Amazing horse facts [infographic]

The horse (equus ferus caballus) is an ancient animal that has evolved over the past 50 million years to the animal we see today, in its many different breeds. The Amazing Horse Facts infographic points out some of the amazing facts about this incredible animal. If you know of any amazing facts or interesting trivia about horses not listed here, please share with others by adding a comment in the box below.

Amazing horse facts
  • Horses have the largest eyes of any land animal
  • Flehmen response is when a horse curls its lip up, looking like it’s laughing
  • A horse’s back cannot bend
  • Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up
  • The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph (88 kph)
  • Just like a toenail, a hoof is continually growing
  • There are about 75 million horses in the world
  • Sampson was the largest horse ever recorded at an amazing 7 feet 2.5 inches and 3,360 lbs
  • Little Pumpkin was the smallest horse ever recorded at only 14 inches and 20 lbs
  • The fear of horses is known as equinophobia
  • Zebra stripes are as distinctive as human fingerprints
  • Camargue horses are completely white as adults. Their babies are pure black when they are born