Horses - Running Free
Wildlife Fine Art
Photograph - Mixed Media
Horses are social animals and live naturally in herd or bands. Within these herds, there is a pecking order, with one horse in charge of looking after the others. A horse can move in four ways: walk, trot, canter, and gallop. Galloping is the fastest. Horses gallop at around 44 kph (27 mph). In the gallop all four of the horses legs are off the ground at the same time. When cantering, a horse takes a breath with every stride. The eyes of a horse are larger than most other animals', and they can move independently,
giving the horse a shallow panoramic vision. Because its lenses are inflexible,
a horse will focus on an image by moving its head to direct light rays to the
central part of the retina. Horses can also see in color, although it is more difficult
for them to see purples and violets, they have less trouble with yellows and greens.
The scientific name for the horse is equus caballus.
Technically called monocular vision, horses can use both eyes to look at two different
objects since they are on each side of their head. Hence, they can use one eye to
watch the front, and another to watch the back in case predators are around.
Horses cannot breathe through their mouth. When their nostrils become obstructed, they could suffocate.
There are over 150 different breeds and types of horses.All my art is generated digitally from my original photographs. All images are copyrighted � Wildlife Fine Art. All Rights Reserved. Copying and/or distributing these images without our permission is strictly prohibited. Any unauthorized usage will be prosecuted to the full extent of U.S. Copyright Law.
January 31st, 2015
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