This past week I’ve been finding my horse laying down a lot. I’ll walk out in the pasture (where he is full time), and he looks like he’s dead. It scares me every time. But when I approach him, he gets up like he’s fine. Except once, when it was a super hot day, and it took him a couple of tries.
I’ve owned him for about 8 months, and during that time he has rested on occasion (like a cow does) on the ground, and usually in a pile of comfy hay. That has never worried me, but this laying flat on his side does. Everything else about him seems normal. I have considered the fact that he might be suffering from the heat, but he does have shelter.
Also, after this problem started I have began putting electrolytes in the horses’ stock tank.
FYI, he is seven years old, so age isn’t the problem.
As long as he is bright and easily roused, not to worry. Some horses WILL lay flat out and snooze without a care. One of mine snores, another squeaks, two run/jump and the last 2 sneak away for secret naps (my Alpha and her minion). Normal for many. I have two snoozers here, too. In the spring, when the ground starts to warm up, they ALL will lay flat out, to the point that my poor city-neighbour called AC on me years ago as I just kept walking past these three dead horses!! Oh, and I blindfold them in the summer, too : )
Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.
Haha pheets, I have a friend who works for Animal Control,and she says there is a particular pasture in an area where lots of “city folk” pass by and she regularly gets calls saying all 4 or 5 horses are laying dead out there in the summer (they’re sunbathing) and has also had “animal cruelty” calls on them for blindfolding the horses.
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