I don't have photos but my oldest horse who has had health problems over the last few years likes to lay flat out at odd times and not react no matter what. Other horses running? Doesn't move. Dogs barking all around him? Not a twitch. I swear at least 2-3 times a month I am sure he is dead. He's done it all his life but now that he is old I worry more.
Doesn't help when he does it and there is also roadkill on the road so there are vultures lurking about. That happened two weeks ago and I was practically in tears by the time I made it to the pasture and he lifted his head all "huh?" I'm glad he's comfortable and all but I would appreciate it if he would be a bit more reactive.
Four years ago, when Cali was just a baby, she would sprawl out in the middle of the paddock - completely unconscious.
At that time (I live on a family farm), my granddad was still alive and she and her mom were turned out in the broodmare paddock that bordered the main road.
More people disrupted my granddad's day to tell him that the "BABY HORSE IS DEAD IN YOUR PASTURE". I finally posted a sign on his front door that said she was perfectly fine but sleeping, and that babies do, indeed, need their sleep. And to not disturb the baby - because then Mama Horse would be agitated with strangers around her baby (not true - but non-horse people can be really ignorant of horses).
Everyone meant well - but it did disrupt my granddad's day (he had trouble getting around by that time but he loved to watch mare and foal from his living room window - which is why they were there).
Originally Posted by SmartAlex
Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.
Tough life these guys have! I've NEVER seen mine all the way out...but he doesn't have a stall...or a pasture really. There probably isn't anywhere he feels comfy enough to go down like that. It's almost unusual to even find any mud or dirty spots on him above the knees (he lives out...ish). I do love finding them sprawled out like that, so cute!
TANYANOEL: where does one find those mesh panels you have? Are they just the stall panels?
Back to the subject, when I do my night check a lot of times my 4 are all "dead" in a space not much bigger than a stall!! One would think they would spread out so they are not all over each other if one rolls over, but they seem to like it that way.
My one boy is a flat out sleeper -- and he is OUT. You have to jump up and down and yell to get him to raise his head, to confirm he is alive. Used to scare me, but I'm used to it. Here are a couple of pictures: