Horses' Sleep 'Stay Apparatus' Can Cause Limb to Lock

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It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a "stay apparatus" that allows them to remain upright for long periods of time. But this mechanism isn't foolproof and sometimes it causes more harm than good.

Gerald Pijanowski, DVM, PhD,

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