7 Strange Sleeping Habits of Horses


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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6 Responses

  1. Jan says:

    I’ve never seen my horse lay down. When the group all sleep together I often see her head dropping and then her knees buckle and she shakes herself awake. Is this normal?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Jan, I’m no expert on horse sleep, but this doesn’t sound normal to me. Horses need to lay down to reach full REM sleep. It’s possible she does this at night when you don’t see, but I’d talk to your vet. There might be something that’s keeping her from laying down, whether it be a physical issue like arthritis or something else.

  2. Jan says:

    Thank you. I’ll speak with my vet about it.

  3. I have 3 horses and I love to see how they sleep! One of them-Bucky he only lays down in the dark, during the day I haven’t ever seen it. But the other two are all over the place! lol

  4. Diane says:

    Thank you for writing about this not well known subject of horse sleep.
    My horse has been in a too small stall for several months and it has severely affected his health and ability to function. He is now in an appropriate size stall and the changes are amazing! He is doing fantastic!
    You might do another article on appropriate stall size for larger horses.

  5. Brenda Pawloski says:

    I have never seen my horses laying flat on their sides either. I have seen then on the ground but sitting up in cool weather, but their heads were up. I can only guess that when they lay flat I’m laying flat too!

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