One of my mares is 220 days in foal -- all appears well, but today, a rainy California day, she seemed really really tired. (this is her 6th pregnancy, but I didn't own her for the other 5.)
She was standing, dozing and her nose almost touched the ground several times, then she'd "wake up", look around and do it again.
After her stall was cleaned, she went in, as usual, and rolled in the clean shavings. Then she just stayed down, in an upright position, and again dozed. Several times she almost relaxed into a flat position, but again "woke-up", then would do it again. Almost like she had sleep apnea.
She also wasn't very interested in her grass hay.
She wasn't colicky, gut sounds good, her temp was normal. Her respiration might have been elevated, but not much.
I gave her a bran mash which of course she loved. Then just a bit of hay that she finally cleaned up.
I fed her more a couple hours later, and she seemed fine.
Was she just tired?? Or is fatigue a symptom of something else I should be looking for??
I've never seen this in any of my other mares over the years.
marilyn I wouldn't worry (easier said than down I know) Horse can suffer from sleep deprivation..and it sound like ur poor girl is just tired and fatigued. And if I understand right when she was doin that she was outside. It sounds like she feels safer in her stall then she does outside for a snooze and she was just fighting it till her room was ready ...lol. And about the "wakeing up" thing my horse does it. She use to do it alot when we first put her in a stall. Don't think she had ever been in one. Now she only does it sometimes. But I wouln't worry to much. Just let her have access to her stall if it possible so she can sleep.
Thanks for the reassurance, Heather. She seems fine today. Must have "caught up" with those missing zzzzzzzzzzzzz's.
I was just concerned there was something new I hadn't come across in this world of pregnant mares.
That said, I do remember not sleeping well when I was pregnant -- darn baby was playing soccer on my rib cage ! So hopefully the mare is just tired because baby is doing a piaffe in utero and keeping her up !
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