Since it’s Valentine’s Day we thought we’d share the love with five fun (and interesting) Valentine’s Day related facts about your horse:
Heart to heart
A horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 or 10 pounds (it is about the size of a large melon). With each beat, a typical adult horse pumps approximately one litre of blood.
Horses like sweet flavours and will usually reject anything sour or bitter. However, don’t go sharing your Valentine’s chocs with your horse – you may know about not giving it to your dog, but your horse is also sensitive to the toxic chemical found in chocolate called theobromine.
Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day – now that’s a sloppy smooch!
A zebroid is a cross between a zebra and any other member of the Equidae family (which includes donkeys, ponies and horses). A zonky is a cross between a zebra and a donkey, a zony is a cross between a zebra and a pony and a zorse is a cross between a zebra and a horse.
Skips a beat
The average resting heart rate in a well-conditioned horse is typically between 32-40 beats per minute, while the heart rate at a full gallop can exceed 240 beats per minute. But horses have a wide range of ‘normal’ resting heart rates and a huge range of different ‘normal’ rhythms – so don’t worry if your horse doesn’t seem to fit the mould, if it’s normal for him then that’s the main thing.
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