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        09-15-2013, 02:06 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I'm with SlideStop on this one. Horses need REM sleep and the only time they get it is when they lay down to sleep. If they're not laying down it's usually because they don't feel secure in their environment.

    I've read a couple of articles on it and dozing off and almost falling down is a classic symptom. It's also dangerous because it could happen while you're riding. Some of the remedies that were suggested are:

    Making sure they have a roomy stall with plenty of bedding and horses that they feel comfortable with on either side.

    Putting a mare in the pasture if the herd consists of all geldings. The jist of this being that a gelding will trust a mare to keep watch better than they will another gelding.

    Good luck, I hope it all resolves itself and that Whiskey is soon laying down and sawing some logs.
         
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        09-15-2013, 02:15 AM
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    Originally Posted by JCnGrace    
    I'm with SlideStop on this one. Horses need REM sleep and the only time they get it is when they lay down to sleep. If they're not laying down it's usually because they don't feel secure in their environment.

    I've read a couple of articles on it and dozing off and almost falling down is a classic symptom. It's also dangerous because it could happen while you're riding. Some of the remedies that were suggested are:

    Making sure they have a roomy stall with plenty of bedding and horses that they feel comfortable with on either side.

    Putting a mare in the pasture if the herd consists of all geldings. The jist of this being that a gelding will trust a mare to keep watch better than they will another gelding.

    Good luck, I hope it all resolves itself and that Whiskey is soon laying down and sawing some logs.
    Thanks JC! I wonder what would have changed to keep him from sleeping all of a sudden. He stays with his two main buddies, and seems fairly happy in the pasture. I have seen nothing else even close to this the past 2 months I've owned him.

    He does usually have dirt/mud on him all over after he lies down, but come to think of it I havent seen any the past two days. I'll put him in a stall for a bit tomorrow and see if we can catch him laying down.

    I always manage to pick the horses with the weirdest issues
         
        09-15-2013, 02:25 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Here is a link to some articles.

    Search Results sleep deprivation
         
        09-15-2013, 08:44 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    We had a horse at our barn that did the same thing and he lived in the stall next to my boy for two years before the first time I saw it. I was stunned and went running for help..thought for sure something was wrong.

    His eyes were closed and it was clear he was dozing..one of those hot and stuffy type days. His front legs buckled and he was going down but before he got all the way he woke up and started eating his hay. Those that responded to my call indicated this was normal for him and that some horses do this.
         
        09-15-2013, 09:12 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    My heart horse used to have issues with sleep deprivation. If his paddock situation was not letter perfect he simply would not lay down for REM sleep. While horses can lock their joints and nap while standing up, to get the most important REM sleep they MUST lay down.

    I discovered it after a similar occurrence to yours. We had introduced a couple of new horses in to the paddock Rex was in a few days before the incident. I was standing next to him, giving him a wither scratch. Next second he had collapsed beside me. Hitting the ground brought him out of it, but he was clearly shaken up. I freaked out, thinking maybe he had a seizure or something sinister like that. I had the vet out to do a full work up and draw blood. The blood work showed something called "leucopenia" which is often the result of exhaustion.

    After that we made sure that he was only turned out with horses that were lower than him in the pecking order or on his own. On the odd occasion that for whatever reason he had to spend a few days in a "less than ideal" turnout situation he would begin to buckle at the knees whenever he napped and we knew it was time to get him back where he felt most comfortable.
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        09-15-2013, 11:55 AM
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    I stopped by the barn on my way to work that morning and Whisk was passed out in the sun with his best buddy snoring away.

    Hopefully this means if something was indeed keeping him from sleeping that its righted itself. Ill keep an eye on him in the future
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        09-15-2013, 12:01 PM
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    Oops
    . Before work *this* morning. Sorry y'all. Was typing on my phone.
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        09-15-2013, 07:50 PM
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    Whiskey went down again while he was eating this afternoon. He had just finished and was dozing and the next thing I knew - BAM. Down he went. :(

    He was standing in the round pen which is thankfully grass eating, so he wasnt tied. I hauled him to the vet school and dropped him off so they can watch him tonight and see what they can see. My vet is going to run some blood tests and call me tomorrow. I hope its not a big deal. I might be over reacting but now two days and out of the blue...nope. Not okay with that.
         
        09-15-2013, 08:06 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Yeah that doesn't sound normal. I'm sending well wishes to you guys!
         
        09-15-2013, 08:17 PM
      #20
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    Sounds like equine narcolepsy. I have no idea how it come on, but that would be my guess. I'll have to research it when I have the time. I have just always been thankful that I have not had one.
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