I have my little colt, well, not so little. He turned two on May 9th and he is about 15.1 hh. I notice that when he lays down he of course will choose a nice heavily manured area, which I know they choose because it is either warm and/or soft, but that is not what I am concerned about. I see him lay down at times for as long as 45 minutes or so, even when I approach him, he just lays there.
Yesterday DaddyNotaCowboy walked up to him and he didn’t move, he allowed DNaC to just about sit on him. When he lies down, his momma almost never leaves his side when he sleeps. When he’s about to get up, he will begin to get up, raise his head… then kerplunk, his head drops to the ground again and he seems to go back to sleep for like 2 or 3 minutes, then he does that again and again or he will actually get up and shake and shimmy to get the dust off.
Here Toby is after he finally got up, he just had to come and see what I was doing. He has 2 beautiful blue eyes... see ...
Now my questions
1) Is it normal for a young horse to lie down for so long?
2) Is it normal for him to be so groggy that he can’t get up at first try?
3) How often does a young horse sleep like this?
4) When does a horse get to where they do not lie down very often to sleep?
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated!!