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  • Sleeping or dead?

    I love when the horses are so relaxed and at home that they will come into the yard, curl up in a ball and go to sleep. Unfortunately, to the untrained eye they do appear dead.


    Anyone else want to share their "dead" horse photos?

  • #2
    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.
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    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by CosMonster View Post
      and he lifted his head all "huh?"
      I can just picture that. I am sure ours have thought many a time - "HELLO CRAZY LADY WE ARE TRYING TO SLEEP OVER HERE!!!"


      • #4
        How bout a video?

        I walked over to check on my horse in the sun pen and found him SACKED out enjoying the sunshine this past weekend.......



        • #5
          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.


          • #6
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            • #7
              Oh Tanya he was smiling! I love that video!
              You can't have everything. Where would you put it all?


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by Tanyanoel View Post
                I walked over to check on my horse in the sun pen and found him SACKED out enjoying the sunshine this past weekend.......

                I cannot believe that you left that dead horse in broad daylight for everyone to see. How tragic!!


                • #9
                  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!


                  • #10
                    We had some round bales delivered recently, and I got to the barn the other day to find my horse flat out in a huge pile of hay. He looked dead but the snoring gave him away.


                    • #11
                      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.
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                      • #12

                        I love when the horses are so relaxed and at home that they will come into the yard, curl up in a ball and go to sleep. Unfortunately, to the untrained eye they do appear dead.
                        If I didn't see that you lived in Louisiana, I would have said that chestnut is acting like he needs a snuggie! Must be our sudden coldfront. heehee!
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                        • #13
                          She's not quite dead in this one, but clearly on her way to being flat out dead. Love the way her lips are smushed in the dirt



                          • #14
                            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:



                            Seems the youngsters always have a good nap at their first shows. I have this picture from when my one horse went to "camp" (at the show for experience, but not showing yet):


                            Gotta love the eyes closed and hay in the mouth!

                            Then I loved arriving at the barn to see my two sleeping in the turnout, and another mare sacked out in the middle. It was a sleepy kind of day-


                            • #15
                              My colt "dies" every afternoon between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Does not matter where he is, that is NAP TIME.

                              I do have photos somewhere... I'll have to see if I can find them

                              Edited to add: Found them!



                              Sometimes he really freaks me out because when i walk up to him, he'll barely open his eyes and groan a little. Scary! Turns out he's always fine.
                              Last edited by oharabear; Sep. 29, 2010, 06:58 PM.


                              • #16
                                Dusty my blind boy LOVES to sleep, and snore.

                                Here he is blocking the stalls to his "girls" so I couldn't let them out after they finished eating:


                                Here he is waking up "Aw mom! Whydja wake me??"

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                                • #17
                                  My two, catching some major rays:
                                  Equus Keepus Brokus


                                  • #18
                                    DEAD MINI



                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by paintponyz View Post


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Great photos. Gotta love the "dead" mini.