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[RC] [Guest] Horse falls down when it sleeps - Ridecamp Moderator

Vi Bredl vbredl@xxxxxxxx
We had an arabian gelding who never seemed to be able to lock his legs when sleeping. He would doze off and his legs would buckle, and he would start to fall, and then wake up as though nothing had happened. We bought him when he was 9 years old, and he lived to the ripe old age of 32. Among his accomplishments were buckles from the Tevis and Race of Champions. He was still able to compete and place in a competitive ride at age of 22. It was scary the first few times we saw him trying to sleep, and sometimes hard to explain to others at the rides that he did this all the time. Narcolepsy may have been the cause? Equus magazine had some information on Narcolepsy. He never laid down to sleep. His heart would also skip a beat sometimes, which would startle the vets that didn't know him, but I don't think that had anything to do with his sleep problem.


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