Horse Trance


The horses next door are interesting to watch.  In the morning, if the sun rising above the trees on the horizon is visible, the horses will stand sideways to the sun and absorb the sunlight.  What is most interesting is, as they stand there, they are completely motionless; not a twitch or a quiver, not even any movement from their tales.  It seems like they are in a trance during this ritual and that I am looking at a picture of horses and not a live scene.  I wonder if their consciousness leaves their bodies at this time as they stand there for 15 minutes or more, soaking up the sun’s rays.

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3 Responses to Horse Trance

  1. pollyann says:

    Speaking of horses, “Orb” wins the 139th Kentucky Derby. I like the simple, short name.

  2. pollyann says:

    Sily, Yes, I’ve watched them lie down many times and know they cannot stay that way for long periods. You are probably right that they are sleeping when they are sunbathing at dawn. My sense is that they have vacated their bodies during this time.

  3. Sily says:

    I think they are sleeping. Unlike myself, horses can sleep standing up.

    “…When the horse is standing sill, it is able to relax such that there is little fatigue. Except for a few minutes each day when it is in deep sleep, the horse can remain upright. If necessary, it can remain upright for several days before it lies down. It can “rest” in the upright position because of the ‘stay mechanism” of the forelegs and hind legs. The joints are locked in position by a system of muscles and ligaments.

    When a horse lays down, they are not able to lay down for long period of time as they can stand upright. Rib cages only allow so much pressure for an amount of time. Estimated of 30 mins of laying down is the average a horse does.

    In the wild, horses only lay down in a herd and select few will opt to remain upright. It is their defense to protect the herd as the prey will go for the weak. Horses are at their “weak” moment for prey to attack.”
    Source(s):
    The Horse.
    Second Edition
    Chapter 7: Horse management. Anatomy, physiology, and care of the feet and legs.

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