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post #1 of 24 Old 03-12-2013, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Laying Down...

So today was really nice out. I went to the farm and when I got there my horse was all sweaty, she was probably running around (they like doing that on nice days) I went in, groomed her, and put on the saddle to do some groundwork (this is the second time she has had the saddle on) anyways, I went about with groundwork. Breeze is 2, I am just getting her into lunging for short periods of time, walk and trot NO lope. Usually she will not listen while lunging, and will run all over the place, not listening. Well, today she had the saddle on, and was like she was always, but I corrected her and finally got her trotting nicely after about 2 minutes.

Well... here is the problem... Breeze decided she was going to lay down. So she stop dead in her steps, and went down, I got her up quickly, so she would not roll onto the saddle and break it or hurt herself. I decided it would be better if I lunged her without the saddle, so I took her up to the gate, took off the saddle, and went about with lunging.

She did the same thing without the saddle too! She stopped dead in her steps, laid down, and this time she did roll, then I got her up. After she did this for the second time, I made her go faster when she looked like she was going to stop and go down... she only did this a few more times (sniffing ground and slowing down... acting like she was going to go down) and then she stopped.

I continued on until she was listening good both ways. It only took about 5-10 minutes and we ended lunging on a good note. After that I saddled her again and continued on with more groundwork, then let her go after about 1.5 hours and was done. (Not all of that was ground work, a lot was grooming and watching her in the pen)


ANYWAYS, I was wondering if she was just rolling because she was all sweaty ad wanted to cool down (the other horses were rolling too, in the snow) or was she trying to get out of working?

Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks! Also, pain is not an issue, she has no illness or anything that I can see, or anyone else can see
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-12-2013, 10:47 PM
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I've seen a lot of horses roll just to get out of work. My friend had one that was really bad for it. Mine has done it before. Regardless if it was because she didn't want to work, or wanted to roll, it was rude. She's working, not rolling. The very second she looks like she's going to go down you make those feet move.
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I did that after the second time she went down... this is the first time she's ever done that, and I made her move. She didn't try it again.
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I was also thinking she did that because she was all sweaty and the other horses were doing it too...
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I'd watch for colic......sweat and trying to roll with a saddle on is a good indicator of a gut ache.
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All of the horses are sweaty, on nice days like this (warmer then -10 C, it was -4 C today) Breeze and another horse Bliss, will run around and play. It was also only the second time she has had the saddle on... When I go out on nice days like this, she is pretty much always sweaty.

I will keep an eye on her though, to make sure she doesn't colic!
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All of the horses are sweaty, on nice days like this (warmer then -10 C, it was -4 C today) Breeze and another horse Bliss, will run around and play. It was also only the second time she has had the saddle on... When I go out on nice days like this, she is pretty much always sweaty.

I will keep an eye on her though, to make sure she doesn't colic!
Oh she must have a heavy winter coat!
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She did have a heavy winter coat, but right now she is shedding a lot.

This is Breeze just the other day, she was sweaty this day too:
You can see the long hair on her face too.
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Ooooh she looks like she's grown!!!!
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She's probably itchy from shedding and wanting to get rid of the itch.
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