Happy Chinese New Year! This year we welcome in the Year of the Horse…of course! Horses are known as racers, grazers, and subjects of YA novels, but did you know that horses have also been politicians, musicians, and, if they sleep in the wrong place, outlaws? In honor of the new Chinese zodiac sign, we’re trotting out some truly shocking horse facts!
A horse’s teeth take up more space in its head than its brain.
The record for world’s smallest living horse was set by Thumbelina in 2006. She was just under a foot and a half tall.
Thousands of years ago, an emperor in Ancient Rome tried to appoint his beloved horse to the Senate. When the other senators refused, he made the horse a priest instead.
Bows for stringed instruments are often made from horsetails. (Don’t worry…they’re cut, not plucked!) The next time you hear a fiddle, you can thank a horse.
Some American cities have bizarre horse laws. In Hartsville, Indiana, you can be put in jail if the horse you’re riding is ugly. In Budds Creek, Maryland, it is illegal for horses to sleep in bathtubs.
One of the closest relatives to a horse is the rhinoceros, which makes a rhino the closest thing we have to a real unicorn (minus the magic powers.)
May your Chinese New Year be filled with much horsing around!