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    03-22-2009, 09:02 PM
Question horse rolling w/ rider

I want to hear reasons WHY they do this-
I want to hear your stories of it happening-
My horse did this once while down by the river in the sand and today he did it off the side of the road.Luckily both times I wasnt the rider and that the riders got off in time. My hubby is scared it will happen to me so any suggestions or answers are very much appreciated. Thanks
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    03-22-2009, 09:04 PM
Our old horse did this once with someone who was too heavy for him. Is the person much larger than you?
    03-22-2009, 09:19 PM
This hasnt actually happened to be before but I have heard about it happening. And the reason, I was told, is that she was riding through alot of puddles. And naturlly the horse wanted to roll. I guess she didnt realise that she still had a rider on her back or she was just being stubborn but started ging down to roll. You reminded me when you said that she was ridden down by the river etc. Maybe just could be a reason as to why she did it?
    03-22-2009, 09:41 PM
I had a horse lay down because he didn't want to wok that day, he was very creative!

I tried to ride Cliff into our pond one day and he he must have thought it looked like a nice place to roll and started to go down. Luckily I got him up before he got me wet!
    03-22-2009, 09:48 PM
There could be a couple reasons why a horse will roll with a rider on its back.

One reason could be, as Laura stated, they just don't want to work and know rolling will get them out of it.

Another reason could be the horse is in pain. If your horse is rolling with a rider on its back, it's best to get a vet to check your horse over to make sure your horse doesn't have something wrong with it.

I've never had a horse try to roll with me on their back, though, so these are only guesses.
    03-22-2009, 10:57 PM
Ive heard horses love rolling in sandy soil so the first time I chalked it up to that because way before this during hunting season me and hubby were at the river and I had to hold the 2 horses when he shot...Butler went down to roll and tried several times while waiting my husbands return.Luckily the sand was kind to the saddle. But today I am feeling it was due to something under the saddle itching or hurting him, and the rider wasnt heavier than me.Im a big girl. He was real muddy and we did a quick brushing just in the saddle and girth area but probably missed something. I guess the saddle slid to one side and was saved any harm but he had a heck of a time getting up because the saddle was keeping him from rolling back and forth.Im hoping its just a fluke thing.I have never felt he was going down when I was on him, but it could happen.Kinda scarey.
    03-22-2009, 11:15 PM
Jubilee actually did this to me once last summer when I was riding her through some puddles. It's actually a funny story... but she was really hot I guess and the water felt oh so good, so she decides to kneel down right in the middle of the puddle and try to roll, with me on!! Luckily I got off in time... but needless to say me, my horse and my tack were covered in muck!

... I haven't ridden her through a puddle since then ...
    03-22-2009, 11:34 PM
Hmmm I think I recall that story, glad you can chuckle bout it now and you werent hurt!
    03-22-2009, 11:47 PM
Yup, When Iwas younger I had an older working ranch horse, 14 yrs old then, and out on the trails as we would come across any water puddles, streams, rivers and small ponds he would always attempt to lay down to roll in them, the first few times it was always kinda funny and I got alot of ribbing about it, The other riders would purposely go in the direction of any water just to get a laugh out of it but after a while it became a real pain in the butt, I kept him until he passed at the age of 31 and never did break him of that habit, I just had to keep him away from water unless it was really hot out and we would both go for the cool down from the water, but as he would lay down I would dismount, I spent alot of time oiling my saddle and tack in those years. LOL
    03-23-2009, 01:49 AM
I had a horse that loved deep snow, and would try and roll in it. Even with a rider.

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