TONIGHT 8pm (UK)
Nocturnal behaviour: An exploration of equine sleep – Linda Greening
Sleep plays a critically important role in the regulation of a range of physiological processes including neuroendocrine modulation, restorative functions, and memory consolidation. As a large prey species, the horse has evolved to need relatively little sleep in comparison to other mammals; however, this doesn’t, mean that sleep is any less important to the horse.
For most mammalian species, including the horse, sleep is largely governed by the light-dark cycle and circadian rhythms. The occurrence of sleep, however, can be delayed and interrupted by a multitude of species-typical external and internal factors. And, whilst the domestic environment offers more protection for captive horse populations than feral horse populations, it can also introduce a variety of factors that would not facilitate optimal sleep.
The purpose of this talk, therefore, is to:
- Explore what we know about horse sleep
- Determine influential factors within the domestic environment
- Understand the importance of sleep relative to equine performance and welfare
- Answer any questions to the best of my ability based on what we know.
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