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Here are some horse facts that you may or may not have known about!

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The 3 longest galloping strides are recorded as John Henry's famous stride at 26½ feet, Native Dancer (29 feet) and Man O'War (28 feet) has the longest.

A horse's gestation period (time between breeding and birth) is about 11 months, but can be anywhere from 10-12 months.

A horse isn't considered an adult until it reaches age four.

Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.

Horses have a prehensile upper lip. Prehensile means "adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something." Their upper lips are very sensitive and capable of feeling the smallest of differences in objects.

Horses produce approximately 10 gallons of saliva a day.

A newborn foal's legs are already 80-90% of the length they will be when full grown.

A foal is able to stand just one hour after birth.

The World Record log pull was set in 1893: 2 Clydesdale Stallions hauled a sledge stacked with timber weighing 128 tonnes. The equivalent of pulling 22 African Elephants.

The record for the highest jump is 8ft. 1.25in (247cm): By Huaso - ridden by Capt. Alberto Larraguibel Morales (Chile) at Vina del Mar, Santiago, Chile on Feb. 5, 1949.

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