Tommy often lies down in the field for a little nap. Over the winter I found him lying down in the stable when I arrived in the mornings if it was still dark. Chesney used to sleep a lot when he was young and used to lie flat out and Basil enjoys a lie down too. Mostly though they all nap standing up - so how much do horses actually sleep?
Horses can rest their bodies while standing, actually it is easier for them to rest that way than when lying down. This is because when they lie down the pressure caused by their heavy bodies lying on the ground uses much more energy. Their circulatory and respiratory systems have to work much harder.
A horses age affects how much they sleep. Foals sleep lying down and spend about half of their day doing so. As they get older they take less naps and tend to stay standing. Older horses doze more often too. They are all different and all have slightly different sleeping habits.
Horses also enjoy sunbathing. Several will often lie down together BUT one or two will stay standing, on guard.
Have you seen last week's video 'Basil's Spring Makeover' on my You Tube channel. Look out for Chesney's later this week!
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