Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. A new study has found that poor management or physical problems can lead to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury.
Horses that don’t lie down sufficiently suffer from sleep deprivation leading to collapses.
A 24hr sleep laboratory monitoring study of 36 horses showed between four and 199 instances of collapse during the time period.
Horses that collapsed had an altered and very restless sleep-profile. Their REM sleep phases were shorter and occurred while they were standing and, in 86% of cases, happened during, or immediately before the collapse.
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