Professor, Equine Western University of Health Sciences Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
A catalogue of cases of sleep deprivation behavior (sleep attack syndrome) in horses have been collected by the author since 1985. The internet has allowed for a worldwide collection of these cases that has intensified since 2008. A pattern has developed for the majority of these cases, and a classification system to deal with and understand this behavior. Normal equine sleep behavior and physiology will be presented. Comparison of the classification system to aberrant human physiology will demonstrated.
An understanding of normal equine sleep physiology and presentations of horses with sleep disorders.
An understanding of aberrant equine sleep behavior and possible causes. Treatment and managment options will be included.
An understanding of the adverse effects of sleep deprivation
An understanding of management and treatment approaches to the different etiologies of sleep deprivation