Where Wild Horses Sleep
Wild horses are untamed horses that live on their own in the wild. Since they’re not domesticated, certain behaviors lack in them, like listening to human commands or depending on humans for food. Wild horses potentially see us as threats, and whenever they see us, they’d either retreat into the woods to hide by trying to camouflage with the trees or bush.
If you find a horse that is irritable and short-tempered, then instead of going to hide, it will try to challenge you. It will first snort at you and make certain mockery noises to try scaring you away, warning you to keep off. If you come too close to it, then it could easily charge at you, kick you with its powerful legs and even stomp you. They’ve got such powerful legs that they’d kill you just by stomping on you or cause serious injuries that you may not easily recover from. Such beatings cause you to bleed internally, making your trip to the hospital a time of balance between life and death.
Horses are herbivorous creatures, and judging from their size, they’ve got fairly long digestive tracts. For them to feel fully satisfied, horses consume their food almost all day long. As long as they’re awake, not trying to run from their enemy or sleeping, then they’re feeding. Their diet is rich in fiber since herbivores mainly feed on grass, seed heads of grass, edible shrubs, and plants found in the wild. These animals know how to differentiate edible plants from poisonous ones just from their smell.
Animals will rarely consume anything that will smell off to them, almost as if their minds have registered to pick a particular scent from certain plants before consuming them. You will rarely hear that a horse or any animal has eaten what it was not supposed to, only in extreme conditions like where they fed in a polluted area or have gone for days without food.
These horses tend to live near areas with a freshwater supply, drinking from it twice a day, and also search for mineral supplements from salt deposits. They survive in desert areas, semi-arid plains, grasslands, and Savannah, which are considered harsh environments. Some adapted to survive in extreme winter conditions, while others only do well in tropical areas. These animals live a nomadic life, moving from places in a herd while searching for their next meal. Horses in the wild do not live in comfort as those domesticated.
Those domesticated would lie down and sleep peacefully in their designated area, but those in the wild sleep standing. This is because lying down makes them vulnerable to their predators, and sleeping while standing makes them ready to defend themselves at any time, either by running or fighting back. They are heavy animals, and waking up to defend themselves could take some time. Their muscles are adapted to this by locking the major joints in their legs, allowing them to stay in this position without the worry of falling. They will only down if they are sickly, aged, and cannot walk for long distances as they used to or feel too exhausted. Since they’re always moving in herds, not all of them sleep at the same time. They take turns, at an interval of two to three times a day, where when some sleep, others are on the lookout in case a predator is planning on attacking.
The sleeping pattern of these horses changes with age, where it reduces with age. Younger foals will frequently lie down during the day to get their naps, while the elder ones will prefer to do so standing and at lesser intervals. They’d rarely lie down because of their weight, which could restrict blood flow to certain organs, and when standing up, it could take time before blood gets to these areas. This delays activity, causing their muscles to take longer to load to full functionality. Such situations make them vulnerable to their prey since their muscles won’t be fully active to do what they’d want to do to like escaping from danger, hence why they’d rather sleep or nap while standing. Horses are not nocturnal animals, getting most of their sleep at intervals during the day.