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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 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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Lukas Gets His Own Remote!

Category : In the Press

World’s Smartest Horse Reaches a Quarter-Million Views on You-Tube

Walnut, California — Lukas, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records Academy) and current Guinness World Record Holder (“Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute: 19”), has exceeded 250,000 You-Tube views in just two years. The popular gelding quickly reached celebrity status after his debut on NBC, which was followed by appearances on CBS, ABC, CNN, HLN, Time Warner and Inside Edition.

Lukas’ You-Tube channel (youtube.com/playingwithlukas) offers a wide variety of educational and entertaining videos including his American Horse Publications award-wining documentary. The ex-racer and former rescue, along with his best friend Karen Murdock, are dedicated to bringing awareness to those in need. Lukas’ heart-warming story has spread to almost seventy countries and the “Million Hit Horse” has received mainstream notice that has crossed cultures, languages, genders and generations.

According to Murdock, “Our goal has been to show how smart and wonderful animals are for their improved treatment, and we’re glad to see that this is being recognized.” Murdock, a psychiatric nurse for the last twenty-seven years, believes that practicing kindness toward the innocent and defenseless becomes a way for us to also cultivate acceptance of each other.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”  Albert Einstein

Story Time with Lukas

Category : In the Press

Ex-Racer and Former Rescue Horse Releases Children’s Video

Lukas, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records Academy) and Guinness World Record Holder, has released his newest video Story Time with Lukas to rave reviews. According to Karen Murdock, Lukas’ owner/trainer, “I wrote Story Time for children, and it’s my favorite so far – we’ve had a tremendous response, especially from adults!” With heart-warming pictures to accompany the touching tale of Lukas’ transformation, it gives the viewer an inside look at Murdock and Lukas’ legendary bond.  Excerpts from Story Time:

“I was born to run very fast and win horse races – my name is Lukas. My great-great-grandfather was a famous champion, and my owners hoped that I could be like him. I tried very hard to do what they wanted, but my legs weren’t strong enough, so I got hurt and couldn’t race anymore. My owners found a new stable for me, but when my legs healed I was even slower than before, so they gave me away to someone else. This owner didn’t want to keep me either, and I went to several other homes which got worse with each move. Finally, I ended up with people who didn’t feed me and I became very skinny and sad.”

“One day, a lady drove by and saw me – she felt so sorry for me she offered to buy me. She was a trainer and wanted me to be a jumper. I tried my best, but the work was very hard and it hurt my sore legs. She put me up for sale too because she didn’t want to keep a horse who couldn’t win ribbons. I was advertised as a kind and sensitive horse – I was going to another new home, but this time it would be different.”

See why the rest is history: over one million web-site visitors from sixty-four countries, television appearances, radio segments, a documentary and book, event invitations, titles, awards and even a Guinness World Record. Lukas and Murdock donate their time and services to show how wonderful and intelligent animals are for their improved treatment.

“The measure of our life will not be what we accumulate, but in what we give away.”  Wayne Dyer

“HORSES CAN’T DO THAT!”

Category : Written Words

I’ve been hearing that a lot lately: “Horses can’t do that!” My eighteen-year-old rescued off-the-track Thoroughbred Lukas has been recognized as “The World’s Smartest Horse” by the World Records Academy and has attracted world-wide media attention for his cognitive and perceptive abilities. In addition, Guinness recently approved his record: “Most numbers correctly identified by a horse in one minute: 19.” Furthermore, he performs a wide variety of liberty (free) movements and tricks. All to show the happy results of kind training and how smart and wonderful animals are.

Lukas ran in three races as a two-year-old. Back of the pack finishes and injuries unceremoniously ended his race-track career. He changed homes several times, ending up neglected and emaciated in a yard belonging to people who didn’t know how to care for him or even what to feed him. A local jumper trainer noticed him while she was driving by and bought the then eight- year-old gelding out of pity: “He was skin and bones and his tail was a solid bat of dried mud.” She had hoped to rehabilitate him and eventually include him in her amateur jumping program. After two years though, he still “wasn’t fitting in,” according to her, and I found him advertised in a local newspaper as an “Inexperienced project horse.”

I immediately like his big, kind eye and thoughtful gaze, and after visiting him once more the next day, purchased him. Lukas’ extremely sensitive nature was soon going to become very obvious. Due to working at a challenging job at the time, I enlisted the help of a trainer to prepare Lukas for lower-level competition. Within a short time, Lukas reacted in dangerous and resistive ways: bucking, spooking and bolting. After discontinuing the trainer, I decided to train him myself and hopefully reclaim his trust.

I use a combination of shaping, clicker training and positive reinforcement along with intermediary markers to signal correct inclinations. As a psychiatric nurse for twenty-six years, I’ve borrowed behavior modification techniques from my career, and bits and pieces from over thirty years of studying every type of training elements from birds, zoo animals, dogs and marine mammals.

I started with face and neck tricks and progressed to more complex movements and behaviors. Lukas’ curious, eager nature sparked an exploration into cognitive and perceptual tasks as well. His current repertoire includes: the smile, pose, yes, no, kiss, fetch, sit, blindfold, catch, yawn, wave, pedestal work, Spanish Walk (forward and backward), stay and come, jambette (three-legged pivot), curtsey, passage, bow, crossing his front legs, lay down (and I sit on him), feet together, hide and seek, acting lame, pushing a cart and rearing. In addition, he is able to identify letters, numbers and shapes, discriminate colors, and he understands the concepts of spatial relationships, object permanence, proportion, same/different and absentness.

To date Lukas has been on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, HLN, Inside Edition, and in feature articles released by the Associated Press and America Online. Also, his story has been heard on Pet Life Radio, Pet Talk Live Radio, RFD-Radio, and the Horse Radio Network, among others. He has been in countless magazines, newsletters, forums, blogs, on-line sites and newspapers. In addition, Lukas is the Spokeshorse for After the Finish Line and the Equine Welfare Alliance. Also, he is associated with HEAL (Human Equine Alliances for Learning), a therapy practice in Chehalis, Washington, that assists human trauma victims.

Lukas’ purpose continues to be to show the happy results of kind training.  Horses can do all that – they just need to be taught in a way that they understand.

Photo Credit: Robert Johnson, Sharon Fibelkorn

Honorable Mention from USHorse.biz

Category : In the Press

Click Playing with Lukas to watch Lukas’ submission: Documentary!

Love Beyond Words

Category : Watch Videos

A montage of Karen and Lukas, the world’s smartest horse, played along with the song Heavenly Day. Karen has developed a progressive system based on kindness and shared enjoyment for the horse and trainer. You can see the kindness and enjoyment in every video and photo.