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Date:4/18/2014 10:30:34 PM
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Aw, what a cutie Babe is! Thanks, I'm glad you like Pippin's photos.

Sleeping

We all know that horses sleep standing up, right? Well, yes and no. Horses need very little sleep per day, anywhere from a few minutes to 2-3 hours. They don't conk out like us but sleep standing in short intervals. In order to acheive the deep sleep state of REM they have to lie down however they only need about 1 hour of REM sleep every few days. Makes me tired just thinking about it!

The reason that horses have to sleep standing up is because if they lie down for too long their weight pushes down on their organs and can cause permanent and even fatal damage. Miniature horses have no such restriction. They are the neigh sayers of the equine world and can lie down as much as they want. They're not heavy enough for their organs to suffer.

Pippin sunbathes in the late morning after his breakfast and I'm sure that's when he gets his REM sleep. He'll be dead to the world and I can creep up on him without him noticing a thing. If I go out to his pen in the dead of night (like right now) he'll always be awake and up to something.

Today's featured video is not about sleeping! Some of you will have seen it before. I made it entirely with avatars.

Title: The Pretty Bay Mare: A Love Story

http://w ww.horse channel.co m/ho rse-vid eos/wa tch-vid eo-3 12A7326A FD91B447DC6D 437BED1 EAED.aspx

(Don't forget to remove the spaces!)

As always, thank you so much for your support. And if you missed any of the facts just check on Pippin's page. I'm posting each on there at the end of the day. Leaving a vote of appreciation.
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