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    03-08-2010, 11:00 PM
Frequently laying down?

My 3 year old Gelding has recently been laying down at least a couple times a day. I really started to notice it Friday when I left the house, thought nothing of it til Saturday when he was down twice.

-No change in appetite
-No rolling, sweating, or discomfort
-Normal movements when up (from what I can see at least)
-Overdue for trim (although I go longer in the winter because his hooves don't grow)
-Been nice lately, for about the last week... (in the high 30's to mid 40's)
-Gets up when I ask him to

Those are kinda the facts that I know.
I did have to put my TB down 2 weeks ago tomorrow (due to liver failure)... they were really attached, could he be depressed? I'm at a loss right now. I'm going to call the farrier tomorrow and get him out in case it's that simple. Will probably place a call to the vet too just to ask him a few questions about it.

Also, when the vet was out here he did the yearly's on my 2 and pulled coggins... if something were to be virally wrong would it show up on there or would they have to test specifically for something?

Thanks guys!

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    03-08-2010, 11:06 PM
You have to specifically test for each disease so no, it would not show up on coggins. Since he doesn't seem to be running a fever, and is eating drinking urinating and defecating normally it isn't likely that there is a systemic infection. I would take his temperature and monitor his heart rate as these go up with colic, but it is very possible there are a few things going on.

He could be sad and depressed, I would be surprised if he wasn't missing his buddy actually. It could also be going through a growth spurt which takes a lot out of them. Also, when you say the vet did yearlies I assume vaccinations were part of that? These can wipe an animal out for a little bit, especially if he is growing/working hard. If the heart rate, temp and food intake and output all seem normal I would give him some time to grieve and adjust but it can't hurt to have a call in to the vet to get their opinion (since he just saw/knows your horse!) Good luck with him, hope he gets to feeling better soon.
    03-09-2010, 07:55 PM
Need more info to do more than guess, but yes, painful feet due to lack of trimming or other reasons can definitely put them off their feet.
    03-09-2010, 08:14 PM
I don't see being depressed is the reason. Yes, I'm sure he misses his buddy [as I'm sure you do too, I'm sorry for your loss] but I've never heard of a horse laying down from depression. Usually it's a loss of appetite or energy. You say it's been nice, it's very possible he is enjoying a good nap in the sunshine. I know my horses have. You also have to remember that horses need to lay down to sleep to get that REM sleep. Sleeping while standing isn't enough to keep them going for long.
    03-09-2010, 08:35 PM
In nice temps, I see all the horses lay down at different times in the warm sun! Lol. Somtimes they look dead.... O.o
Anyway, I agree with tealamutt
    03-09-2010, 08:52 PM
This above post reminded me to add he could very possible be moving to stay in the sun, explaining why you see him up and down so often. It's when he doesn't get up for a meal that you should really start to worry.
    03-09-2010, 10:01 PM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
You also have to remember that horses need to lay down to sleep to get that REM sleep. Sleeping while standing isn't enough to keep them going for long.
Never heard that one before! How interesting! I didn't know that they *needed* to lie down to sleep regularly. Googled it & in wikipedia under horse_behaviour it says that they need 2-3 hrs of REM sleep every few days to meet minimum requirements. Under Hitting the Hay - equine sleep habits it says... "Typically the adult horse expends approximately 45 minutes in actual REM sleep which usually occurs in nine periods of five minutes each."
    03-09-2010, 11:48 PM
I know it really is fascinating, huh? At least I managed to teach someone something. =D
    03-10-2010, 12:22 AM
This may be a little off topic but a horses hooves grow in the winter about the same as any other time of year. Your horse still needs regular trims.
    03-10-2010, 01:20 AM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
This may be a little off topic but a horses hooves grow in the winter about the same as any other time of year. Your horse still needs regular trims.
Hi kevin, I don't think it necessarily sounds like the horse has a problem at all, but I don't think your comment's OT, considering hoof problems & pain are common & could be a possible prob in this instance.

I agree fully that horses need regular trimming at any time of year. But IME it depends on the horse & his care & management as to how much hooves grow at particular times of the year. For eg. Exercise is a big factor of growth, and many horses get a lot less during winter, so growth may slow. Diet is also another consideration, and if nutrients are lacking, growth may slow. Hopefully this is far from a possibility for a 3yo horse, but overall bad health, hoof pathologies & constant, long term shoeing can also inhibit hoof function & growth. Another thing is laminitis - often due to lami/founder it *appears* that a horse's feet - well, more commonly just the toes - don't grow as much.

What I'm getting at is if my horse's feet weren't growing, I'd be wanting to analyse what was wrong in the situation & change it.

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