10 Unique Facts about Horses & Racing

Contributed By Dave "Daily Double" Wildermuth
Posted on 6/19/15 8:00 AM

Horses are amazing animals with many interesting characteristics.  Here is a list of 10 unique facts about horses.

Horse Racing Facts

  1. An adult horse's brain weighs  1 lb 6 oz.  That is just about HALF of a human brain.
  2. Chariot racing was the first Olympic sport dating all the way back to 680 B.C.
  3. Cigar won 16 consecutive races from stretching from 1995 to 1996.
  4. Trotters," use a diagonal gait & "Pacers," use a lateral gait.  This is the difference between the 2 in harness racing.
  5. When a horse is cantering, every stride is accompanied by a breath.
  6. Horses know when a companion dies and will actually mourn.
  7. Frankel went unbeaten through his career, winning 14 times, 10 at group 1 level.
  8. Horses drink at least 25 GALLONS of water a day!  They can drink EVEN MORE in hotter climates.
  9. Descendants of Eclipse account for almost 90% of all thoroughbred horses.
  10. Horses have excellent long term memories.  They really zero in on and can remember about areas where they were scared.

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