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Why do horses sleep standing up?

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Karen Callis

on 10 November 2015

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Transcript of Why do horses sleep standing up?

Why do horses sleep standing up?

Why do horses sleep standing up?
Because horses are prey animals they don't like sleeping on the ground. Due to ther straight backs , horses can't get up quickly. Thanks to specialized legs, however a horse can lock it's knees and fall asleep standing up- without falling over!
Why do foals sleep mostly on the ground?
When a horse is first born it can't stand very well. Learning to control it's legs is trivky for a newborn foal. Also for the first few months foals mostly sleep in the grass flat on their side.
Do you know if horses are preadators or prey?
Well, actually they are prey animals. Horses mainly eat grass and plants. Some predators of horses are humans, mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, and even bears. The fact horses are prey animals explains some of their odd behaviors. Prey also means most horses sleep standing up!
A horse sleeping standing up!
Horses eating grass

A horse sleeping standing up!
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