Yes and no. Horses can catch light sleep or ‘doze’ while standing due to a unique arrangement of muscles and ligaments called the “stay apparatus”. However, for REM (deep) sleep, which is crucial for their overall health, they need to lie down.
Equine Sleep Patterns
Did you know horses can sleep both lying down and standing up, or that their large eyes provide nearly a 360-degree field of vision? Prepare to be astounded as we explore everything from their unique communication methods to their exceptional strength, and even unravel the secret of how a horse’s teeth can reveal its age.