National Horse Day is dedicated to the graceful, brave, strong, and wise animals that have helped people since ancient times. They have delivered parcels, plowed land, and even accompanied us in wars. What would we do without them? On December 13, let’s celebrate this wonderful animal by joining in the festivities!
National Horse Day was founded in 2004 by the US Congress. Since then, it has been celebrated with great joy. Legends say that the Indians had primitive horses, but they died out before the Europeans arrived. In the 16th century, the first colonists brought them back, but the indigenous population was not allowed to approach them. This decree was enforced until 1528.
Eventually, the Indians either fought with the settlers or simply stole horses. Some of the animals managed to escape from the settlements, and this is how the Americans learned how to ride. These escapees bred and grew wild, resulting in the famous North American Mustangs.
The first horses in the world appeared about 9,000 years ago, with four types, three of which looked very different from modern horses. Domestication began about 6,000 years ago.
Here are some interesting facts about horses:
- They have the largest eyes of any land animal.
- They can doze off while standing.
- Females have 36 teeth while males have 40.
- They can see almost 360 degrees.
- They do not breathe through their mouth.
- They have a phenomenal memory.
How to take part
On National Horse Day, why not make a dream come true and go for a ride? Taking care of horses is another great way to participate in the celebration You can also send donations to foundations that help horses, watch documentaries or feature films about these animals.
When is National Horse Day celebrated in 2023?
National Horse Day is observed on December 13 each year.