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Hi, I observed some strange behaviour in my horse this evening.

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Hi, I observed some strange behaviour in my horse this evening. She is 7 years old, very fit and healthy and in work 5 days a week. Tonight, when I brought her in to groom her and tack her up, while I was picking out each of her front feet she slowly collapsed to her knee - the knee of the foot i was picking out. Each time she staggered back to her feet, not particularly shaken by it. The second time she did it my friend was with me and said she just looked like she fell asleep. We checked her gums and they are pink - she did look kanckered though - and it is very close tonight. I untacked her and hosed her down for 10 minutes to cool her and by the time I left she had had her tea and was looking fine. I just wondered if there was some sort of condtion that could be attributed to this? Or has she just by coincidence most likely lost concentration/fallen alseep due to the heat?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Horse
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Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 2 years ago.

Good Afternoon and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

It appears, Sally, that your horse may have a rare condition called narcolepsy. This is a rare condition that causes them to fall asleep for no reason.There is no cure and the epsiodes may happen frequently or not often. There is a defect in the brain that causes this. It is best, Sally, to have your vet examine your horse to determine if this is a possibility. Some cases can be very dangerous for the rider.

This LINK may explain better.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please REPLY so I can clarify for you.



Sincerely, Dr. Loretta

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