7 Random Facts About Horses (Even Horse People Don’t Know)

You think you know. But you don’t.

Top image by From Emily With Love

In the state of Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in a bathtub. It’s also illegal to hunt camels in the Great Canyon State. Cutting a cactus could land you 25 years in the slammer. And NO ONE is permitted to manufacture imitation cocaine or have more than two dildos in their house. (So says DumbLaws.com.) It’s good to know someone is focusing on the tough issues.

Arabians have fewer ribs, lumbar bones, and tail vertebrae than other horses. Which means the high tail carriage may have less to do with “pride” and more to do with missing bones.


Bones? Totally overrated.

[Arabians Ltd.]

In Florida, a horse was buried in a human cemetery—on purpose. Old Bob, born in 1877, pulled hearses to Lakeview Cemetery for TJ Miller’s Funeral Home for 28 years. It’s said that he could find his way to the cemetery without a driver. When he died at age 36, the faithful employee was buried in the shade of an old oak tree in the cemetery. He’s the only non-human interred there.

Old Bob headstone

[Weird Florida]

Horses can hear faint sounds as far away as 4,400 meters. (Probably.) They are also capable of hearing sound at much higher frequencies than humans. So it’s possible that when your horse “spooks at nothing,” it could be just nothing you can hear.

I heard that.

I can hear your thoughts.

Horses can feel a fly land on a single hair. Horses can react to pressures that are too light for a human to feel. In fact, sensitivity on the sides of the horse where your leg sits is more sensitive than a human fingertip! Which means “dead sides” on a horse is just a nice way of saying “confusing cues.”

House Fly

Are you calling me FAT?!


An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human. In their defense, the average horse’s body weighs about seven times that of a human. I think we all know who comes out on top in this equation.

Equinophobia is the fear of horses. And it’s hilarious!

Go riding!

Carley Sparks covers show jumping and related ridiculousness at getmyfix.org.


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