DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Horse Sense

July 13, 2018

Horses are beautiful animals.
Most people enjoy horses for pleasure and for riding them.

Horse facts:

  • A horse can sleep either standing or lying down.
  • There are 150,367 horses in Illinois, making it the 18th largest state in horse population.
  • When a horse gallops, all four hooves are off the ground at one point.
  • In Illinois, 645,000 acres of land are used for horse-related purposes.
  • A horse has huge teeth and an excellent memory.
  • A horse drinks about 25 gallons of water each day.
  • Horses are measured in hands. A hand is equivalent to four inches.

Years ago, horses were work horses on farms. They were replaced by the horsepower of tractors. Today, only 24% of horses are used for farm work in the U.S.

American Horse Council Foundation