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LUKAS GOES ON THE ROAD WITH GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS You Can Count on the World’s Smartest Horse! Walnut, California – Lukas (, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records Academy) and Guinness World Record Holder (“Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute: 19”), is currently being featured in the Guinness World Records “OMG! On the Road” series....

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Video du Jour: The world’s smartest horse? Meet Lukas, a 19-year-old off-the-track thoroughbred that the Guinness Book of World Records has declared “the smartest horse in the world.” Lukas is able to count, identify different numbers and shapes, spell his owners’ names, and perform various tricks. On June 16, 2010, he swept the Guinness record for “Most Numbers Identified By a Horse In One Minute”–he...

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Lukas Has Plenty to Smile About World’s Smartest Horse Grabs a Guinness   Walnut, California --- Lukas (, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records Academy) and Guinness World Record Holder (“Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute: 19”), has been featured in Caters! Caters news is the United Kingdom’s leading independent photo...

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LUKAS – World’s Smartest Horse and Guinness World Record Holder

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“Captivating!,” “Enchanting!,” “Incredible!” – all being used to describe Lukas, a rescued seventeen-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred, owned and trained by Karen Murdock. Murdock’s specialty is the ability to form an extraordinary connection with horses by using trick training and games designed to build confidence, focus and trust. Her success is evident with Lukas – his liberty (loose without any equipment) repertoire includes the yes, no, smile, pose, catch, fetch, being blindfolded, playing hide-and-seek, bow, curtsey, pedestal work, wave, passage (similar to skipping), Spanish Walk (high step), stay and come, sit and rear. However, he’s best known for his cognitive tasks: identifying letters, numbers and shapes, discriminating colors and his understanding of object permanence, spatial relationships, same/different, proportion and absentness. Murdock, a psychiatric nurse, developed a progressive system of teaching based on kindness and shared enjoyment for the horse and trainer. The deep love, respect, and appreciation Lukas and Murdock share is obvious to anyone that observes them and their bond has attracted world-wide attention.

Lukas (race name Just Ask Mike) ran in three races as a two-year-old and left the track after being injured. He changed hands several times and ended up neglected and emaciated in a yard. A local trainer took pity on the then eight-year-old gelding – “he was skin and bones and his tail was a solid bat of dried mud” – she purchased him with plans to recondition him and include him in her amateur jumping program. After two years though, he still wasn’t fitting in and Murdock bought him after seeing him advertised in a local sale ad as an “Inexperienced project horse.” Following brief competition training (by another trainer) that didn’t agree with him, Lukas became extremely sullen, distrustful and resistant to the point of being dangerous. His bad habits included bucking and spooking, even in his own stall, and he had difficulty with even small changes and requests.

Through her consistent and patient retraining, Murdock and Lukas have developed a partnership that many have described as magical.

Play is the basis of Murdock’s system and she demonstrates non-force training (without owning a whip) to encourage positive approaches to issues. Her system leads to quicker comprehension, better retention and broader generalizations which makes subsequent lessons

Once destined for a bleak future, Lukas has been recognized by the World Records Academy as “The World’s Smartest Horse” and Guinness has approved his record “Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute: 19.” He’s appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, HLN, and the Associated Press and America On Line released feature stories about him. Lukas has been in magazines, newspapers, forums, newsletters and blogs world-wide and his story has been on Pet Talk Radio, Pet Place Radio, Pet Talk Live Radio, RFD-Radio and Animal Talk Radio. Also, he was nominated for the 2010 Equine Vision Award sponsored by Pfizer and American Horse Publications. In addition, he is the Spokeshorse for After The Finish Line, an organization dedicated to finding homes for ex-racehorses.

His spectacular Documentary and the second edition of his new book Playing With Lukas (available at Amazon) have been released. Lukas continues to share the happy results of kind training and to show how wonderful and smart animals are for their improved treatment. Click here to watch Lukas’ Documentary live at

Copyright 2011 Karen Murdock is a retired psychiatric nurse, who has been fixing problem horses for over 30 years. Owner of She uses a combination of shaping techniques, a specialized version of clicker training and positive reinforcement. Her unique approach uses games and play as a way to connect and bond with horses to develop confidence, increase focus, improve performance as well as build willingness and trust. All of her services and proceeds go to benefit the horses.

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