Do horses dream? What do they dream about?

Horses do some of their sleeping while standing but they will also lie down for deeper sleep. When we trained horses full time and spent twelve hours a day or more in the barn the horses got pretty comfortable with us being around. This lead to seeing horses sleep…and dream. Too bad I hadn’t thought to grab a video camera back then…but thankful other people have.

Check out this video of a mare while she is dreaming. The whinny at the beginning is cute but I think her dream took a turn for the worse around twenty-eight seconds…watch what she did then! I guess all horse dreams aren’t pleasant.  I wonder what she was dreaming about…

This type of dreaming is what we mostly caught the horses doing in our barn. Apparently ‘running’ dreams are popular with horses. I have noticed this in dogs also!

Is there a cutest dreamer category? If there is…watch out for this little guy!

I had to put one dog ‘running in sleep’ video in here too…here is a link to a dog dreaming the way I have seen them.

And this is a crazy link to a dog who was REALLY dreaming. I’ve never seen this happen before and I hope it never happens to my horse or my dog. Ouch. That was one crazy dream:(



  1. Myojung Yang on February 15, 2015 at 9:35 am
    Horses dreaming are so cute haha

  2. Theresa Lawton on February 15, 2015 at 2:13 am

    My horse Ghost snores as well as dreams!!!! Will have to try to get that on video someday!

  3. Azure James on February 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    how cute!

  4. firnhyde on February 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I have definitely seen horses, particularly young horses, dream while lying down. I think my colt once dreamed of his mother; he suddenly neighed loudly and happily in his sleep, the way a relieved foal calls its dam when it finds her after losing her for a minute, and his legs began to twitch as if he was running.

  5. Rosie on February 14, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I remember sitting with my thoroughbred in the paddock years ago while he was lying down napping after a particularly busy weekend of showing, and he was doing figure 8’s and lead changes in his sleep! Every now and then he would wake up and lift his head, look around and then lie back down and off to sleep again.

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