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    11-18-2009, 11:00 PM
My horse rolls alot?!?!

Hi, In the past few weeks my horse has increased his rolling habits. He rolls in mud and what not. I can just imagine himself rolling up and down his paddock. So what causes this? Grooming Products? Sweat? Itch?

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    11-18-2009, 11:21 PM
Well it could be a few things, is it hot where you live. If its been really hot the last few weeks horses will roll in mud to cool off. Also he could just be happy and just feels comfortable in his paddock and is just having fun. Another thing it could be is he could have dry skin and could be rolling to ich.
    11-19-2009, 09:06 AM
My first guess was that he's got lots of itches! I'd say give him a good groom and a good rub down, see if you can see any dry skin or spots in particular that cause a reaction.
    11-19-2009, 08:27 PM
Ulcers can cause an increase in rolling, due to the pain.
    11-19-2009, 08:32 PM
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If it's been really rainy he could be rolling to itch. You also need to pay attention, if he's really increased it he could be a little colicky...
    11-19-2009, 10:04 PM
I am positive that he is not colicing as there is no distress what so ever.
It's not hot just muddy.
And maybe it's just a itch next time I go up I will give a good grooming and use my little hand vac to suck up any dead hairs.
What are ulcers? Sorry just looked it up he isnt showing any specific signs.
    11-19-2009, 10:18 PM
Maybe he just likes to roll in the mud?
    11-19-2009, 11:13 PM
Yes, he could just be having a good time.

Sometimes we over-analyze what our horses do - because we just love them SO much. I don't think you need to be concerned unless it's violent and constant, then he could be colicing.
    11-20-2009, 08:02 AM
Green Broke
All of my horses love rolling. Lol they roll after baths just to spite me Im sure haha. Iv heard that horses like rolling, and rolling is like a natural horse groomer
    11-20-2009, 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by LoveStory10    
All of my horses love rolling. Lol they roll after baths just to spite me Im sure haha. Iv heard that horses like rolling, and rolling is like a natural horse groomer
Yes, you're correct, and it's a natural back scratcher. Out where I live in AZ there are still wild mustangs that live on the Yavapi Indian Reservation and when I worked out there (several years ago) in the spring you'd run across spots on the ground where there were bits of horse hair scattered about in patters where you could tell a horse rolled. They roll to scratch off their winter coats since they've got no one to help them out with that. :)

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