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    01-23-2011, 11:32 PM
Do horses dream?

I'd never really thought about this before. I went out to the barn tonight and when I got there Lucas was laying on his side, groaning loudly, and kicking his back legs (you know how dogs do when they are dreaming? Like that.) Scared the you-know-what out of me because my first thought was he was colicking. I called his name a few times and clucked at him and got no response for a minute. At that point I'm panicing a bit and wondering if I should go up to the BO's house or call the vet or my trainer, no idea what to do. I called his name again and he pops up (as quick as a horse can pop up) and looks at me like I've scared him. At that point I figured he'd been sleeping (I hadn't been able to tell if his eyes were open or not). I watched him for a few minutes and he did his usual grumpy ears pinned nipping at me routine. Now that I'm home I'm a bit worried that something might have been wrong... Do horses dream like dogs do and move around like that?
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    01-23-2011, 11:45 PM
I've caught my mare doing that once too! It was soo scary, but they must be able to dream... I mean, why not?
    01-23-2011, 11:55 PM
Yes horses dream. They go through REM just like humans, therefore they dream. Your mare kicking her legs and such meant she was in the REM Stage of sleep.

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