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post #1 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Older horses can roll on one or both sides?

My guy is a senior TB at 20. I've had him for 5 months and during this time have seen his blanket get dirty on one side only, the left.
In the past month I've been doing april battles' yoga for horses and have seen some small improvements in his flexibility in lateral flexion. I was surprised today to see his blanket covered in mud on the other side, the right side.

My newbie question is: do most horses roll on both sides, is it a comfort issue or flexibility issue? I've seen the 32 yo qh mare I ride roll only on one side in the 3 years I've spent time with her.

I would think younger horses have no problem on either side, but older horses may have a side that is more comfortable for them. At any rate, I am pleased.
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 01:03 AM
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Some horses have more of a problem rolling right over.....I know my four always lay down on the same side and start there, sometimes they go over and sometimes now....

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 01:10 AM
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My horses are biggggggg, and they will roll on both sides but not flip over. Actually I hear that is better as to not twist a gut. But they will flop down roll on one side then stand and flop down and do the other.
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 01:41 AM
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I don't think it really comes down to age, I think it depends on the horse. Some of ours can't roll on one side, some of ours can't roll right over and have to get down, roll, get up and then roll the other side. And some can go all the way over. We have two old guys and one doesn't roll too much, and the other always has a good roll after being ridden
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 01:44 AM
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All if mine roll completely over.
Even the old lady did.
But my ground is sand so it's soft on their back
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 05:42 AM
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my 36 year old mare usually rolls on one side and then if she feels like it she will get up and go back down and roll on the other.
I really dont think it has anything to do with the horses age as my 8 year old can never get rolled all the way over but my 7 year oll and 22 year old have no issue with it
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 06:14 AM
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I think it's hilarious when they can't roll all the way over. My mare can't and she will roll like mad on one side stand up and go back down on other side. Makes me laugh everytime. Her blanket is always dirty on one side so I'm guessing she has her favorite side to sleep on.
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 07:14 AM
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My 25 yo and the 26+ will both roll completely over ---- just as long as I keep paying for a chiropractor

The 25 yo has hock/ankle arthritis and is much more flexible.

The 26+ has an ancient vertebra injury with some calcification in that area. As long as I keep them "chiropractically adjusted" they can both roll completely over.

They also live on 22 acres of hills which is a huge contributor to their modality

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post #9 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 08:06 AM
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Our Aero has been incapable of rolling clear over from the day we got her at the ripe "old" age of three - and my childhood horse, Amigo, was rolling all the way over in his last year of life at 33. It's more about the horse than the age, imo.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-14-2012, 08:14 AM
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I have both. Hondo (30) gets up and lays back down, Jana (26) goes all the way over, Missy (21) goes all the way over and Buttons (23) is the most amusing of the bunch. She always rolls on this little hill in the pasture, I think the intent is that it is easier to roll downhill but the funny is when she tries to roll uphill.
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