Wild Horse Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

Did you know that wild horses are also called mustangs? This lesson will teach you lots of interesting information about where wild horses live, what they eat, and what they look like!

What are Wild Horses?

Are you a wild horse? Yay or neigh?

This is a silly joke, but you can keep reading to learn all about wild horses and how they are different from other horses.

How are wild horses, or mustangs, different from horses you would see on a farm? The major difference between wild horses and farm horses is that wild horses are untamed. Untamed horses are not domesticated or controlled by humans, which means they might not be very friendly! The opposite of an untamed horse is a domesticated, or tame, horse that you might find on a farm.

Although people refer to untamed horses as wild horses, they are more accurately known as feral horses.

What do Wild Horses Look Like?

Wild horses look a lot like domesticated horses, but they have stronger legs. They have hard hooves on their feet so they can run around in lots of different areas. They can weigh as much as 800 pounds!

Did you know that wild horses can be many different colors? It's true! They can be grey, black, white, or bay, which is a reddish-brown color.

Wild horses are often dirty because they roam around the land and don't have barns or stables to live in like domesticated horses do.

This wild horse is bay colored.
bay horse

What do Wild Horses Eat?

Wild horses are herbivores. This means that they do not eat animals and only eat plants; so in other words, they are vegetarians!

Wild horses eat mostly grass, but they are able to eat leaves and bark from trees, too. Adult horses can eat as much as five to six pounds of food each day.

How and Where do Wild Horses Live?

What do you call a scary female horse? A nightmare! This is another silly joke, but it can teach you about horses. A female horse is called a mare, and a male horse is called a stallion.

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