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Re: RC: Does Not Lie Down

Dear Peggy;
In observing my horses, the newest mare would always be standing up when
the others would lay down.  She is a very nervous sort, and I felt that
she was not comfortable enough emotionally to lie down, since she would
be vulnerable in that position.  My goal with her was to be able to find
her lying down one day and go up to her, having her trust enough to be
able to pet her and put my body all around her and not have her get up.
Sorta like that training where the trainer forces the horse down and
then sits on it, not letting it up.  That forceful part would not fly
with her, I think it would probably permanently blow her mind.  The day
before yesterday I found her lying down, but when I went out there, she
got up as I approached, even tho the others remained prone and let me
mess with them.   But yesterday, I finally did it! She was lying down
again with all the others, and I was able to go up to her, pet and
massage her, even put her fly mask on!  She finally is totally relaxed
around me. Took tons of time, but she's coming around.  I noticed today
that she has moved up another rung on the pecking she's
right below my alpha mare...and bosses both geldings around.  Poor
Blade...he lost his one position of authority.
> I have a horse, alpha mare, that will not lie down.  She roles like a
> 'normal' horse, after sweaty rides but will not lay down to rest.  I watch
> her fall asleep on her feet and stumbly to her knees repeatedly but will not
> lie down.  Does anyone else have a horse with this type of behavior??  She
> does have fibroid myoptomy (sp) from an old, deep cut on her upper hind
> quarters.  This does not seem to effect her performance, although she has a
> odd trot.  I have had two vet look at her and both think she is fit for
> endurance but will always trot 'funny' from the scare tissue.  Neither vet
> really had an option on why she does not lie down but did not seem
> concerned.  I was just watching her again falling asleep and stumbling to
> her knees and thought 'just lie down you silly mare!'
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