The most interesting things about horses (Part 2)

5. Create a new breed of Hybrid Equid horse

Hybrid Equid is the common name for a series of horses  crossbred between donkeys and zebras, domestic horses and zebras, horses and mule. This hybrid breed began to be created in the early 20th century with the first hybrid horse being a product of zebras and donkeys.

6. Secrecy of the horse’s eyes

Horses have pretty good eyesight thanks to very special eyes. In terms of width, with a diameter of about 5 cm, the horse is a mammal that lives on the land with the largest eyes, it has a heavy weight 9 times more than the human eye. According to legend, this makes horses see things bigger than humans but in fact this is not true.

The mystery of the horse’s eye power lies in that it cannot focus on looking at a point like a human eye. The lower part of the eye retina sees the objects far away and the upper part looks closer. That means that if you want to know where the horse is looking, you should pay attention to its head.

7. Horses work in the police industry since the 17th century

Police horses were used in law enforcement during peacetime from the 17th century and the first horse police unit was founded in 1805 in London (England), then Australia and the United States. These recruited horses are castrated.

Currently the number of horses used for police is gradually weakening due to the introduction of police motorcycles and other vehicles. However, many countries still maintain some horse police units to promote or use while leading a crowd.

8. Horses give the US economy about $ 40 billion a year

Horses are used for many different purposes ranging from sports, entertainment to breeding and civet in the field. Up to now, horse breeding has become an industry. In the US alone, there are about 4.6 million employees working in this industry, generating revenue for the economy of 39 billion USD annually. Totally in the world today there are 58 million horses being bred in the horse industry.

9. Horses use “smiles” to test smells

You can see a horse with a strange expression that curls the edge of its mouth and bares its teeth as if smiling. But this is a technical operation to extend the nose to scent into the most olfactory glands at the end of the horse’s nose.

Along with the curved lips, the horse also shook its head slightly to allow the odor to enter the deeper olfactory glands. In fact, the horse doesn’t have to laugh, it’s just identifying the smell. This behavior is called Flehmen reaction, which is a common reaction in stallions as well as some other animals to check urine sample to discover whether its mate ready for mating.

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