Rescued ex-racehorse sets record heard ‘round the world!
Guinness World Records has officially recognized Lukas' history making achievement: "Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute."
The seventeen year old ex-racer and former rescue met all the guidelines and identified 19 numbers in less than 60 seconds. Karen Murdock, Lukas' owner/trainer, had quite a list for her beloved gelding during the event. Guidelines for the attempt included the following:
--Qualified veterinary surgeon present
-- No equipment whatsoever to be used by the handler (including a halter) –
Lukas loose and entirely free in a round pen.
-- No touching or pointing by the handler or any other person.
--A single verbal request (a number) solely must be made by the handler.
--The numbers must be placed on the floor/table in front of the horse 20 centimeters apart.
--The horse must return toward center after each number and make a conclusive selection.
--Only correct responses are counted.
--Numbers spoken at random and non-consecutive.
--Two expert witnesses.
--Two expert time keepers with stopwatches accurate to 1/100th of a second.
--Static (non-stopping) filming of entire attempt and focused on attempt at all times.
-- Still photographs documenting the above.
More about Karen and Lukas: http://www.playingwithlukas.com