Lukas: Horse Who Overcame Adversity Attempts Guinness World Record

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Lukas Attempts Guinness Record for World's Smartest Horse
17 yo rescued Thoroughbred Lukas attempts Guinness Record for World's Smartest Horse. We all know he is. Photograph from Lukas' Facebook page. Cheers!

Lukas, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who stands 16.2 hands, may well be the smartest horse in the country–maybe the world, and owner-trainer Karen Murdock is trying to get him into the Guinness World Records for “Most numbers identified by a horse in one minute.”

On June 16, Lukas was able to identify a correct number at least 18 times.

“The counter said 20, but I think he skimmed two of them,” said Murdock of Southern California. “I don’t know how stringent the Guinness World Records will be. He got between 18-20 correct, which is about average for him.”

Lukas’ journey from broken-down rescue to smartest horse was a long, hard road and can be an inspiration for anyone, Murdock said. “Lukas overcame adversity and that can help our character. It is never too late for any of us.”

He ran three races as a 2-year-old and bowed both front tendons, ending his career. He was found years later filthy and emaciated in a back yard by a woman who took pity on him.

She tried to rehabilitate him for her jumping program-but he was obstinate and dangerous. She sold him to Murdock eight years ago.

“He was a handful,” Murdock said, “but I fell in love with him. Basically, I had to un-train him and use tricks and play to change his attitude and to build a bond with him.”

Lukas has been listed on Yahoo, Google and the World Records Academy as “The World’s Smartest Horse.” He counts, spells, identifies shapes, discriminates colors and grasps the concepts of same/different, proportion and absentness, she said. Read more >>

>> Visit Playing with Lukas on Facebook. He’s also on Twitter . . . naturally!

6 thoughts on “Lukas: Horse Who Overcame Adversity Attempts Guinness World Record”

  1. there was another horse like lukas but he was trained to stomp his hoof when the man who bought him squeezed his withers so many times it could and could not be another fake


  2. when i read stories like this i get all choked up with happiness , this is indeed a very special one…………..There are many if only we all could and would have the time to find each ones specialness…………….it is there in all of them…………………….. If only all of us would see this, there would be no problem………………………for them………………there are many cowardly, money hungry, evil people who cant see passed the end of their noses, I feel very sorry for them , for what they are missing is a great loss for them…………………………..


  3. This is a very special horse indeed. I wish you all the best with the Guiness folks. However, just the fact that you have given him your love and attention is worth all the prizes in the world. God bless you.


    1. It is such a wonderful story. There are so many good souls. Horses are amazing. They seem to bring out the very worst, or in this case, the very best, in people.


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