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post #1 of 46 Old 09-15-2013, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Whiskey passed out in the cross ties today

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Put Whiskey in the cross ties today and he was dozing as I groomed him, which isnt abnormal for him. Well I went to put my boots on and I noticed he was sleeping.

Next thing I know he hits the ground and then jumps up like "woah! My bad!". It freaked me out.

My vet was out at the time and checked him over and said everything seemed okay but to keep an eye on him. There havent been any changes in his diet, turn out situation or anything else. Not presenting with pain anywhere. He is a little sore being barefoot and is getting shoes back on Tuesday. But would sore feet keep him from laying down?

My vet acted like it really wasnt that big of a deal, but I have NEVER experienced this. He was not tacked up or anything like that. Just had his halter on. He didnt make it all the way down. Went down in the front (the noise made me think he was pulling back at first) and then woke up and scrambled to right himself. His butt/back legs were on the way down but he woke up before they could hit.

Any body have any kind of experience with this? Anything I should look out for?
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post #2 of 46 Old 09-15-2013, 12:47 AM
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Could he maybe just have fallen asleep? At our barn we have a friesian who does that sometimes. He's checked by a vet head to toe so we know it's nothing medical but he kind of dozes and then if he falls asleep drops his front end to the ground. It freaked us out but our vet said it's normal for some horses and she's seen it a couple of times.
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Sounds like you do one heck of a grooming job!

I would think its possible if he did just fall asleep. Would just keep a close eye, but wouldn't worry too much.
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Thanks! I think thats what my vet was leaning towards also. I had just never experienced/heard of a horse simply falling asleep! I thought their legs locked to keep this from happening?

And ha ha Flygap! Dont let Whiskey be the judge of that. He loves to be rubbed on so I dont know if he cares if its a good grooming job or not. He is just like "ooohh yess rub me!" ha
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I think that some of them are lazy! lol And don't discredit your obviously amazing grooming skills! ;)
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I wonder if he is lacking in true sleep. Cat naps will only cut it for so long. Do you ever see him lay down?

In the mean while keep and eye on him and wake him up when you see him sleeping. Velcro cross ties might be a good idea too. If he falls down all the way he could hurt his neck. The Velcro ties are very strong (i can put my full 220lbs weight on them and they dont budge) but will give if he falls into them.
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He is not a lazy type of guy, so thats another reason I think this sort of shocked me. He usually dozes a bit while waiting on me to finish grooming him, but then he wakes up and starts moving around. I have never even thought "oh hes about to fall over" before.

Maybe he was just exceptionally tired today. I'm just good to know there are other horses who do such things. I'll probably keep an eye on him for a bit just to be safe but good to know its not totally out there. My first thought was "oh my god I bought a narcoleptic horse". ha ha
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Not gonna lie, when I first read the title I thought it said "passed away" and I was about to freak. Good thing I was wrong! I say ditto on what everyone else said. Does he lay down to sleep often? Some horses don't like to lie down often. I see Henny laying down alllll the time, but have only seen my pony lay down twice in the ten years we've owned him. Both times it wasn't "Awww he looks so cute napping!" but an "Omg what's wrong with Bubba?!" because seeing him down is so rare.

ETA: I've trimmed a narcoleptic/dozy horse before. He'd smack me in the face with the cross ties while I was trimming his front feet. He'd fall asleep and then shake his head like crazy as he woke up. And this was a constant thing, every couple minutes.

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I wonder if he is lacking in true sleep. Cat naps will only cut it for so long. Do you ever see him lay down?

In the mean while keep and eye on him and wake him up when you see him sleeping. Velcro cross ties might be a good idea too. If he falls down all the way he could hurt his neck. The Velcro ties are very strong (i can put my full 220lbs weight on them and they dont budge) but will give if he falls into them.
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Hey Slidestop! I have yet to see him laying down. But he is out 24/7 in a 100 acre pasture. I will ask some of the workers if they happen to catch him sleeping early in the AM before I go out. I know that's usually Drifter's favorite time to nap.

He is top dog (hes a mean little baby boy) so I dont think hed be afraid of being bullied or anything. I dont know what would be keeping him from laying down if that is truly the problem.
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This video at about 15 seconds is exactly what Whiskey did in the cross ties. So does that point to a sleep deprivation thing?


A friend said this is a sign of HYPP. But I have looked all through Whiskey's pedigree and I cannot find any Impressive.

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