Asleep on His Feet

After a long day at a horse show, I’m ready for a nice cool drink, a hot bath, and a good night’s sleep in my comfortable bed. It’s hard to accept that my horse, for all his hard work at the show, gets nothing more than a layer of shavings to bed down in. And while he might stretch out and snooze a bit after our long day, most of the time he’s perfectly happy spending his sleep time standing up.

Equids (horses, asses, and zebras) are the only animals that sleep standing up. According to the Department of Natural Sciences at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the ability to sleep on the hoof evolved as a way to remain

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