Re: A sleep walking horse
I can answer your question...yes they can sleep walk. Velvet suffers from narcolepsy and has done for 11 years now. Sometimes her legs buckle underneath her and she goes right down with a thud (number of times me, yo and farrier have jumped out the way) and other times she almost go down but it gives her a shock and she rights herself, again with a jump.
I have on numerous occasions seen her sleep walking in the field. She is in a deep sleepy state and staggers like shes really drunk.
Normally shel suddenly 'droop' when I tack up and when I start walking her shel wake back up after a few steps but last summer was the first time I walked her to the school (normally awake by this point) and she was still droopy. Thought I'll get on and start walking her and shel wake up..nope. Gave a her a wee kick into trot and we started staggering sideways...decided I was safer on the ground, so baled out pronto!
She has been quite bad with it this year but I think her pelvis area is hurting her so shes prob reluctant to lie down, so its adding to it. I have noticed she cant get up as easy as she used to.