Q How can I create the perfect conditions for sleep when my horse is stabled? James King, Surrey Catherine says... Some horses spend so much time in their stables that if they don’t feel happy sleeping there, it can become a huge welfare concern. Sleep deprivation is a common problem, often causing owners to believe their horse has narcolepsy because of the way they may suddenly fall over. Changes in environment can sometimes be sufficient to resolve things quickly though.
How much does he need?
Horses typically need between three and four hours’ sleep in a 24-hour period, of which 15 minutes is deep Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, when the horse will lie on his side, fully recumbent. Older horses may need more. These hours of sleep will be taken in brief intervals throughout the day and night; they are not all saved for when we put him to bed. So, it’s important to consider what else the horse is able to do during long periods stabled. At the very least, provide ad-lib forage and, ideally, other sources of enrichment.
Horses need between three and four hours’ sleep a day