My new horse is gonna hate me
My husband and I purchased a 3 year old gelding a couple of weeks ago to go in with our other two horses, a 10 year old mare and a 20 year old gelding. Today, I walked out and he was laying flat out in front of the round bale. I need to learn to control my emotions cause my first though was "OH MY GOD, Blue is sick/dead" I yelled his name and his head popped up like "WHAT!" I know horses need to lay down to get REM sleep, but I have never seen my other two lay down (probably cause they know I am going to panic and wake them!) Poor Blue!
I tend to see the younger horses more likely to have a lie down than the older ones. Not sure if that's how they are or just my experiences.
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Look at it this way, your new horse is comfortable enough to lay down flat out. I've known a few horses that always lay down and I've known horses who hardly every lay down. LOL come to think about it, all the horses that I know that lay down a lot have the personality of a bratty young brother who always causes trouble.
All of our horses usually lay down and go to sleep around noon when the sun is highest and sleep for a few hours. It is quite a sight to see, because they do it at that time, every day that it is sunny. I've had family and friends freak out because they see them laying lie flatties. I wouldn't wan't to start making him too insecure to sleep in front of you, so after you do the check to make sure he is still alive, probably be a good thing to keep the panic screams to a minimal. ;) With my gelding I can and have walked out to him in the pasture and sit down by him. When the sun is just in the right spot, it is so nice that I can't blame them for all just keeling over.
I have a picture where our oldest mare, who is 20+ years old, just decided to lay out flat. That roused a bit of panic, but I just kept an eye on her for a minute and she moved and that was good enough for me. :lol:
For fun, I attached a few pictures of said flatties. First one is the old mare, and second a mare who is only 5 but so wide her legs hardly touch when she lays flat. :lol:
I, too, love to see ours laid flat out! My husband's gelding definitely does it much more frequently (at least during the day when I can look out the window and see them), than my mare does... She always makes me wonder, as she doesn't look like she enjoys laying down... she does that half dog on her side/stomach lay down, with her head bobbing, till she can't stand it anymore, and her head finally drops to the ground. Stays that way maybe 20 minutes, then stands back up to finish sleeping. And she is never as dirty as the gelding!
I do love that it is the same way- they always lay in front of the one tree right out the window, at the same times each day! Working from home has its advantages! :P
I guess they are all different! :)
My QH mare lays down alot, and for long stretches! at first it worried me, had to go wake her up to make sure she wasn't having a problem. She'll lay there for several hours at a time!
I just have to get used to seeing him down like that. My husband said he has seen out mare sunbath in the field. I have never seen our other gelding lay down, but he is 20 years old also. My first horse used to lay down all the time and since I got her when I was 9, I would go to her run in and lay down with her and read for hours. Know I know that he lays down whereever, I probably won't panic seeing him laying down like that. Even though he has a clean bill of health, I am always on high alert the first few weeks that we get a new horse for any problems and issues that may of been hidden.
I found my gelding, a couple weeks after I bought him, flat out on his side, his legs were twitching and he was making odd noises (exactly like a dreaming dog). I went running in there screaming and he opened one eye, gave me a death stare, got up and grumpily stomped off. I apparently interrupted a good dream! Oops!
It's not unusual on a warm, sunny day after the weather has been horrid to go out and find all the horses at the barn completely flat out and sound asleep. They make a poor 32+ pony, who hardly ever lies down, guard them!
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