What do you know about horses? “Only one: they kick hard. There must be something with those hooves!” “Horses are beautiful. That’s all I need to know, buddy.” “They're smart! They seem to remember!” My people, you and I know the same things. Horses are just… well, they’re gorgeous. What else can I say more about them? *sighs* Anyway, the things you have mentioned are three of the ten fascinating facts about horses. So now, why don’t we ask ourselves these questions: What’s on their hooves? What is the most beautiful horse breed? Why do horses have good memory? Don’t worry. We all have the answers. *smiles*
Let’s start with the hoof. Horse hoof is a thick covering that protects the end of the horse’s leg. Have you ever wondered what’s in those hooves? According to Pauli Poisuo in the ‘List Verse’ website, “the hard parts of horse hooves are made of keratin.” Keratin is a structural protein. As stated by Robert Jones in the website ‘How it Works’, keratin adds strength and it also lessens the level of any damage that could possibly split the hoof irreparably in the event of a crack.
Would you like to know the most beautiful horse breed? Oh well, you’ll fall in love with the Arabian horses. Arabian horses are considered the most majestic of all! *silence* These horses and I are going to get along just fine. *winks* As mentioned in Wikipedia, Arabian horse originates on the Arabian Peninsula. It is also one of the oldest breeds. They are believed to have existed for 4, 500 years. They are used around the world in wars and trade. Arabian horses are known to be alert. They are also “good-natured, quick to learn, and willing to please.”
Now, this is the most interesting fact about horses: they have a good memory. I am once an anime buff. One of the anime I love is… well, I forgot the title. But anyway, a horse is one of the characters. This kind girl, the main cast I presume, is practicing for a horse race. Well, it takes them almost a thousand tries. The horse didn’t want to jump into the fence-like thing. Every time it tries to jump in to it, he remembers the time when he is badly spanked and beaten while doing the same thing. Of course, at first, while watching it, it doesn’t make sense to me. I mean how come? It’s impossible! But a study conducted in 2010 suggests that “if a horse is treated kindly, it will remember the person as a friend for as long as it lives.” Poisou adds, “They also remember places very well—most horses become nervous when they’re taken to a place where they’ve had a startling experience.” Now that explains a lot!
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