What Do Horses Do All Day?

A look at the daily breakdown of a stabled horse's schedule.

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If you monitored your horse in his stall over a 24-hour period, here’s what you might see him do (and how much time he might spend doing it):

• Resting while standing (8 – 12 hours)
• Resting while lying down (0 – 6 hours)
• Eating hay (4 – 12 hours)
• Drinking (1 – 3 minutes)
• Urinating (4 -15 times)
• Defecating (4 – 15 times)

“Normal and Abnormal Behavior of Stabled Horses,” Sue M. McDonnell, Ph.D., Havemeyer Equine Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

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