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post #1 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Baithing... And rolling

So I am currently riding a borders horse at my barn. The owner can barely make it out, so I pretty much take care of her horse. I gave her a SUPER good bath and groom today because she was so filthy. I spend a good hour just baithing and cleaning her up. The second she got out she rolled. I can't put a fly sheet on her because she isn't my horse, an her owner doesn't have one for her. The other horse I'm grooming tomorrow has the same rolling when cleaned problem. Besides waiting until they are completely dry, are there any tricks on how to stop them from rolling?
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 12:17 AM
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Nothing I've come across or heard. I always just wait til they're completely dry and understand that they're going to roll no matter what.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 12:39 AM
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No tricks that I'm aware of. I honestly wouldn't worry about it if I were you. I understand it's a drag if you just bathed your horse and he/she promptly goes out an rolls, but they don't need to be super clean. I groom my horse before I ride and sometimes hose her down in the summer if she has worked up a sweat, but only bath her with shampoo about twice a year and that is only so she stays accustomed to it. While I admit she is shinier after I bathe her I don't think it's necessary for her well being.

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 02:23 AM
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Horses roll in the dirt. They love the stuff. Nothing like a good dust bath.
I think they appreciate a good brushing far more than a washing. But to make the "washer" happy it would be best to put the horse in a stall until dry. And then when you turn the horse loose, don't watch. : )
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 07:38 AM
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I think that's the traditional last step in a horse's bath routine. Mine could be counted on to do it every time.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 08:16 AM
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Join the frustrating rolling-in-the-dirt-bath club

There are more horses that will roll in the dirt, than won't, after a bath. My Arab used to roll right in front of the gate and come up caked in dirt - he immediately got hosed off again and put in his stall. These days, I just put everyone back in their stalls until they're dry enough that I don't care if they roll


If you can't put the horse in a stall until he is fairly dry, if you have time and provided he is allowed to eat grass, stand him in a safe grassy area and let him eat grass until he dries. He's going to roll anyway, but at least he will be dry when he does - lol lol

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My mare ALWAYS stays outside in a dirt paddock the night before a show. Sometimes she doesn't roll and some times she does. I always hand graze them in the sun. Then I spray several layers of show sheen on. It helps prevent the dirty from sticking to the hair.
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I was completely shocked, that after the first full shampoo bath ever, my horse never rolled. I have hosed him down on hot days and washed a bit more thoroughly when sweaty after work, but never shampooed before. Either way, he doesn't roll after a bath. However, lately I see him in a mud spot every day. Just laying down and rolling over occasionally.. even though there are plenty of dry spots.

But I had a grey mare that rolled the moment she set foot in her pasture. The dirt patch at the gate was the best thing.

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post #9 of 9 Old 06-25-2014, 10:21 AM
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My horse loves a good roll after a bath :sigh: One time I was walking him on the asphalt in the parking lot while he dried out and he dropped to roll there, too!

Just the other day I gave his tail a good wash before putting it back up and decided to rinse the dust off the rest of him. He ended up getting a little freaked put by someone who was driving in the arena (omg there's a cart chasing that poor horse!) so I put him in the round pen to blow off steam. He managed to sneak a roll in with all the running and snorting. End result... Good thing I only cared about his tail

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