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Why Do HORSES Sleep Standing Up? (by Request)Equus Ferus Caballus"Siesta" ©-GreenA-
Though it’s not biologically required, horses do most of their sleeping standing up. Their legs can lock          in place, enabling them to fall asleep without falling over. Because they          are prey animals, horses often don’t feel comfortable sleeping on the          ground, and most of their sleeping is done during the day rather than          at night when the predators are out hunting.
Horses have straight backs, so they cannot get up quickly. If a predator          were to come while a horse was on the ground, they might not be able to          get up fast enough to get away. However, horses do occasionally take short          naps laying down during the day. This helps them to rest their legs. You          can sometimes find a horse stretched out on its side, asleep in the sun,          or laying on the ground with its legs folded under. When horses are in          groups, they will often take turns ‘guarding’ each other as they rest,          with one horse standing up near the sleeping horse. This behavior would          help to keep a wild horse from being attacked during a nap.
So, if you see a horse lying down (like the one pictured above), you can be sure that the animal is feeling pretty secure in its surroundings.
Fact Source: http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/info/hq_sleepstandingup.html
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Why Do HORSES Sleep Standing Up? (by Request)
Equus Ferus Caballus
"Siesta" ©-GreenA-

Though it’s not biologically required, horses do most of their sleeping standing up. Their legs can lock in place, enabling them to fall asleep without falling over. Because they are prey animals, horses often don’t feel comfortable sleeping on the ground, and most of their sleeping is done during the day rather than at night when the predators are out hunting.

Horses have straight backs, so they cannot get up quickly. If a predator were to come while a horse was on the ground, they might not be able to get up fast enough to get away. However, horses do occasionally take short naps laying down during the day. This helps them to rest their legs. You can sometimes find a horse stretched out on its side, asleep in the sun, or laying on the ground with its legs folded under. When horses are in groups, they will often take turns ‘guarding’ each other as they rest, with one horse standing up near the sleeping horse. This behavior would help to keep a wild horse from being attacked during a nap.

So, if you see a horse lying down (like the one pictured above), you can be sure that the animal is feeling pretty secure in its surroundings.

Fact Source: http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/info/hq_sleepstandingup.html

Other photos you may like:

Spanish Andalusian Stallion

Przewalski’s Horse

World’s SMALLEST Horse

Lovely Horse Portrait

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    I always used to catch my horse sleeping on the ground. It was so cute watching him sleepishly/sluggishly get up....
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    Reminds me of the horses that were straight up chillin’ in the neighborhoods of Chinle
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    some horses also sleep laying down regularly, as one of my horses does, it just depends of the horse :)
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