15 Extraordinary and Incredible Facts About Horses
Horses have been a noble and loyal friend to mankind since roughly 4000 B.C. We share a special connection with these animals that nothing else could replace. Here is 15 strange and amazing facts about these beautiful creatures.
- Horse Hooves are made from the same kind of protein that your hair and fingernails consist of.
- There is only one breed of true wild horses still in existence today called the Prezewalski’s. The only wild population is located in Mongolia. As most people know however, there are numerous populations across the world of feral horses eg mustangs in North America.
- There is only one species of domestic horse in the world. However there are 400 different breeds that are specialized in anything from pulling a wagon to racing.
- The first cloned horse in history was a Haflinger mare in 2003 located in Italy.
- Scientists believe that the first ancestor of the horse today that is known of lived about 50 million years ago and is called Eohippus. It had four padded toes on the front legs and three padded toes on the back legs.
- The world record for the highest jump ever made by a horse is held by a horse called Huaso. This horse jumped 8 feed and 1 and 1/4 inches on February the 5th, 1949 in Vina del mar, Chile.
- The tallest horse recorded in history was a Shire named appropriately as Sampson. He was 21.2 hands tall (7 feet, 2 inches) and was born in 1846 in England.
- Horses have 16 muscles in each of their ears which allows them to rotate the ear 180 degrees.
- Wild horses are known to gather in groups of 3 up to 20. A stallion leads the group which consists of mares and young foals. When young males become colts they are driven away by the stallion and they roam until they can gather their own band of females.
- The average horse’s heart weighs approximately 9 to 10 pounds.
- The record for the longest jump in history over water is held by a horse named Something. Something jumped 27 feet 6 and 3/4 inches on April 25th in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- You can always tell if a horse is feeling cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area of their body is cold the horse will be feeling a chilly.
- A horse’s teeth take up larger amount of space in their head than their brain does.
- The fastest recorded speed of a horse sprinting was 88 kph. Most horses gallop at around 44 kph.
- Horses produce around 10 gallons of saliva everyday.
Everything We Learned in 2017
This year has been a big one for all of us at Central Steel Build. It’s been a year focused on tightening up our operations and systems to allow us to push hard in 2018.
But what have we learned throughout the year that will help us get better? Quite a lot!
Our Customers Are Understanding.
We put in a lot of effort to ensure our buildings go up with as few problems as possible. And most of the time, everything goes smoothly. But with so many people and stages involved it does happen from time to time.
What’s most important is that we do everything we can to sort out problems as they arise. Often, the problems are completely out of our hands, but our customers are always understanding. They appreciate our efforts to move their project forward and overcome obstacles.
Looking back on a project, it’s often our ability to respond quickly to problems that keeps people coming back to us – they know that we can navigate challenges.
Our Business Is Built On Relationships
Every month, about 30% of our quote requests come from new clients. The other 70% come from existing customers and referrals. That is a huge number of people who were so satisfied with our product and service that they’ve decided to build with us again.
We put effort into building the relationships we have with clients, and this is going to become an even stronger focus for our strategy in 2018. Great relationships are the foundation of what we do.
Production Lines Work
In 2017 we introduced a simple, traditional tool to our workshop: the production line. We redesigned the value chain of our workshop to ensure that steel was moving through as efficiently as possible without keeping any of our workers idle.
The production line has increased our output by approximately 30%, and our workers feel more engaged for more of the day.
Our Customers Value Communication
At the end of every project, we ask our clients for feedback and one thing came up frequently: communication. Our clients appreciate being kept in the loop throughout the duration of their project. In line with our culture of continuous improvement, this is something we’ll push and develop in 2018.
We want our customers to feel constantly informed on the progress of their project and we want to open up clear channels for them to check in and ask questions.
We Can Build 443 New Projects In A Year (We Became Even More Experienced)
That’s an average of 41.8 new projects each month. We have directed much of our attention and energy towards ensuring we have the systems to handle this kind of output and that we can continue to grow.
This also means we’re continuing to gather experience across our eight industries. We built a helicopter hangar, an equine vet and a showroom for collectable cars. Experience like this increases the value we have to offer to new clients.