Is it normal for horses to lay down?

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  1. Imagine That

    Imagine That Full Member

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    Ok, so I have had my horse for about a year now, and she lays down when shes in her stall at night. I have never infact seen her laying down, but when I go out to feed her she had shavings and manure on her sides.Is this normal? She will trot when I ride her(its winter and icy so I dont lope her) and she will canter/trot when I let her out. so do you think this is normal?
     






  2. Ryle

    Ryle Senior Member+

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    Absolutely, horses normally lay down for at least 45 minutes a day. They can't get all their required sleep standing.
     
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  3. Imagine That

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    Thank - you very much!
     
  4. EventerNic6187

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    Yes, in most cases it's normal for a horse to lay down. I can imagine their legs would get pretty tired if they didn't lay down and rest from time to time :)

    As long as she can lay down and get up on her own, and doesn't stay down all day or look distressed (could be a sign of colic), it's normal. When I get to the barn in the afternoon, it's not at all uncommon to see a few of the horses catching a quick nap in their stall. They're usually up again within 30 minutes.
     
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  5. freedom32

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    Yes--horses can nap standing up, but lie down for real sleep.
     
  6. all4him

    all4him Senior Member+

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    Absolutely normal! I have taken pictures of the daytime naps with some of the horses I work with:

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    Then here's a cute video of my favorite haffy at camp:

    http://youtu.be/j18bUPSkTLM
     
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  7. Gulchiesgurl

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    My guy loves to lay flat out as well :) esp when hes got a nice fresh bed! I remember the first time he did it, well that i saw, i made the poor guy get up...lol..i thought something was wrong,but he was all good!!
     
  8. prairiesongks

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    perfectly normal for a horse to lay down.......we have a Belgian and 2 TWH's on pasture and 2 mini's in a dry lot and frequently see 4 out of the 5 laying down along the common fence line. The one standing is on guard duty for those "horse eating monsters" that inhabit their world:rofl:.
     
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  9. EventerNic6187

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    Also, we have a horse that loves it when you just dump a bag of shavings in a pile in her stall after mucking it... She gets a kick out of rolling in the pile and spreading it around herself. She's like a little kid playing in a pile of leaves :D
     
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    Are you serious?
     






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