could have become a consul…

The Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula (depicted in the statue below) had serious plans to appoint his favorite horse, Incitatus, as a consul.

The Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula (depicted in the statue below) had serious plans to appoint his favorite horse, Incitatus, as a consul.

A passport is a must…

In the United Kingdom, all horses, ponies, and even donkeys must have an individual passport, even if the animal in question is never intended to travel.

Talk about going all-in…

The severed horse head used in the cult-favorite movie The Godfather was actually real (image from the scene below). Quite gruesome for filming that scene.

Multiple blood types…

If a horse requires a blood transfusion during surgery, it can be challenging. Horses have eight different blood types, twice as many as humans.

If a horse requires a blood transfusion during surgery, it can be challenging. Horses have eight different blood types, twice as many as humans.

Inability to vomit…

Horses cannot vomit. In other words, they are spared from the dreaded winter vomiting disease that humans have to endure year after year. However, the inability to vomit can also lead to other problems.

London’s slow pace today…

The traffic in central London moves just as slowly today with our cars as it did in the past when only horses and carriages were used as means of transport.

The traffic in central London moves just as slowly today with our cars as it did in the past when only horses and carriages were used as means of transport.

In the past, it was not uncommon to share a cell with a horse…

Pigshorses, and even insects can be prosecuted in court for crimes in several European countries. Sharing a cell with a horse might not be the most comfortable situation.


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