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Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up? 101 of the most perplexing questions answered about equine enigmas, medical mysteries, and befuddling behaviors

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In WHY DO HORSES SLEEP STANDING UP? (HCI Books -- $12.95) the third installment of the bestselling "Why Do" series on pets, venerable writer, horsewoman, and AHP member Audrey Pavia teams up with Good Morning America's vet-on-call Dr. Marty Becker and nationally syndicated pet-care columnist Gina Spadafori, to enlighten equine enthusiasts. This entertaining and informative collection of 101 topics presented in a fast-paced Q&A format will even stump your resident horse expert at least once. With insiders' knowledge and wit, Audrey Pavia and her collaborators unveil little-known facts, myths, behaviors and unusual details about our equine companions.

For example ........ QUESTION: What is the world's most expensive equine purchase?

ANSWER: As of this writing, it's the Green Monkey, a Thoroughbred who was purchased for an eye-popping $16 million as an un-raced two-year-old in 2006. As of press time, the handsome bay remains un-raced (and un-bred), so for now, no one can say for sure if his potential will ever approach his price tag.

If you look at things from another angle, you could argue that the world's most valuable horse is the great Thoroughbred sire Storm Cat. Getting your mare a date with the Big Man will cost you a cool half-million.

Born in 1983, this grandson of the great Secretariat is starting to get a little old for stud duty, but since he has sired other horses who are now successfully standing stud themselves - including two sons who reside at the same stud farm - his influence will be felt for many generations to come.

Other questions that are answered include:

Why do horses get spooked so easily?

How well do horses see?

How do directors get horses to fall down in movies?

Are horses ticklish?

Does a horse know if he has won a race?

And of course... Why do horses sleep standing up? You'll have to read the book to find out!

About the Authors

Audrey Pavia (Norco, CA) is a former editor of Horse Illustrated magazine and an award-winning freelance writer specializing in equine subjects. She is the author of several horse books, including Horses for Dummies, Horseback Riding for Dummies, and Trail Riding: A Complete Guide. She has authored hundreds of articles on equine topics in a number of horse publications, including Western Horseman, The Trail Rider, Equestrian Retailer, Horses USA, Appaloosa Journal, Paint Horse Journal, Quarter Horses USA, Equine Veterinary Management, and USDF Connection magazines.

Marty Becker, D.V.M., (Bonners Ferry, ID) is the regularly featured vet on ABC-TV's Good Morning America; he hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, Top Vets Talk Pets, and is the host of the PBS series The Pet Doctor with Marty Becker, which airs in hundreds of markets nationwide.

Gina Spadafori (Sacramento, CA) is the author of an award-winning weekly column on pets and their care, which is syndicated through Universal Press Syndicate. She is a bestselling author of several pet books, which have sold 375,000 combined, including Dogs for Dummies.

Teresa Becker (Bonners Ferry, ID) is the coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul II.

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101 of the most perplexing questions answered about equine enigmas, medical mysteries, and befuddling behaviors


Audrey Pavia, Gina Spadafori and Teresa Becker

ISBN: 0-7573-0608-2
September 2007