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    03-06-2010, 06:02 PM
He only gets one 2 gal bucket of water overnight ?
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    03-06-2010, 06:40 PM
If the horse has free choice of water when he is outside during the day then maybe the bucket is enough for overnight.
    03-06-2010, 06:45 PM
As others said the horse should have at least a 5 gal bucket of water available. 2nd the horse should not be allowed to roll. Keep his head up and keep him moving when he wants to roll. If he was tired he wouldn't just stop and roll anyway. Sounds more like an itch and they will roll when sweaty. I am a little confused as if he was being lead or ridden when he rolls
    03-06-2010, 07:56 PM
Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
If the horse has free choice of water when he is outside during the day then maybe the bucket is enough for overnight.

And he does. When outside, the 2 horses share a 20 gallon tub that is topped off whenever they get put out each morning.
When they are in, water gets checked EVERYTIME I am at the barn (at least once a day aside from feeding time).
    03-06-2010, 08:06 PM
Getting back to the original discussion of topic, he first layed down with her on him. I was not there, but this is what I have been told. She immediately popped him with her crop and he got right back up. A few minutes later, while being led, layed down again. He did not try to roll, did not paw at his belly, did not stretch legs out, simply layed down as if to rest. The second time the neighbor/BO was there and "persuaded" him to get up. Neighbor (very experienced horseman) said he was just "being lazy and punking her."

Daughter and I had a talk about asserting herself with the horses and establishing herself as dominant. We will be working on that tommorow.

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