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  • #21
    During horse show season I have a recurring dream that someone has stolen my horse from his stall. When I was younger, my first horse was stolen from his stall in our barn at home and wasn't recovered for over a year. When people at the shows joke that they are going to "steal" my horse or take him home with them, it actually makes me really nervous because it has happened to me before. That is the worst dream.


    • #22
      Am I the only one that has colick dreams?

      I always dream that my horse is colicking, and I wake up panicking and have to remind myself its all a dream, although I lost my last horse to colick and my current horse had colick surgery and now colicks at the drop of a hat.

      I wish I could have nice dreams about horses.


      • #23
        My gelding is in his third month of stall rest for a bad tendon rupture. My vet wanted to wait a little while to ultrasound him due to the amount of pain and swelling he had. He referred us to another vet who is a lameness specialist for this, and of course just as the horse was due to be ultrasounded, the vet we were referred had to be out of state on some consults which delayed our original date of 1 month out another two week.
        I'm there with a horse who I am not certain won't have to be put down due to the severity of his lameness according to our vet, having just lost my heart horse in November to colic, got this new guy for Christmas, and here it was just into February, fell for him hard, he's possibly the most "perfect for me" horse I've put a leg over and the horse I am hoping will take me to a national eq final, having dreamed of doing that since my jr exhibitor days....

        Oh... the dreams...

        Best one I remember is the one where the vet comes out and ultrasounds and does a bunch of tests. The final verdict? Stewie was never going to heal. Because he was an alien. And aliens don't have peroneus tertius tendons and whatever it is they have instead doesn't regenerate.

        Woke up from that one totally "W...... T...... F........"


        • #24
          Mine usually involve trying to get home about 40 miles in a moribund golf cart I had 20 years ago. In the snow . . .


          • #25
            my anxiety dreams seem to be about babies (human ones--and I'm not a mother!). The dependency/anxiety factor seems to be a common theme with animals and children...

            My recurring horse dreams are about the mare I owned as a child, and are not really anxiety dreams, but wish-fulfillment dreams that she is still alive somewhere, and I'm finding her again, to much surprise and joy. Both of us are so happy to see each other again.

            I don't seem to dream about my current 2 horses--in my backyard, loved and cared for everyday, nothing too stressful about them seems to come up--in fact, they are my refuge from stress on the job(I'm a social worker)!


            • #26
              I usually only have vivid dreams when I fall asleep accidentally. Like when you're kind of hovering in that "I'm asleep but not quite asleep state". Although I did have a dream the other night about the pony getting out...and he actually did get out somehow. Still not sure how because all gates were latched and fences were up. Thankfully he only got from the paddock to the larger part of the field so no harm was done. But still...weird.
              come what may

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              • #27
                I've had a few of these dreams.

                In one, I've sold my horse and I really, really regret it. I see him being treated horribly by his new owners and they won't sell him back to me. I am crying in this dream and I wake up so relieved!

                Now that I have my horses at home, I also have bad dreams that they are boarded out at places and not getting fed or turned out or they have moved my horse to a horrible little stall. These dreams are frustrating and I feel so helpless.

                I do, also, have great horsey dreams, where I am riding and the sun is shining on my face and I am in perfect balance with no fear or tension whatsoever. Love those ones.

                Great idea for a thread!

                edited to add: I've also had the "forgotten pet" dream, but only with tropical fish (I used to keep a few aquariums), and in these dreams, I'm not the one who has forgotten the fish, but I am the one to find them and try to nurse them back to health.
                Why must you chastise my brilliant idea with facts and logic? **picks up toys (and wine) and goes home**


                • #28
                  Originally posted by inne View Post
                  Ever since I was a kid (way before I actually had a horse) I've had dreams where I forget I own a horse. Then suddenly I remember and the horse hasn't been fed or turned out or ridden in months and months but is somehow still alive and I feel like the most horrible person in the world. Like I feel guilty even now, that's how much this dream has screwed me up.
                  I have that dream, too. I always feel terrible in the morning. In the dream the horse hasn't been watered either.
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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by NotAtTheBarn View Post
                    During horse show season I have a recurring dream that someone has stolen my horse from his stall. When I was younger, my first horse was stolen from his stall in our barn at home and wasn't recovered for over a year. When people at the shows joke that they are going to "steal" my horse or take him home with them, it actually makes me really nervous because it has happened to me before. That is the worst dream.
                    What an horrible, nightmarish thing to have happened. How did you end up getting him back?
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                    • #30
                      When I was a teenager I used to regularly have dreams in which my mare was looking for me because I hadn't been to the farm in a few days. They were horrible as she always ended up in some inner city(I lived in suburbia) so I would go there looking for her. In the dream we would do the just out of sight thing where she is coming out of a building as I'm looking for her in the one next door, never actually crossing paths. It was always a very disturbing dream and would stress me out till I saw her the next day. Loved that mare.


                      • #31
                        Oh a fun fyi fact dont eat cheese before bed, especially orange cheese it gives you lucid dreams/nightmares, and yes i have tried the theory its true

                        I mostly dream of past horses ending up riding them in the middle of city or that they pass away

                        Now if i didnt still have that "falling reflex" it would be awesome! Nothing like dreaming your falling then jolting awake, made me literally fall out of bed and hurt myself in the process more than once!
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                        • #32
                          I had the strangest dream last night. I was traveling for work and when I finally came back to the barn, my fleabitten gray horse had turned in to a blood bay with 4 white socks and a blaze.

                          I was so confused but everyone at the barn kept saying "it happens all the time - it's from minerals in the soil".

                          Perhaps I was wishing I had a bay because my horse is a disgusting pig and always has poop stains on her? SO weird!


                          • #33
                            I'd had a vivid dream, almost nightly, before I heard about my gelding getting out and chalked it up to anxiety. I have a panoramic view of the barn and a helpless, sick feeling inside me. I see him playing with the latch, lifting the bale, sliding it aside and the door gently popping open. I see his ears go up and the curiosity on his face. My dread intensifies when I see him shoulder the door aside and step out. He's on his toes, edgy and I hear the other horses whinney to him as he gets startled and bolts into the neighboring farm field. I can feel his panic and anxiety as he gets disoriented and loses site of the barn. Then I'm in a car, speeding along on the dark roadway, my headlights suddenly illuminating him standing in the road. I slam on the brakes, tires sliding and I experience that horrible weightless sensation, floating out of my seat. The light makes his eyes reflective, I can see the stitches on his blanket, the weft of the fabric, then the windshield blows out and I'm violently spinning. I jerk awake with my heart pounding, in a cold sweat.

                            This dream has plagued me all winter. Sometimes I wake myself up before impact, sometimes after impact I see the side of the car ready to get creamed against a bole of a tree. I'd been telling myself, no more chocolate before you go to bed. I should've checked my orange cheese consumption too.

                            BO threaded baling twine over the latch, not wanting to 'wreck the appearance of the door', after finding my gelding standing outside the barn in January. The tracks in the snow indicated he hadn't ranged far, so no big deal, right? But I kept finding it unraveled and dangling. Told my BO about my dream, got an odd look and saw my concerns were going to be dismissed, so I kinda, sorta made a stink. Asked if she wanted me to go. BO admitted her horses messed with the latches too and it made sense to put a hasp on all the barn doors, secured with a snap, so even if the latch was opened, the door wouldn't move.

                            The dream ceased for a while then started up again, modified, going from winter conditions to spring grass, a chunk of wood from the edge of the door breaking loose as my gelding pushes against it and instead of his blanket I can see the fine hairs of his coat before impact. It's not an every night thing, but each time I have it, it's more vivid, more intense, driving me out of bed afterwards, unable to sleep. One morning it was so bad DH told me go to the barn and check. He was getting ready for work so I left after he did, driving cautiously and keeping an eye out in the growing light. Got to the barn around 6AM and checked the door, but it looked fine. Secure and unmessed with. I gave my gelding a pat on the nose and felt really foolish driving home, especially when DH called for an update. No. No problems, just me being all freaky.

                            BO saw me yesterday and told me about finding the door ajar several times now, over the past couple of weeks. They discovered it when they couldn't secure the upper door and showed me how they found it with the latch stem on top of its bale, holding it open. The only thing preventing it's swing is three screws at the edge of the wood in the hasp plate. BO was very irritated the door edge looks like it's getting damaged, developing a crack.

                            I put a short piece of baling twine through the latch handle, secured to the snap holding the hasp in place. Now you can't lift the latch handle unless you undo the snap. Then I went to the hardware store to get a metal solution to replace the baling twine when I'm at the barn tonight.

                            Hopefully I won't have this dream anymore.
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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by californianinkansas View Post
                              What an horrible, nightmarish thing to have happened. How did you end up getting him back?
                              My family heard through the grapevine that he was being kept in a pasture in Eastern WA - all the way across the state from us. My parents and grandparents drove over to Eastern WA every weekend to look for him. After over a year, they finally found him in a pasture. After a lot of legal work and getting him fit enough to be able to make the trailer ride home, he was returned home.

                              Someone at a horse show last weekend joked that she was going to "steal" my current horse...she probably thought I had a bad attitude when I didn't laugh. It still hits too close to home!


                              • #35
                                My bad dreams come when we have severe stors. After seeing one horse killed by lightning, i dream that one or both of my horses have been struck by lightning


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by inne View Post
                                  Ever since I was a kid (way before I actually had a horse) I've had dreams where I forget I own a horse. Then suddenly I remember and the horse hasn't been fed or turned out or ridden in months and months but is somehow still alive and I feel like the most horrible person in the world. Like I feel guilty even now, that's how much this dream has screwed me up.
                                  This is the one I have. I would dream that I suddenly remembered that my horses hadn't been fed for weeks, and I would run to the back of the property in horror. Usually just before I discovered their emaciated bodies, I would wake up with my heart pounding. It was a horrible dream, and it would recur, even during the years when I did not own horses. Haven't had it for awhile...(crossing fingers)
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                                  • #37
                                    I'm amazed at how many of us have the "forgot I had horses, OMG they haven't been fed in weeks/months... dash to barn to find them alive but barely" dream! I'm haunted by that one regularly. The irony being, I doubt any of us have forgotten to care for our horses even ONCE! I wonder why the frequency of this one... maybe because we understand how much these large creatures depend on us?

                                    My other anxiety dream is of horses getting out - I had one summer where they got out *3 times* - twice a gate was forgotten, once a tree took out a fence. They've never gotten out since (this was a decade ago) but I still wake up with cold sweats from dreams of loose horses!


                                    • #38
                                      Only one terrible dream about my horse but it was a dozy.

                                      My mare had a mild case of wld which we were treating, it was improving and never got deep at all. One night I dreamed that when I went to the barn she walked toward me and ALL her hoof wall was completely detached from the hoof.
                                      It was loose but still on her foot.

                                      I woke up then. Think if I hadn't I'd have been screaming. It was horrible.
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                                      • #39
                                        I once woke up nearly in tears because I had a dream that someone cut off my Haflinger's gorgeous looooong white mane and sold it for violin bow strings. I am (not so) slightly OCD about his hair, and the thought of him losing it makes me break out in a cold sweat. (I'm not vain or anything...)
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