SabbaticalJune 20th, 2018
The weather has changed and so has the schedule for the foals. Most of the foals are now out in a paddock or a field all night, coming into the stall early in the morning for a couple hours. We’ve gotten a lot of comments from Foal Patrol fans who find it amusing to watch the foals come in and literally collapse in the stall! Clearly, they’re in need of some rest!
Foals will eventually learn to sleep standing, as their mother’s do.
So, how does a horse sleep standing up?
By design – a clever one at that-- the horse’s leg is a system of tendons and ligaments that work together with the kneecap. Animal experts call this the "stay apparatus” – it allows them to relax without collapsing. At any time, a horse needs only to relax the muscles on his front legs, and the stay apparatus will kick in. For the back legs, a horse must rotate its hips to activate the built-in locking mechanism.
Horses may spend anywhere from four to fifteen hours a day in standing rest, and from a few minutes to several hours lying down.
Sweet dreams Foal Patrol foals!