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        07-06-2014, 11:00 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Gelding has an odd trademark

    So yeah lol I'm not sure where else to put this so I figured this is the spot lol
    My gelding is the love of my life, he makes me laugh all the time! One thing that I find funny but a little unsettling, is the way he gets up after he rolls. He goes down normally but when he gets up, his back end goes up first then he kinda lurches all the way up...I've only seen horses get up front end first then the back end
    He's fine after the roll. Most of the time he runs to catch up with his buddies and he's not sore or anything. No one at my barn has seen a horse do this lol It's funny in a way, sometimes he'll look right at us or wont get up until we are watching. He'll call and call until he either sees us, or we don't come. His ears are always perked up and stuff like that. I just think it's his little trademark! I've owned him for 6 years and he's always done this. Now that he's 12 and getting older, I start to get a little overboard thinking of the possible issues lol
    Has anyone else had a horse with a weird little "trick" ?
         
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        07-07-2014, 09:55 AM
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    Weanling
    The 16.2 TB I ride sometimes falls asleep in the crossties and will tip over onto his side if you push on him. I found this out when I asked him to move over one day. Fell right over in the barn aisle. Scared the snot out of me.
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        07-07-2014, 10:07 AM
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    Showing
    Skia, your TB may be sleep deprived. Horses do need to spend part of a 24 hr period lying down and sleeping. I have one that always seemed to have little stamina. (healthy lungs). He lived here two years before he lay down to sleep. When he started doing this his stamina greatly improved. The stamina I refer to was when he was running with two old horses, he was the first to quit and his respirations were much slower to recover than the two oldies. Once he was laying down regularly he'd tear around with the other two, even throwing in a few big bucks and running when they'd quit.
         
        07-07-2014, 10:40 AM
      #4
    Yearling
    Saddlebag- I've often wondered about this especially when horses are kept in spaces where they don't feel comfortable to lay down. For example, a cramped stall.

    One of my horses will lay down and nap frequently especially when it's nice and sunny in the morning. It's not over frequent but what I would consider normal.

    My other gelding I have never seen laying down. Not when turned out in the arena, nor in his pipe corral or when in pasture. He is they hyper vigilant type. I haven't noticed any stamina issues with him but like skiafoxmorgan's horse he appears to nap when I am tacking up and grooming. I've only had him a year though so I will give him another year to settle in- Lol!
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        07-07-2014, 12:37 PM
      #5
    Started
    Horses need to lay down for REM sleep (dream sleep). They don't need as much of it as humans do I think horses need 3 hours a week or something. That said, dream sleep is essential for appropriate mental function. In humans a lack of dream sleep is what cause the problems seen with lack of sleep (i.e. Behavior changes, staggering etc).

    I had a horse that would suck on her tongue. If you gave her something sweet like sugar she would stick her tongue out and suck on for minutes at a time.
         
        07-07-2014, 03:26 PM
      #6
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Skia, your TB may be sleep deprived. Horses do need to spend part of a 24 hr period lying down and sleeping. I have one that always seemed to have little stamina. (healthy lungs). He lived here two years before he lay down to sleep. When he started doing this his stamina greatly improved. The stamina I refer to was when he was running with two old horses, he was the first to quit and his respirations were much slower to recover than the two oldies. Once he was laying down regularly he'd tear around with the other two, even throwing in a few big bucks and running when they'd quit.
    I don't know. His owner said it only happens in the crossties. He just...relaxes and goes to sleep. He is turned out in a large pasture for the larger part of the twenty-four hour day, and when he IS stalled, it's a large box stall, plenty big enough for him to lay down. That said, I don't think I've personally ever seen him down. So, maybe. Just the darndest thing I've ever experienced. :)
         
        07-07-2014, 06:53 PM
      #7
    Started
    The other possibility is narcolepsy. A stable nearby had a horse that was narcoleptic, it was related to him being relaxed. So he would be in cross ties and than suddenly collapse to one side. It alarmed them the first few times but now they just don't let him get to relaxed in the cross ties.
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        07-08-2014, 02:11 AM
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    Weanling
    That is exactly what his owner said about him. "Just make sure he's awake before you ask him to move." but I wanna hear more quirky horse stories!
         
        07-08-2014, 02:19 AM
      #9
    Showing
    My best friend's QH mare sticks her tongue out to the side almost constantly. Especially if she knows you have treats. Makes her look a bit derpy.

    Her TB gelding will nod incessantly if he wants something. He will also get so wound up if he can't see the mare and filly that he will stand at the gate and bounce on his forelegs (his feet won't leave the ground, but he'll just stand there and bounce, like a person would on their toes). He's a mean cuss and will bite at the mares constantly, but if he can't see them, he gets frantic.
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        07-08-2014, 02:25 AM
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    Weanling
    Horses need REM skeep 3 to 4 hours in a 24 hour period....other wise they nap standing up due to thier stay aparatus (which is not functional at REM level of sleep)
         

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