The Reason Horses Sleep Standing Up

David Sanderson All About Horses

It does seem a bit silly how horses can sleep standing up. But there’s a great reason for it. By nature, horses are prey animals – which means they are usually being hunted in the wild. Horses have straight backs, so they can’t get up quickly. If a predator gets close to a sleeping horse while it’s lying down, the …

Jim Key – Smartest Horse that Ever Was

David Sanderson Horses in History

A motherless foal who quickly became attached to his human caregiver (William Key) – the story of Jim Key is one that is not very well known. Jim was able to do math problems, spell names, share his political preferences, and retrieve a coin from the bottom of a large glass jar filled with water. Skeptical audience members could give …

How to make a Lunge Line

David Sanderson Horse Techniques & Careers

So you might be asking yourself – What on earth is a lunge line? Well, it’s a rope-like piece of equipment, usually 20 feet or longer in length, attached to the halter (picture below) of a horse to provide control while lungeing. Lungeing is a common practice that handlers do routinely to exercise a horse in a circle. The lunge …