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post #1 of 11 Old 01-23-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Laying down?

we got a new gelding 7 yrs old in october, had him and rode him till dec. then the weather turned and got snowy and cold, we have not been able to get him out since so its been about 2 month, i have a old mare that lays down alot, but now i'v noticed lately that the gelding is laying down alot during the day probably about 5-10 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes at a time......he doesn't seem to be in any pain, and is still personable and inquisitive when we are out there, and a piggy. they are stalled, no pasture....he did come off pasture when we bought him and i know he is bored we have put numerous toys out there to try to pacify him,so should i be worried about how much he lays down?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-23-2013, 07:13 PM
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He's probably fine. Has it been sunny lately?
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-23-2013, 08:50 PM
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He is probably just sunning himself. That said I would look into a few different things. I would look into predators. It sounds like your horse is sleeping a lot. Most horses require around 4 hours of sleep a portion of which is REM sleep. I would wonder if a predator of some sort is keeping them from laying down at night. I would also have the vet out to check your horses feet. It could be a pain issue.

I have an old mare that has arthritis and she lies down for portions of the day. By the same token, I had a younger horse who takes naps at set times of the day. As a yearling we made the mistake of trying to interrupt nap time with the farrier. The horse would not get up. To the point where the farrier just took care of his feet while the horse was napping. Then again he also would only load into the trailer if you gave him his pacifier. His pacifier was a whiffle bat that he picked up one day and carried around. He would go anywhere to get that whiffle bat. He was a bit odd.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-23-2013, 09:04 PM
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So he has been in a stall for the past 2 months ??
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Do you mean he is living in a stall 24/7? No area fenced off for turnout? Horses need to walk to aid digestion.
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My guy's been in a stall just over a month now with no turn out. Finally got approved for turn out on warm days, but his appetite is just fine.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-23-2013, 11:28 PM
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I don't think he's laying down from boredom. If anything, he would be pacing, chewing, weaving or something like that.

As for predators, I think they would lay down less because they would always be on alert. I would say he must feel safe and secure to lay down a lot. Ours are laying down all the time and sunbathing. If it is really cold at night, they may use the time during the warm sunlight to lay down instead of the night.
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for the last 2 weeks or so its been in the 20's with the sun out which is a high temp compared to what we have been having, so ya in comparison its been nice out.
He was vet checked/ and shoed in october and checked out fine with no issues, no leg problem no hoof problems and i have had him out ,walking and he shows no lameness at all that i can see, shoer will be here saturday also.
yes he is stalled we have no pasture to turn out into, his stall is 25x25, we usually ride during the winter but this winter has been particularly harsh to much snow and low temps, we were going to get a pass to a relatively close indoor arena but his loading problems that we worked through when we first got him have returned so that is another issue i have to work on, not to mention my daughter tried to take him out yesterday cause it was pretty warm and he is very sour,rearing and taking off so untill i can get the loading issue dealt with i do not want to ride him on the rode since everything is iced.
There could be lions we do live in a rural area, in a mixture of houses but we also have a reservoir, some hills and a large empty field that boarders the back of our property so it is not unthinkable that something may be coming through there to cross.
so the most likely scenario is that he's sunnying himself ya think?
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If it's sunny they will lay down frequently, mine do. You also need fo get this horse some turnout, that's why he's rearing and being a brat. He's loaded. Being stuck in a stall is no life for a horse, especially if he can't or isn't being ridden.
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O i know thats why he's being a brat. i am a firm believer in if there stalled they must get out but the weather has turned against us this year, usually we at the least trailer them to the local arena and turn them out once, twice a week but this year we have been unable to, we took them down 3 weeks ago and turned them out for 2 hrs when there was a break in the weather but this last time a few days ago he refused to get in the trailer and it appeared his trailer issues had returned, so he got left behind. i know it was the worst thing i could have done was let him "win" but i was not going to risk his safety or mine on a icy snowy driveway.
Like i said we had planed on paying for a membership to a indoor arena but unless i can get the trailer issues worked through i'm not going to spend the $100 buck for the membership.
Don't worry they don't live in there stalls they get ridden hard and usually daily come spring.they show and compete and he will too.
Anyways so sunning is the consensus ok i am happy with that answer i wasn't to worried thats why i just been keeping a close eye, i'v never had one lay down so much except for my old mare.....but if alot of others do it to i'm content with i said he's acting completely normal nothing that would lead me to believe he's in pain or discomfort. o ya and when he's laying down my old mare is usually laying down too, he is stalled right next to her, if that gives any insight.
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