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    01-21-2009, 12:25 AM
All of my horses lay down in the mourning at about 11:00 including my neighbors so when I look outside and see a ton of sleepy heads. My horses and the neighbors tend to sleep all together on either side of the fence. Later on throughout the day the babies sleep. Usually the older mares just stand around watching the babies or sometimes they'll take a nap with them.

before I sold my stallion i'd wake up every mourning at about 6:00 and find him asleep in some uneaten hay.
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    01-21-2009, 04:54 PM
Ours lay down every night in their stalls. Once in blue moon one of them will have an afternoon nap, but not often.
    01-21-2009, 08:03 PM
I know how you feel about them lying down because I was always told that it is very unatural. However I have found out threw the years that if a horse feels like it is safe and there is another one watching out they lay down alot more frequently. Poco lays down the majority of the night in his stall and during the day its not uncommon for me to come to the barn and he ge lying down. At the old place I used to board at we had kind of a ditch in the field where there used to be a creek. It took me forever to find Poco one day. I could see him anywhere, he wasnt coming to my whistle, which is not like him whatsoever. He was laying down completely flat in the ditch. He was zonked. I was literally right up on him freaking out before he even realized I was there and then he just looked at me like "uh, you woke me up for what?" It took me a long time before I got used to him laying down alot. He also does it if he gets cold or runs out of hay.
    01-22-2009, 10:52 PM
Ha, Jade was so funny today... she was napping and her nose kept falling into the snow as her head dropped. Everytime her nose hit the snow, she'd wake up -- like one of those old mockingbird toys!

See I'm getting better -- I can see some humour in this now. Thanks again all.
    01-23-2009, 12:34 AM
Just a word of caution... Make sure it is normal for your horse to lie down. My arab was very sick recently, and we only picked up on it because he was lying down during the day. It turned out he had kidney stones, and mild colic because of the stones. Numerous call outs and 3 nights spent at the vets house later he was finally ok. So just make sure that its normal behaviour for your horse.
    01-23-2009, 09:13 AM
Ya, uh huh... that's what I needed to hear. Trust me. I've been through that already... hence my paranoia. There is no "normal" for her yet... she came off the track about 8 months ago. Seems like every third day there is something new still. This is her first winter in the "real" world.

I don't see any stiffness in her movements; her personality is the same; she frolicks; eats well; drinks well; has started putting on a bit more weight again (not that she's terribly thin, just needs some "rounding"). I can't tell about her under saddle because she hasn't had a lot of time under saddle and that only at a walk 90% of the time. Occassional trot and never cantered yet under saddle. So, I've gotta just be still dealing with issues... I appreciate your concern, but that's just put me back to where I was at the start of this thread. I'm SUCH a dough-head!
    01-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Something I was going to add earlier... My horses didn't sleep at night much( they weren't stalled) We have too many night creatures for them to sleep comfortably (like oodles of coyotes) so they slept more during the day. I was just thinking that you're girlie may not be too keen on the owls and other night critters so she's nodding off during the day more, well that and it's colder at night, so she may be busy keeping warm by moving about. Then she gets sleepy in the sunshine of the day and naps.

The snow thing is SO funny!!! I can just imagine! that sleepy eyed look like, huh? What? Every time her nose touched the snow!!!

She's doing great!!! Be patient, spring is coming and she'll be fetlock deep in lush green grass and loving you to pieces!!!
    01-25-2009, 05:27 AM
Oh i'm sorry northernmumma :[ I didn't mean to make you paranoid again...

Maybe I should add that we have had that horse for 7 years and that is the first time lying down was anything to be concerned about, and never in any of my other horses.

I feel bad now!!!
    01-25-2009, 11:51 PM
Wild_spot -- that's OK... you are right though. My fears come from the last horse that I had that laid down often. Ended up he had osteo-arthristis and sesamoiditis. I felt incredibly bad for not picking up on it sooner.

Dumas' Girl -- you might have something there -- we ARE in the bush and we had bears and wolves around in the fall. Only wolves now, but we don't hear them much -- could well be that Lisa sleeps at night and Jade doesn't.
    02-01-2009, 03:20 PM
Yep I get really paranoid about this as well. We had an old mare that would offten lay down in the summer and one day I saw her out there lying down and didnt think much of it, but an hour or two later I saw her in the same place and decided to go out and check on her and she had passed away... my 3 year old little sister came out with me, you try telling a 3 year old why her fav horse wont wake up... so now when ever I see one of the horses laying down, even if its not my own I alwat check on them. Witch I see them laying down everyday, not so much now because of the snow but alot in the summer.

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