Are Horses’ Hooves Similar to Toenails?

David Sanderson Equipment, Food, Preparation & Health

The short answer is yes! Part of the this wall is similar in composition and function to our fingernails and is constantly growing. The hoof is made up by an outer part called the hoof capsule and an inner living part containing soft tissues and bone. As you can probably guess, the outer part protects the sensitive internal hoof tissues. …

Zebra and Horse – A bit similar?

David Sanderson All About Horses

It’s hard to ignore how similar zebras are in comparison to horses. They’re actually both from the same species family and genus, however, you can only find the Zebra in Africa. The most obvious difference are the Zebra’s black and white stripes Aside from location and stripes, but there are many more factors that may set them apart.

The Reason Horses Sleep Standing Up

David Sanderson All About Horses

It does seem a bit silly how horses can sleep standing up. But there’s a great reason for it. By nature, horses are prey animals – which means they are usually being hunted in the wild. Horses have straight backs, so they can’t get up quickly. If a predator gets close to a sleeping horse while it’s lying down, the …

Horse Sounds Part II: The Nicker

David Sanderson All About Horses

A few weeks ago, we blogged about the snort – and this week we take a closer look at a horse’s nicker. The nicker is a vibrating sound that a horse creates with his mouth closed, from his vocal cords. The strength and tone of the nicker vary greatly, and will tell you what the horse is saying. You can …