Tired Tuesday

Posted: September 1, 2020 in Animals
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Horses don’t actually sleep standing up, but they doze a lot in that position. Try that without falling over! But a horse can easily due to something you don’t have.

But how can a horse snooze while standing? Horses have a unique anatomical mechanism in their hind legs called the stay apparatus. This allows a horse’s knee cap to pop out of place and lock the hind limb in a standing position. Although it sounds painful, in horses, it’s no problem at all. When dozing while standing, this stay apparatus will lock in place in only one hind leg; the other hind limb will be relaxed. Often, the horse appears to be leaning on one hip. The Spruce Pets

When a horse is in that position, we say it’s hip shot.

Sometimes, though, you just have to take a rest, even in the middle of the corral.

The three hours or so of deep sleep a horse needs may come in small amounts during the night. As a prey animal, a horse can’t afford to be deeply asleep too long but evidently this one felt safe enough to relax! 🙂

Hmmmm. For some reason I’m starting to feel as though I need a nap. And by the way, welcome to September!!

  1. restlessjo says:

    Now there’s a fascinating fact to add to my Tuesday! I shall have to throw it into the conversation to impress my lovely horsey friend next time I see her 🙂 🙂

  2. susurrus says:

    I found it interesting too.

  3. Handsome and creative friends you have there. 🙂

  4. peggyjoan42 says:

    An interesting fact that I did not know about horses. Yes, I just got up, but this makes me want to take a nap. Ha September 1 popped on my computer scene to remind me – another month has appeared. There is no schedule during this pandemic and time just drifts away.

    • Time is definitely different right now, especially for me. Most of my “schedule” is doing things for my parents, such as groceries. Garbage pickup is one of the only things on the schedule I can think of. 🙂

      • peggyjoan42 says:

        Glad you are helping your parents. As for old me and my husband we are off to Wal Mart for our early morning every 2nd week grocery run. My daughter is busy taking care of her mother-in-law.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the information. I never knew that. I needed a stay apparatus to keep my head up in staff meetings.

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    Hi Janet: how are you doing? Sorry I haven’t been by for awhile. I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging. Hoping to relaunch it maybe next year with more content. Life is good here. My kids start a hybrid school soon which will be different as we have all pretty much been in the house together every day for the past seven months! Hope you are enjoying Arizona.

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Thank you for teaching me something new today, on the first day of our spring season, Janet!

  8. Cheryl says:

    I have rarely seen a horse lying down. I always thought maybe that meant they were sick or giving birth. Learning is growing!

  9. Jet Eliot says:

    I so enjoyed seeing the horses here, Janet, and learning about their ability to lock in place and rest. Your description was wonderful, I liked the wording matched to the photos. By the time I got down to the last photo, I had to smile. That guy was so adorably relaxed.

    • I didn’t know about the locking in place either, Jet. When horses lie down, they almost look as if they’re dead, but now I’ll know they’re having real sleep. 🙂 Wouldn’t it be useful to only need 3-4 hours of good sleep?

  10. Those are lovely horses. I’ve wondered how they can stand up and doze and not fall down! Thanks for sharing that information.

  11. Ally Bean says:

    I didn’t know this about the sleep habits of horses. I adore that horse in the last photo. Somehow he is the perfect example of how I’ve felt this whole year.

    • 🙂 I wish I could go to sleep like that, but that would be more like my husband. Where has the year gone? I certainly didn’t sleep through it, as it’s been quite eventful for us with the move added onto everything else, but here it is already September. Yikes!

  12. That was so interesting Janet!

  13. Resa says:

    That is vey interesting! Thanks Janet! Love those horse pics!

  14. JT Twissel says:

    Those horses are definitely putting me in the mind to nap! Happy September!

  15. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely photos and interesting information Janet. I’m with Dan on the stay apparatus thing!!

  16. Paula says:

    This was a really interesting read, Janet. Horses are among my favourite animals, just after donkeys. Do they change legs that they lock the following night or is it always the same leg that is locked. Having knee cartilage problem I’m compelled to inquire.

    • I’m not positive, having never observed them overnight, but they can switch hips, although maybe each horse has a favorite hip to cock, just as we tend to favor one side or another. Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  17. scoringbigonfamily says:

    We live near a lot of horse farms, so we get to see lots of random horse behavior. My boys get a kick out of seeing them. I have thought one was sick when laying down before.

  18. Prior... says:

    thanks for the info – nice to know about hip shot – and horses are such beautiful animals –
    and thanks for the welcome to September – it feels like it snuck in

  19. Geri Lawhon says:

    I always wondered about horses sleeping and napping. Thanks for the info.