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post #11 of 24 Old 07-04-2011, 10:05 PM
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I don't know guys...I just got a beautiful dark bay arab who seems intent on turning himself into a grey by rolling in the stone dust every day!!

After brushing my other two and getting all the itchy spots out, they usually stay clean at least for the rest of the day. Not this guy though. One minute I'll be admiring his shiny dark coat in the sun, and the next I'm looking at a dusty grey horse!
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-04-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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sounds like my mare, as soon as I am done brushing her she looks for someplace to roll and get dirty again. I think they just like the brushings and are trying to give us a reason to brush them more maybe?
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post #13 of 24 Old 07-04-2011, 10:51 PM
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Hahaha - everytime I'm done cleaning my TB he does the same. He goes from white to black!! XP
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post #14 of 24 Old 07-04-2011, 11:33 PM
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My grey horse is the same! My old trainer told me that it was because the lighter color horses are easier seen by predetors so it was kinda bred into them *shrug* I don't know if it is true or not.
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post #15 of 24 Old 07-05-2011, 03:35 AM
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Horses role in the mud and dirt for various reasons. To fend off the flies, to take on the "herd smell" and as sunblock. It's kindof a 3 in 1 I guess. You shouldn't brush or was it off unless your going riding. It's healthy for horses and keeps them cool because it blocks the sun. If you recognize herd behaviour you'll probably notice that they roll in the same spot almost everytime thats because every horse in their herd rolls there. It helps them take on a shared smell. It's somewhat part of a bonding process between horses. It also fends off flies just like when hippos or other animals roll in the mud in the wild. Out there they don't have personal humans to spray them with fly repellent everyday. It's a good idea to leave the mud on there until you go for a ride or go to a show. It also keeps the coat healthy and shiny!

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post #16 of 24 Old 07-05-2011, 06:43 AM
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Boy I wish the stonedust made them shiny! Maybe mud will protect the coat, but stonedust dries it out terribly. In case anyone has the same problem, Miracle Groom works great to get the dust spots out that brushing can't. It also moisturizes the coat. I used to have such a hard time grooming out the stonedust in the summer until I found this product!
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post #17 of 24 Old 07-05-2011, 09:40 AM
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on my horse (flea bitten TB) it's worse when he rolls in his own can NEVER get the stain out, even with spot out.

My horse rolls in clay from time to time, I don't know where he finds it, I never see any in his pasture, but I guess it's there. Usually I can just get it off with a curry, but after it's off him, it all seems to gravitate to me, and that's where the real trouble begins.

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post #18 of 24 Old 07-08-2011, 04:59 PM
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I just have to say, I love having a, no matter how much he rolls in the dirt he is still grulla!!! The mud on the other hand, thank GOD he hates it.
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post #19 of 24 Old 07-11-2011, 04:57 PM
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The funny way to think about it is yes that they just want to be brown or like a white shirt it just has to get something on it, it just never fails but with light colored horses I think it is more of a sunblock kind of thing my app that has a fully white blanket does the same thing he even has a white face and i will notice him rubbing his head in the dirt aswell so sometime just letting them be and be dirty is the best thing sometime I think us horse owners over do it with tending to our horses that we end up gettin gin their way so I would not worry about it :)
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post #20 of 24 Old 07-11-2011, 05:39 PM
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Yep, seems to be the standard for grey horses.

However as I discovered recently, brown horses are guilty too.....

*WARNING - the following images may strike fear into the heart of the well groomed equine*

Pasture 0612 5 small.jpg


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