Horse Habitat Facts: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Tammie Mihet

Tammie has taught elementary school for 14 yrs. and holds an MA in Instructional Technology

With the help of humans, a horse can live in almost any habitat. But where can a horse survive all on its own? In this lesson, discover the natural habitat of one of the most beautiful and most loved creatures, the horse!

The Horse: A Majestic Creature

Its black fur shone brilliantly as the sun rose in the morning sky. The majestic creature began to playfully gallop across the open plain, stretching its legs in a burst of speed. Its mane and tail danced wildly as it ran to catch up with the rest of the herd. It was a sight to behold! Lucky are those who see it with their own eyes: a wild horse.

The horse has been domesticated, or tamed and kept by people, for many centuries. Through the centuries, the horse has proven to be a tough animal. It can live in almost any climate and in almost any habitat. However, this is only possible with the help of humans, who provide the horse with three basic necessities: shelter, food, and water.

So, what type of habitat can a horse survive in on its own? Well, wild horses need a habitat that provides those three necessities. Let's explore what habitats wild horses live in and how a horse's habitat provides food, shelter, and water.

A Place to Call Home

Horses prefer wide open areas for many reasons. For one, horses in the wild are not solitary creatures. They prefer to travel in groups, called herds, and you need a lot of space for many of these large creatures.

Another very important reason is defense. When horses are under attack, they generally don't fight back, they run for their lives. And wow, can horses run fast! Wide open spaces allow horses to see a predator sneaking up on them, and the horses can take off at high speed at a moment's notice. They need lots of room to run!

While horses spend a lot of time in open spaces, they also need a place that provides shelter from rain, hail, wind, or even snow. Therefore, horses will also look for a habitat that has rocky cliffs to hide under or a grove of trees to hide in. Habitats with such shelter might include prairies, plains, and steppes, which are large, flat grasslands.

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