Horses Coloring Pages
Men owe a lot to horses, especially during the era before industry revolution in the 18th century. Prior to the discovery and mass production of machine powered vehicles, horses are our fastest transportation. Men indeed have been riding this beast for a very long time ago. But there is a lot to do before a horse can be ridden. They have to be domesticated first and it's not an easy thing. Recently, I found out that in Spain, there is even a school for horses where these animals are not only domesticated but also trained to perform certain tasks. In the said school, horses are also paired with the riders. Not all horses can be ridden by anyone. It's said that horse can feel the emotion of the rider; that's why they're quite picky.
I also learned that horses can be grouped in to two: hot blooded and cold blooded. The first one is harder to domesticate due to its aggressiveness, but they're more powerful and can run faster. That's why they're often used as race horses. The second one is easier to domesticate and can be calmed down quickly but their muscles are not as strong as the first one. They're mainly used to pull carriage in many tourism objects. You can find more interesting facts about horses at the bottom of this post. For now, you can have fun with the following printable horses coloring pages. They're free for personal use only.
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Horses Coloring Pages
Horses Fun Facts
- Horses have many names. A male horse is called a stallion. A female horse is called a mare. A young male horse is called a colt. A young female horse is called a filly. While ponies are small horses.
- The Przewalski’s horse is the only truly wild horse species still in existence. The only wild population is in Mongolia. There are however numerous populations across the world of feral horses e.g. mustangs in North America.
- Horses have near 360 degree vision. They do however have blind spots directly in front and behind them. It is extremely dangerous to stand behind a horse as they are liable to kick out if they get scared by anything as kicking out is their way of defending themselves.
- Horses can run shortly after birth. Once they're adult, they can gallop at around 27 mph on average. The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph. They can't be said as the fastest mammal (cheetah runs a whole lot faster), but they have superb stamina, capable of maintaining such speed for long time.
- Vocalizations are highly important to horses. Examples: Whinnying and neighing sounds are elicited when horses meet or leave each other. Stallions (adult male horses) perform loud roars as mating calls, and all horses will use snorts to alert others of potential danger.
- It is extremely unlikely to see all horses in a herd lying down simultaneously. This is because at least one horse will stand as a look-out in order to be able to alert the others of any potential dangers.