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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 (http://www.playingwithlukas.com), 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 and Louis Vuitton World’s Smartest Horse in Prestige Magazine News Flash – Paulick Report, Abundant Hope, Discover Horses, Good Relationships, Relaxed Horsemanship, That’s Really Wild, Equilink Times, Horsealacious, Just Equus, Equine Chronicle, Happy News, My Horse, Equine Welfare Alliance, Horse and Friends Radio Walnut, California – Lukas, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to...

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Lukas Has Plenty to Smile About World’s Smartest Horse Grabs a Guinness   Walnut, California --- Lukas (http://www.playingwithlukas.com), 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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Equine Affaire – That Can’t Be A Thoroughbred!

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        My horse Lukas, an ex-racer and former rescue, and I are at the Equine Affaire in Pomona, California. We’ve been invited to join the “Thoroughbred Village” along with several non-profits to promote the breed. In case you’re not familiar with racehorses, they tend to be rather high-strung, to say the least. Having been bred over centuries for speed, they have a strong flight instinct, as you’d imagine. Lukas was no different when I bought him; in fact, his sensitive nature is what appealed to me from the outset. As you’ll see, this complex and observant quality is what has made him the most unusual horse on the planet.

            Lukas, after three unsuccessful races as a two-year-old, left the track with injuries. He subsequently changed homes several times, ending up emaciated and neglected in a yard. Following his rescue and rehabilitation, I bought him from a jumping stable where he wasn’t fitting in. As a nine-year-old set in his ways, he would prove to be an immense challenge even though I’ve spent over a quarter of a century training horses. Initially, his spooky nature would have to be dealt with – just hand-walking Lukas a short distance was problematic.

            A desensitization program – gradually increasing the stimulation along with positive reinforcement for successful encounters was practiced repeatedly and calmly. This led to an acceptance of and then a cheerful curiosity about his environment. Our sessions expanded to exploring more new and unfamiliar territory – from advanced liberty (free) movements, we progressed to discrimination tasks. I could always count on Lukas to eagerly attempt and try to absorb the lessons. His willingness to please and desire to succeed seemed boundless.

            This characteristic ability would soon become his trademark world-wide as his understanding of advanced concepts grew. In addition to his large liberty repertoire, Lukas learned to identify letters, numbers, and shapes, discriminate colors, and comprehend same/different, proportion, object permanence, spatial relationships and absentness. During this time, Lukas also became known for being an ambassador of hope for animals in need of second chances.

            And so it was that we arrived at the Equine Affaire to change people’s perception about the trainability of Thoroughbreds. During the next four days, we had the opportunity to share Lukas’ story with many visitors. More than once, we heard “That can’t be a Thoroughbred, he’s too calm.” Even the event coordinator admitted that he was the best behaved equine participant, “We are all amazed at his poise.” His demonstration in front of a noisy crowd went without a hitch, and Lukas has since gone on to change many more opinions about this special breed.           

Karen Murdock

http://www.playingwithlukas.com

Fetching His Towel In The Arena At The Equine Affaire

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Watch Lukas fetch his green towel, shake it, and take it back to Karen. Then while she is talking he tries to pull it out of her hands!

They are in the arena at the Equine Affaire showing off how smart Lukas is and supporting the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

Lukas In The Arena At The Equine Affaire

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Lukas is very friendly with children. In this video you can see one little girl reach up and touch him on the nose.

Lukas “The World’s Smartest Horse” demonstrated to supporters of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the Equine Affaire why he is so smart!

Lukas First Day At The Equine Affaire

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In this video you will see a 17 year Lukas spelling his name. It’s a noisy setting, but he still does well!

There are a total of 4 videos of him at the affair. Subscribe to this blog to see them all or friend Lukas on YouTube.