Most horses that break a leg do not recover successfully and are euthanized. Horses rely heavily on the use of their legs, which contain 80 of the animal's 205 bones. They stand much of the time, even when they are sleeping.Continue Reading
The chances of recovery are low because several possible life-threatening or painful and debilitating complications could occur. The likelihood of an infection is high, and the horse's large size makes treatment with antibiotics difficult.
Not all horses with broken legs are killed, though. A horse's chance of a successful recovery is increased if it suffers only an incomplete fracture, is younger or breaks a bone in the upper leg.Learn more about Barnyard Mammals
A 2014 poll of horse owners found that Nelson was the most favored brand of automatic waterers for horses, with over 60 percent of the vote. Ritchie followed in second with almost 16 percent and Miraco Mirafount came in third with almost 14 percent.Full Answer >
A nationwide listing of horses for adoption for free is available on the TheHorse.com. Equine.com also posts a listing of horses available for adoption at no cost. The latter listing includes horses for sale or lease, while the first listing only lists horses for adoption.Full Answer >
Most horses remain in the standing position because their weight places excess pressure on their internal organs when lying down. Adult horses only lie down for brief periods of time. Foals spend more time on the ground during naps until they get older.Full Answer >
Donkeys can reproduce with other donkeys or with horses. When donkeys and horses are bred together, they produce mules or hinnies, which are almost always sterile. There have been a few documented cases of mules reproducing, but it's extremely rare.Full Answer >