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    12-20-2012, 10:20 AM
Rolling in the mud

I have a 4 year old mare that I have had for a year now. Where I live it is very muddy and wet and as usual the gate area is really wet. Molly (my horse) lives out all year with big winter rugs on at the moment. She has recently started to roll A LOT. As first this was not a problem but as the field gets even wetter she is rolling more, (and always in the mud even those she has 3 acres of grass).

After a ride she will usually roll as soon as the bridle comes off. To stop her from getting cold I have been putting her rug on before she can roll. However, twice now she has started to roll whilst I was putting the rug on.
She is now rolling when I give her food bucket. She rubs her head on the bucket then rolls with the bucket in-between her legs, taking mouthfuls of food whilst rolling.

I donít think it is colic as she rides like normal, her stomach is very noisy and she is not showing any other signs like kicking at her stomach. Could it be something else or have a jump got a horse that love to roll when I am there? Itís starting to get annoying as she is always filthy for any shows!
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    12-20-2012, 10:29 AM
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Have you checked her skin? Maybe she has a condition which makes her itchy and uncomfortable, for example, rain rot. Rolling in the mud is nothing harmful by itself, however, your mare's rolling sounds really excessive!
    12-20-2012, 10:44 AM
"Big winter rug" and "wet and muddy" could mean she is over-rugged. As long as it's raining it is most likely not cold enough for a heavy rug, she is sweating and itchy underneath and therefore wants to roll constantly. Try a lighter rug.
    12-21-2012, 05:39 PM
Thank you for the replies, her skin is fine. She has had a trace clip today and she is really shinny and healthy. She is not sweating under the rug but Today we swapped her normal rug for a lighter and dry one that was a long light (in weight) and she has not rolled as much today. So I think because the rug had so much mud on she was finding it to heavy. Would this explain the rolling you think..??
    12-21-2012, 05:49 PM
That or maybe she doesn't enjoy having the rug on. You said she was rolling when you tried to put it on and put a lighter one on and she stopped rolling as much. She may just be irritated by it. I would try taking it off for a day and see how much she rolls.
    12-22-2012, 11:57 PM
Take the rug/blanket off. Some horses get itchy and irritated from them.
    12-23-2012, 12:31 PM
I can try that but how am I meant to keep her warm if that is the case? She has a trace clip and currently no shelter (apart from the big oak tree she has in her field)
    12-23-2012, 02:00 PM
If she's okay with the lighter one means that something about the other one bothers her. Check if it's rubbing somewhere, or maybe it's just too heavy. Putting a Slinky or a light sheet under the lighter blanket might be enough. My TB absolutely hated rugs, period. Would try to nip even when I put it on. I let him grow fur
    12-23-2012, 03:01 PM
The weight or fit of the rug could be bothering her. What material is it made of? Canvas rugs tend to get pokey when they settle on the horse or as it moves around. Is it a clean rug? Old hair and mud/dirt could be causing itches or pulling hairs. Just some examples.
    12-24-2012, 01:57 PM
Im not using the heavy one atm, its a canvas rug, dirt and wet. Iv just obtained a stable for her for the next two weeks. I just put her in for night and put a stable rug on her (fabric) and she started rolling like mad in the wood shavings. I checked to see if her stomach was making any noise (i always check to see if colic)
Im starting to think she just loves rolling! Once she had rolled she just ate her hay.

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