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post #1 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Collapsed! I don't know what's wrong!

So about 15 mionutes ago I looked outside to see my horse appear to be falling asleep: his head went down, eyes closed, then BAM, his front legs gave out and he was just laying there with his butt in the air. After approx a second and a half, he got back up. I continued to watch because I didn't know what was going on. So then about 30 seconds later his head goes down, one front leg steps forward and he just stands there swaying like that, eyes closed.
I believe that this happened earlier in the week too, my dad noticed it, we thought that he was just getting ready to roll, then thought better of it and got back up.
Now I'm worried that something's wrong. I went out to check it out & he was fine, acting all lovey, wanting my to scratch his favourite spot, no signs of him doing it again.
So as I'm typing I'm looking out my window & he seems fine.
Any help would be great at this point as I am home alone & have NO IDEA what to do if it keeps happening.
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post #2 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:23 PM
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This could be a sign of sand colic, or other colic... a mild case, but I would get a vet out to check at any rate, colic or no colic, something isn't quite right.
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post #3 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:24 PM
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I'd get a vet out asap. Horses don't just start falling over for no reason.

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Definitely call the vet right away.

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post #5 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:26 PM
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Narcolepsy? Not unheard of in horses.
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post #6 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:28 PM
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Horses can fall asleep on their feet and if their knees unlock they will fall all the way down or partial.........I would call the vet to make sure there are no underlying reasons for it.

How old is your horse?

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VET. Now!

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post #8 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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We don't really know how old he is, I got him for free from one of my mom's co-workers. We were told 13-15 years.
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post #9 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:43 PM
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Please get him to a vet!
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post #10 of 43 Old 02-02-2012, 01:45 PM
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As Natisha said, it could be narcolepsy.

What concerns me most is that you're saying it's a relatively new thing.

I'd have the vet out if he were my horse.
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