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  • 17.2hh rolling one side but cant roll over

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    12-14-2012, 10:27 AM
  #11
Green Broke
My 6yr old rolls on one side then gets up and flops down to roll on the other while the "senior" horse at the barn rolls around in the dirt like a dog. He literally rolls all around and twists and will end up a good hundred feet from where he started. He's a grade but estimated age is 23.
     
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    12-14-2012, 10:47 AM
  #12
mls
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Not being able to roll over is a stiffness issue.

If one of my horses goes to roll after a workout and has to stand up between sides, I know I need to figure out where he or she is stiff.

I feel very good when they flip side to side during a roll after a workout. It means they are worked evenly, saddle is not pinching and I didn't mess anything up!
     
    12-14-2012, 11:39 AM
  #13
Trained
All my horses roll completely over, then back, then over again, then back, then over again.

None of them have a preference. And everyones blankets right now are equally dirty and hiding the pretty colors. I guess I should have just purchased 4 brown blankets. LoL!
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Wallaby and nvr2many like this.
     
    12-14-2012, 11:56 AM
  #14
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Has nothing to do with age, everything to do with the individual horse. My 21 year old mare rolls completely. My 4 year old mare can't.
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    12-14-2012, 12:11 PM
  #15
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Originally Posted by mls    
Not being able to roll over is a stiffness issue.

If one of my horses goes to roll after a workout and has to stand up between sides, I know I need to figure out where he or she is stiff.

I feel very good when they flip side to side during a roll after a workout. It means they are worked evenly, saddle is not pinching and I didn't mess anything up!
I just figured it was being 17.2 hh and 1500 lbs
     
    12-14-2012, 12:39 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
All my horses roll completely over, then back, then over again, then back, then over again.

None of them have a preference. And everyones blankets right now are equally dirty and hiding the pretty colors. I guess I should have just purchased 4 brown blankets. LoL!
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Hah, as my dad would say, "He's worth at least $100. And another. And another." For each time they go completely over. Used to make me giggle so hard when I was little when he said that.

Could be he wasn't rolling the other times when the blanket was dirty. He was probably just napping. Or, he might have just had an itch on the other side.
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    12-14-2012, 01:25 PM
  #17
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All our mares (8-18 yrs) roll all the way over and we have some wide bodies.
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    12-14-2012, 01:30 PM
  #18
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I have heard that not being able to roll over all the way is a stiffness issue, like mls mentioned. No proof though! Haha

My 28 year old girl can, and regularly does, roll over all the way (and she's a wiiide one). She does prefer to sleep on her right side but that makes sense because her right side is her blind side.
     

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