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post #11 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 02:13 AM
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I think your husband is right to be concerned. We always wanna look and make sure that its not pain, but I personally think that is unacceptable behavior no matter what the reason is. Major has never tried to lay down on me while riding...but he has tried it on the lead line. When he started it...I asked him to walk in a different direction. He then looked up at me like he was suprised I was there (I know it sounds strange...but I swear he looked suprised to see me). I think horses forget that we are there sometimes. When your horse starts acting like hes gonna lay down, point him in a different direction...that will get him thinking again.
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post #12 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the stories and input, Im hoping it was just an itch and Im gonna ask hubby if there was a puddle just for curiousity purposes.Horses are funny but I am always aware of the dangers...they arent a small critter. Dont want one on me.And certainly dont want to have the 'one' horse on the trail that everyone teases at hahaha.
Sandy I will keep that bit of advice in mind too!thanks

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post #13 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 09:49 AM
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Cinch too tight?

They can simply be hot and itchy too.
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post #14 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 10:22 AM
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My friends horse tried it when her boyfriend was riding him in my saddle. He jumped off, then I jumped off and grabbed the horse and made him get up before he could roll (expensive saddle!!) We were just standing on the lake's edge in the sand where they roll a lot. He was bored and not too happy about being ridden. I haven't personally had a horse do it while I was riding.
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post #15 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 01:21 PM
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When I was younger my first pony would do it to me just to get out of work. I was in kindergarden when my parents bought her for me and I wasnt strong enough to keep her up. If she was ponied or being led she was fine and some days she was just good about it. But if she was tired she would get me off from her in a hurry. The next summer my parents bought me a much better pony and we sold the rolling to a pony farm.

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post #16 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 01:59 PM
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Victor's done that to me more than once. He just wanted me off. XD I got right back on and worked him even harder for that, though. He doesn't do that anymore.

He's done it on the lunge line, too. That was because it was the middle of winter and he was just dying to roll. lol
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post #17 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 02:46 PM
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Neither of my horses have ever rolled with me on them, however I have been with a friend when hers "attempted" to roll. Was a hot day, we were crossing in a field, tall grass, wind whipping across, horse was probably itchy from drying sweat, well you get the picture.

Another incident happened when we were crossing deep "puddles" on the trail. Again , hot day, and I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time to the horse. Not the same horse or rider.

They will usually give you an indication that they are going to go down, just have to pay attention and get them moving. Of course, I'm sure there are exceptions, usually are.
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post #18 of 23 Old 03-23-2009, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Dont think the cinch was too tight cuz the saddle slipped to the side. I think he was just being a stinker w/ an itch.
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post #19 of 23 Old 03-24-2009, 04:23 PM
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I've been told they do that to get the rider off; this could be also if he has a sore back and wants the rider off,..
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post #20 of 23 Old 03-25-2009, 12:28 AM
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Some of them stories were kinda funny XD lol. But I hope you get the rolling problem under control

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