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Horse
Twa Nokota horse staundin in open gressland wi rowin hills an trees veesible in the backgrund.
Domesticatit
Scienteefic clessification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Faimily: Equidae
Genus: Equus
Species: E. ferus
Subspecies: E. f. caballus
Trinomial name
Equus ferus caballus
Linnaeus, 1758[1]
Synonyms[2]

at least 48 published

The horse (Equus ferus caballus)[2][3] is ane o twa extant subspecies o Equus ferus. It is an odd-taed ungulate mammal belangin tae the taxonomic faimily Equidae. Accordin tae scienteefic consensus, the horse hae evolvit ower the past 45 tae 55 million years fae a wee multi-taed craitur, Eohippus, intae the muckle single-taed ainimal o the day. Humans begane tae domesticate the horse aroond 4000 BC, an thair domestication is believed tae hae been widespread bi 3000 BC. Horse in the subspecies caballus are domesticatit, awtho some domesticatit populations leeve in the wild as feral horse. Thir feral populations are no true wild horse, as this term is uised tae descrive horse that hae niver been domesticatit, sic as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, an the anerly remeenin true wild horse. Thare is an extensive, specializit vocabulary uised tae descrive equine-relatit concepts, cowerin iverything fae anatomy tae life stages, size, colours, merkins, breeds, locomotion, an behaviour.

Horse anatomy enables them tae mak uise o speed tae escape predators an thay have a well-developit sense o balance an a strang fecht-or-flicht response. Relatit tae this need tae flee frae predators in the wild is an unuisual trait: horse are able tae sleep baith staundin up an leein doun. Female horse, cried meirs, cairy thair young for approximately 11 months, an a young horse, cried a foal, can staund an run shortly follaein birth. Maist domesticatit horse begin trainin unner saidle or in harnish atween the ages o twa an fower. Thay reach full adult development bi age five, an hae an average lifespan o atween 25 an 30 years.

Horse breeds are lowsely dividit intae three categories based on general temperament: speeritit "het bluids" wi speed an endurement; "cauld bluids", sic as draucht horse an some pownies, suitable for slaw, hivy wirk; an "wairmbluids", developed frae crosses atween het bluids an cauld bluids, eften focusin on creautin breeds for speceefic ridin purposes, pairteecularly in Europe. Thare are mair nor 300 breeds o horse in the warld the day, developed for mony different uises.

Horse an humans interact in a wide variety o sport competeetions an non-competitive recreautional pursuits, as well as in wirkin activities sic as polis wirk, agricultur, enterteenment, an therapy. Horse war historically uised in warfare, frae which a wide variety o ridin an drivin techniques developed, uisin mony different styles o equipment an methods o control. Mony products are derived frae horse, includin meat, milk, hide, hair, bane, an pharmaceuticals extractit frae the urine o pregnant mares. Humans provide domesticatit horse wi fuid, watter an shelter, as well as attention frae specialists sic as veterinarians an ferriers.

Biology[eedit | eedit soorce]

Diagram of a horse with some parts labeled.
Pynts o a horse[4][5]

Specific terms an specialised leid are uised tae descrive equine anatomy, different life stages, colours an breeds.

Lifespan an life stages[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dependin on breed, management an environment, the modren domestic horse haws a life expectancy o 25 tae 30 years.[6] Uncommonly, a few ainimals live intae thair 40s an, occasionally, ayont.[7] The auldest verifiable record wis "Old Billy", a 19t-century horse that lived tae the age o 62.[6] In modren times, Sugar Puff, wha haed been leetit in Guinness World Records as the warld's auldest leevin pownie, dee'd in 2007 at age 56.[8]

Regairdless o a horse or pownie's actual birth date, for maist competeetion purposes a year is addit tae its age ilk Januar 1 o ilk year in the Northren Hemisphere[6][9] an ilk August 1 in the Soothren Hemisphere.[10] The exception is in endurement ridin, whaur the meenimum age tae compete is based on the ainimal's actual calendar age.[11]

The follaein terminology is uised tae descrive horse o various ages:

  • Cowt: A male horse unner the age o fower.[12] A common terminology error is tae call ony young horse a "cowt", whan the term actually anerly refers tae young male horse.[13]
  • Filly: A female horse unner the age o fower.[14]
  • Foal: A horse o aither sex less nor ane year auld. A nursin foal is while cried a soukie an a foal that haes been weaned is cried a weanlin.[14] Maist domesticated foals are weaned at five tae seiven months o age, awtho foals can be weaned at fower months wi na adverse pheesical effects.[15]
  • Libbin (horse): A libbed male horse o ony age.[14]
  • Meir: A female horse fower years auld an aulder.[16]
  • Couser: A non-libbit male horse fower years auld aulder.[17] The term "horse" is whiles used colloquially tae refer specifically tae a stallion.[18]
  • Yearauld: A horse o aither sex that is atween ane an twa years auld.[19]

In horse racin, thir defineetions mey differ: For example, in the Brieetish Isles, Thoraebred horse racin defines cowts an fillies as less nor five years auld.[20] However, Australie Thoraebred racin defines cowts an fillies as less nor fower years auld.[21]

Size an meisurment[eedit | eedit soorce]

The hicht o horse is uisually meisurt at the heichest pynt o the withers, whaur the neck meets the back.[22] This pynt is uised acause it is a stable pynt o the anatomy, unlik the heid or neck, that muive up an doun in relation tae the bouk o the horse.

Size varies greatly among horse breeds, as wi this full-sized horse an smaw powniey.

The size o horse varies bi breed, but an aa is influenced bi nutreetion. Licht ridin horse uisually range in hicht frae 14 to 16 haunds (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163 cm) an can wecht frae 380 tae 550 kilograms (840 tae 1,210 lb).[23] Lairger ridin horse uisually stairt at aboot 15.2 haunds (62 inches, 157 cm) an eften are as taw as 17 haunds (68 inches, 173 cm), wechtin frae 500 tae 600 kilograms (1,100 tae 1,320 lb).[24] Hivy or draucht horse are uisually at least 16 haunds (64 inches, 163 cm) heich an can be as taw as 18 haunds (72 inches, 183 cm) heich. Thay can wecht frae aboot 700 tae 1,000 kilograms (1,540 tae 2,200 lb).[25]

The lairgest horse in recordit history wis probably a Shire horse named Mammoth, wha wis born in 1848. He stuid 21.2 14 haunds (86.25 inches, 219 cm) heich an his peak wecht wis estimatit at 1,524 kilograms (3,360 lb).[26] The current record hauder for the warld's smawest horse is Thumbelina, a fully matur miniature horse affectit bi dwarfism. She is 17 in (43 cm) taw an wechts 57 lb (26 kg).[27]

Pownies[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Pownie

Pownies are taxonomically the same ainimals as horse. The distinction atween a horse an pownie is commonly drawn on the basis o hicht, especially for competeetion purposes. Houiver, hicht alone is nae dispositive; the difference atween horse an pownies mey an aa include aspects o phenoteep, includin conformation an temperament.

The tradeetional staundart for hicht o a horse or a pownie at maturity is 14.2 haunds (58 inches, 147 cm). An ainimal 14.2 h or ower is uisually conseedert tae be a horse an ane less nor 14.2 h a pownie,[28] but thare are mony exceptions tae the tradeetional staundart. In Australie, pownies are conseedert tae be thae unner 14 haunds (56 inches, 142 cm).[29] For competeetion in the Wastren diveesion o the United States Equestrian Federation, the cutaff is 14.1 haunds (57 inches, 145 cm).[30] The Internaitional Federation for Equestrian Sport, the warld govrenin bouk for horse sport, uises metric meisurments an defines a pownie as bein ony horse measurin less nor 148 centimetres (58.27 in) at the withers withoot shaes, that is juist ower 14.2 h, an 149 centimetres (58.66 in), or juist ower 14.2½ h, wi shaes.[31]

Hicht is nae the sole criterion for distinguishin horse frae pownies. Breed registries for horse that teepically produce individuals baith unner an ower 14.2 h conseeder aw ainimals o that breed to be horse regairdless o thair hicht.[32] Conversely, some pownie breeds mey hae featurs in common wi horse, an individual ainimals mey occasionally matur at ower 14.2 h, but are still conseedert tae be pownies.[33]

Pownies eften exhibit thicker manes, tails, an oweraw coat. Thay an aa hae proportionally shorter legs, wider baurels, hivier bane, shorter an thicker necks, an short heids wi braid foreheids. Thay mey hae caumer temperaments nor horse an an aa a heich level o intelligence that mey or mey nae be uised tae cooperate wi human haundlers.[28] Smaw size, bi itsel, is nae an exclusive determinant. For ensaumple, the Shetland pownie that averages 10 haunds (40 inches, 102 cm), is conseedert a pownie.[28] Conversely, breeds sic as the Falabella an ither miniatur horse, that can be na tawer nor 30 inches (76 cm), are clessifee'd bi thair registries as verra smaw horse, not pownies.[34]

Genetics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Horse hae 64 chromosomes.[35] The horse genome was sequenced in 2007. It conteens 2.7 billion DNA base pairs,[36] that is lairger nor the dug genome, but smawer nor the human genome or the bovine genome.[37] The map is available tae resairchers.[38]

Colours an merkins[eedit | eedit soorce]

Bay (left) an chestane (whiles cried "sorrel") are twa o the maist common coat colours, seen in awmaist all breeds.

Horse exhibit a diverse array o coat colours an distinctive merkins, descrived bi a specialised vocabulary. Eften, a horse is clessifee'd first bi its coat colour, afore breed or sex.[39] Horse o the same colour mey be distinguished frae ane anither bi white merkins,[40] that, alang wi various spottin patterns, are inheritit separately frae coat colour.[41]

Mony genes that create horse coat colours an patterns hae been identifee'd. Current genetic tests can identify at least 13 different alleles influencin coat colour,[42] an resairch conteenas tae discover new genes airtit tae speceefic traits. The basic coat colours o chestane an black are determined bi the gene controlled bi the Melanocortin 1 receptor,[43] an aa kent as the "extension gene" or "reid factor,"[42] as its recessive form is "reid" (chestane) an its dominant form is black.[44] Addeetional genes control suppression o black colour tae pynt colouration that results in a bay, spottin patterns sic as pinto or leopard, dilution genes sic as palomino or dun, as well as graying, an aw the ither factors that creaut the mony possible coat colours foond in horse.[42]

Horse that hae a white coat colour are eften mislabeled; a horse that looks "white" is uisually a middle-aged or aulder gray. Grays are born a daurker shade, get lichter as they age, but uisually keep black skin aneath thair white hair coat (wi the exception o pink skin unner white merkins). The anerly horse properly cried white are born wi a predominantly white hair coat an pink skin, a fairly rare occurrence.[44] Different an unrelatit genetic factors can produce white coat colours in horse, includin several different alleles o dominant white an the sabino-1 gene.[45] Houever, thare are na "albino" horse, defined as haein baith pink skin an reid een.[46]

Reproduction an development[eedit | eedit soorce]

Gestation lasts approximately 340 days, wi an average range 320–370 days,[47] an uisually results in ane foal; twins are rare.[48] Horse are a precocial species, an foals are capable o staundin an runnin within a short time follaein birth.[49] Foals are uisually born in the ware. The oestrus cycle o a mare occurs aboot ivery 19–22 days an occurs frae early ware intae hairst. Maist mares enter an anoestrus period in the winter an sicweys dae nae cycle in this period.[50] Foals are generally weaned frae thair mithers atween fower an sax months o age.[51]

Horse, pairticularly cowts, whiles are pheesically capable o reproduction at aboot 18 months, but domesticatit horse are rarely alloued tae breed afore the age o three, especially females.[52] Horse fower years auld are conseedert matur, awtho the skelet normally conteenas tae develop till the age o sax; maturation an aa depends on the horse's size, breed, sex, an quality o care. Lairger horse hae lairger banes; tharefore, nae anerly dae the banes tak langer tae form bane tishie, but the epiphyseal plates are lairger an tak langer tae convert frae cartilage tae bane. Thir plates convert efter the ither pairts o the banes, an are crucial tae development.[53]

Dependin on maturity, breed, an wirk expectit, horse are uisually put unner saidle an trained tae be ridden atween the ages o twa an fower.[54] Awtho Thoraebred race horse are put on the track as young as the age o twa in some kintras,[55] horse speceefically bred for sports sic as dressage are generally nae pit unner saidle till thay are three or fower years auld, acause thair banes an muscles are nae solitly developed.[56] For endurement ridin competeetion, horse are nae deemed matur enough tae compete till thay are a full 60 calendar months (five years) auld.[11]

Anatomy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Skeletal seestem[eedit | eedit soorce]

The skeletal seestem o a modren horse

The horse skelet averages 205 banes.[57] A signeeficant difference atween the horse skelet an that o a human is the lack o a hausebane—the horse's forelimms are attached tae the spinal column bi a pouerfu set o muscles, tenons, an ligaments that attach the shoulder blade to the torso. The horse's legs an huifs are an aa unique structurs. Thair leg banes are proportioned differently frae thae o a human. For ensaumple, the bouk pairt that is cried a horse's "knee" is actually made up o the carpal banes that correspond tae the human wrist. Similarly, the hock contens banes equivalent tae thae in the human ankle an heel. The lawer leg banes o a horse correspond tae the banes o the human haund or fit, an the fetlock (incorrectly called the "anklet") is actually the proximal sesamoid banes atween the cannon banes (a single equivalent tae the human metacarpal or metatarsal banes) an the proximal phalanges, locatit whaur ane finds the "knuckles" o a human. A horse an aa haes na muscles in its legs ablo the knees an hocks, anerly skin, hair, bane, tenons, ligaments, cartilage, an the assortit specialized tishies that mak up the huif.[58]

Huifs[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main articles: Horse huif, Horseshae, and Ferrier

The creetical importance o the feet an legs is summed up bi the tradeetional adage, "na fit, na horse".[59] The horse huif begins wi the distal phalanges, the equivalent o the human fingertip or tip o the tae, surroondit bi cartilage an ither specialised, bluid-rich saft tishies sic as the laminae. The exterior huif waw an horn o the sole is made o keratin, the same material as a human fingernail.[60] The end result is that a horse, wechtin on average 500 kilograms (1,100 lb),[61] traivels on the same banes as wad a human on tiptoe.[62] For the pertection o the huif unner certain condeetions, some horse hae horseshaes placed on thair feet bi a perfaisional ferrier. The huif conteenually growes, an in maist domesticatit horse needs to be trimmed (an horseshaes reset, if uised) ivery five tae aicht weeks,[63] tho the huifs o horse in the wild wear doun an regroweat a rate suitable for thair terrain.

Teeth[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Horse teeth

Horse are adaptit tae grazin. In an adult horse, thare are 12 incisors at the front o the mooth, adaptit tae bitin aff the gress or ither vegetation. Thare are 24 teeth adaptit for chewin, the premolars an molars, at the back o the mooth. Cousers an libbins hae fower addeetional teeth juist ahint the incisors, a teep o canine teeth cried "tushes". Some horse, baith male an female, will an aa develop ane tae fower verra smaw vestigial teeth in front o the molars, kent as "wouf" teeth, that are generally remuived acause thay can interfere wi the bit. Thare is an emptie interdental space atween the incisors an the molars whaur the bit rests directly on the gums, or "bars" o the horse's mooth whan the horse is bridled.[64]

An estimate o a horse's age can be made frae leukin at its teeth. The teeth conteeina tae erupt ootthrou life an are worn doun bi grazing. Tharefore, the incisors shaw cheenges as the horse ages; thay develop a distinct wear pattern, cheeanges in tuith shape, an cheenges in the angle at that the chewin surfaces meet. This allous an estimate o a horse's age, awtho diet an veterinary care can an aa affect the rate o tuith wear.[6]

Digeestion[eedit | eedit soorce]

Horse are yerbivores wi a digeestive seestem adaptit tae a forage diet o gresses an ither plant material, consumed steadily ootthrou the day. Tharefore, compared tae humans, thay hae a relatively smaw painch but verra lang intestines tae facilitate a steidy flow o nutrients. A 450-kilogram (990 lb) horse will eat 7 tae 11 kilograms (15 tae 24 lb) o fuid per day an, unner normal uise, drink 38 tae 45 litres (8.4 tae 9.9 imp gal; 10 tae 12 US gal) o watter. Horse are nae ruminants, thay hae anerly oane painch, lik humans, but unlik humans, thay can utilize cellulose, a major component o gress. Horse are hindgut fermenters. Cellulose fermentation bi symbiotic bacteria occurs in the cecum, or "watter gut", that fuid gaes throu afore reachin the lairge intestine. Horse canna vomit, sae digeestion problems can quickly cause colic, a leadin cause o daith.[65]

Senses[eedit | eedit soorce]

Close up o a horse ee, wi is dark broun wi lashes on the tap eelid
A horse's ee

The horses' senses are based on thair status as prey ainimals, whaur thay maun be awaur o thair surroondins at aw times.[66] Thay hae the lairgest een o ony laund mammal,[67] an are lateral-eed, meanin that thair een are poseetioned on the sides o thair heids.[68] This means that horse hae a range o veesion o mair nor 350°, wi approximately 65° o this bein binocular veesion an the remainin 285° monocular veesion.[67] Horse have excellent day an nicht veesion, but thay hae twa-color, or dichromatic veesion; thair color veesion is somewhit lik reid-green colour blindness in humans, whaur certain colours, especially reid an relatit colours, appear as a shade o green.[69]

Thair sense o smell, while muckle better nor that o humans, is nae quite as guid as that o a dug. It is believed tae play a key role in the social interactions o horse as well as detectin ither key scents in the environment. Horse hae twa olfactory centres. The first seestem is in the nostrils an nasal cavity, that analyze a wide range o odours. The seicont, locatit unner the nasal cavity, are the Vomeronasal organs, an aa cried Jacobson's organs. These hae a separate nerve pathway tae harn an appear tae primarily analyze pheromones.[70]

A horse's hearin is guid,[66] an the pinna o ilk lug can rotate up tae 180°, giein the potential for 360° hearin withoot haein tae muive the heid.[71] Noise impacts the behaviour o horse an certain kinds o noise mey contreibute tae stress: A 2013 study in the UK indicated that stabled horse war caumest in a quiet settin, or if listenin tae country or clessical muisic, but displayed signs o nervishness whan listenin tae jazz or rock muiic. This study an aa recommended keepin muisic unner a vollum o 21 decibels.[72] An Australie study foond that stabled racehorse listenin tae talk radio haed a heicher rate o gastric ulcers nor horse listenin tae muisic, an racehorse stabled whaur a radio wis played haed a heicher oweraw rate o ulceration nor horse stabled whaur thare wis na radio playin.[73]

Horse hae a great sense o balance, due pairtly tae thair abeelity tae feel thair fittin an pairtly tae heichly developed proprioception—the unconscious sense o whaurethe bouk an limms are at aw times.[74] A horse's sense o titch is well developed. The maist sensitive auries are aroond the een, lugs, an neb.[75] Horse are able tae sense contact as subtle as an insect laundin onywhaur on the bouk.[76]

Horse hae an advanced sense o taste, that allous them tae sort throu fother an chuise whit thay wad maist like tae eat,[77] an thair prehensile lips can easily sort even smaw grains. Horse generally will nae eat pushionous plants, houiver, thare are exceptions; horse will occasionally eat toxic amoonts o pushionous plants even whan thare is adequate halthy fuid.[78]

Muivement[eedit | eedit soorce]

Film shawin a horse runnin.
The gallop

Aw horse muive naiturally wi fower basic gangs: the fower-beat walk, that averages 6.4 kilometres per hour (4.0 mph); the twa-beat trot or jog at 13 tae 19 kilometres per hour (8.1 tae 11.8 mph) (fester for harness racin horse); the canter or lope, a three-beat gang that is 19 tae 24 kilometres per hour (12 tae 15 mph); an the gallop.[79] The gallop averages 40 tae 48 kilometres per hour (25 tae 30 mph),[80] but the warld record for a horse gallopin ower a short, sprint distance is 70.76 kilometres per hour (43.97 mph).[81] Besides these basic gangs, some horse perform a twa-beat pace, insteid o the trot.[82] Thare an aa are several foweur-beat "amblin" gangs that are approximately the speed o a trot or pace, tho smuither tae ride. Thir include the lateral rack, runnin walk, an tölt as well as the diagonal fox trot.[83] Amblin gangs are eften genetic in some breeds, kent collectively as gangit horse.[84] Eften, gangit horse replace the trot wi ane o the amblin gangs.[85]

Behaviour[eedit | eedit soorce]

Horse are prey ainimals wi a strang fecht-or-flicht response. Theair first reaction tae threat is tae stairtle an uisually flee, awtho thay will staund their grund an defend themsels whan flicht is impossible or if their young are threatened.[86] Thay an aa tend tae be curious; whan stairtled, thay will eften hesitate an instant tae ascertain the cause o thair fricht, an mey nae ayeweys flee frae something that thay perceive as non-threatenin. Maist licht horse ridin breeds war developed for speed, agility, alertness an endurement; naitural qualities that extend frae thair wild auncestors. Houiver, throu selective breedin, some breeds o horse are quite docile, pairticularly certain draucht horse.[87]

Horse are herd ainimals, wi a clear hierarchy o rank, led bi a dominant individual, uisually a meir. Thay are an aa social craiturs that are able tae form companionship attachments tae thair awn species an tae ither ainimals, includin humans. Thay communicate in various weys, includin vocalisations sic as nickerin or whinnyin, mutual gruimin, an bouk leid. Mony horse will acome difficult tae manage if thay are isolatit, but wi trainin, horse can learn tae accept a human as a companion, an sicweys be comfortable awey frae ither horse.[88] Houiver, whan confined wi insufficient companionship, exercise, or stimulation, individuals mey develop stable vices, an assortment o bad habits, maistly stereotypies o psychological oreegin, that include wid chewin, waw kickin, "weavin" (rockin back an forth), an ither problems.[89]

Intelligence an learnin[eedit | eedit soorce]

Studies hae indicatit that horse perform a nummer o cognitive tasks on a daily basis, meetin mental challenges that include fuid procurement an identification o individuals within a social seestem. Thay an aa hae guid spatial discrimination abeelities.[90] Studies hae assessed equine intelligence in auries sic as problem solvin, speed o learnin, an memory. Horse excel at simple learnin, but an aa are able tae uise mair advanced cognitive abilities that involve categorisation an concept learnin. Thay can learn uisin habituation, desensitisation, clessical condeetionin, an operant condeetionin, an positive an negative reinforcement.[90] Ane study has indicatit that horse can differentiate atween "mair or less" if the quantity involved is less nor fower.[91]

Domesticatit horse mey face greater mental challenges nor wild horse, acause thay live in artifeecial environments that prevent instinctive behavior whilst an aa learnin tasks that are nae naitural.[90] Horse are ainimals o habit that respond well tae regimentation, an respond best when the same routines an techniques are used consistently. Ane trainer believes that "intelligent" horse are reflections o intelligent trainers wha effectively uise response condeetionin techniques an positive reinforcement tae train in the style that best fits wi an individual ainimal's naitural inclinations.[92]

Temperament[eedit | eedit soorce]

Horse are mammals, an as sic are wairm-bluidit, or endothermic craiturs, as opponed tae cauld-bluidit, or poikilothermic ainimals. Houever, thir wirds hae developed a separate meanin in the context o equine terminology, uised tae descrive temperament, nae bouk temperatur. For ensaumple, the "het-bluids", sic as mony race horse, exhibit mair sensitivity an energy,[93] while the "cauld-bluids", sic as maist draucht breeds, are quieter an calmer.[94] Whiles "het-bluids" are clessifee'd as "licht horse" or "ridin horse",[95] wi the "cauld-bluids" clessifee'd as "draucht horse" or "wark horse".[96]

Sleep patterns[eedit | eedit soorce]

Horse are able tae sleep baith staundin up an leein doun. In an adaptation frae life in the wild, horse are able tae enter licht sleep uisin a "stay apparatus" in thair legs, allouin them tae doze withoot collapsin.[97] Horse sleep better whan in groups acause some ainimals will sleep while ithers staund gaird tae watch for predators. A horse kept alane will nae sleep well acause its instincts are tae keep a constant ee oot for danger.[98]

Unlik humans, horse dae nae sleep in a solit, unbroken period o time, but tak mony short periods o rest. Horse spend fower tae fifteen oors a day in staundin rest, an frae a few meenits tae several oors leein doun. Tot sleep time in a 24-oor period mey range frae several meenits tae a couple o oors,[98] maistly in short intervals o aboot 15 meenits ilk.[99] The average sleep time of a domestic horse is said tae be 2.9 oors per day.[100]

Horse maun lee doun tae reach REM sleep. Thay anerly hae tae lie doun for an oor or twa ivery few days tae meet thair meenimum REM sleep requirements.[98] Houiver, if a horse is niver alloued tae lie doun, efter several days it will acome sleep-deprived, an in rare cases mey suddenly collapse as it involuntarily slips intae REM sleep while still staundin.[101] This condeetion differs frae narcolepsy, awtho horse mey an aa suffer frae that disorder.[102]

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