Barn Rule, Sleeping Position


Lucky enough to have a horse

Awareness of the outside world. Alabama Audubon – Virtual Tour: Audubon Mural Project with Leigh Hallingby.
To our horses:

Do not sleep flat out.

Don’t do it.

Just don’t.

If you are lying on your side in the pasture, you will be woken up. You will be woken up in rising tones of hysteria, the volume and stridency of which will depend on how quickly you move.

At least, don’t sleep in that position where and when management can see you. What you do in field at midnight is up to you.

Meatloaf position? Fine. Lie on your chest with your paws curled up. I’ll be back when naptime is over.

Is this fair? That I won’t let you sleep? Don’t care. That’s the position in which I discovered Previous Horse on the day he did not show up for breakfast. Seeing a large mound of bay hide on the ground is too much flashback for me to handle.

Think of it as one of those house rules you just have to live with.

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horses

5 replies »

  1. My horses are allowed flat out between 11 and 2, at designated safe sleep spots. Otherwise I’m coming with a halter and thermometer…

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