Wow I never thought I would do this, but I am pretty excited to start a blog. It is a pretty interesting exercise. I am hopingto use this space to talk about fun stuff from the horse vet side of stuff and my own horse stuff.
Horses need a few things to function to the top of their game and one of them is sleep. They can sleep standing up as we have all seen and were taught at vet school. But they really need to lay down to have a deep REM sleep. If they don't lay down they perform poorly, fall asleep inappropriately ( at the show ring), fall asleep grooming, or wound catching themselves as they fall asleep standing up. Classically the horses with the fetlock abrassions are falling asleep standing, hitting the fetlocks to the ground then wake up as they hit the ground. Horses don't lay down and rest for a few reasons: they can't, they are afraid too, no other horse is watching, pain and discomfort. If a herd dynamic is changed or a horses environment is changed they may suffer from sleep deprivation. To ensure your horse is functioning at his best, rule out sleep deprivation. Here is a video and a link with one of my favorite sites. http://www.equisearch.com/resources/video/sleepdisorder_121506/