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post #1 of 6 Old 12-01-2011, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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my horse keeps laying down

i have a mustang gelding who is very lazy because he was not ridden much before i got him. and now when i ride him i have to try really hard to get him to even walk. and when i do after i have ridden him for 20 min or so he keeps trying to lay down on me. what can i do to encourage him to want to be more energetic. i have had him checked out by a vet and farrier to rule out any pain or problems. Help me!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-01-2011, 10:33 AM
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It is not typical for a horse to try to lay down with its rider on it. It happens on occasion when its super hot out or wet out, and your either in water, or sand. I would be searching for a second opinion.

Or this could be a learned behavior to get out of work. Do you ride with a crop? That will help get him motivated. I would be very worried about a horse that tries to lay down with me still on him.

Why is this in the horse breed section?
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i didnt mean to put it in this section. i do ride with a crop and when i encourage him to go with it is when he tries to lay down. it is not wet or anything where i ride i think he is trying to get out of work. and i can stop him from laying down because i know when he is gonna do it by his ears and manor. but i just want some suggestions on what i can do to make him have more "GO" instead of "WHOA" do you think lunging him more frequently would help just like if a human exercises they have more energy?
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I've had a couple horses that want to lay down with me and I've seen it happen to others. It's usually horses that have just started their training. They aren't used to be worked, they get sweaty, it feels different with you and the saddle on them, so they want to roll because rolling feels nice on their itchy backs. Just encourage your horse to move, they get used to the feeling, and they don't really try it much more.

I'm surprised your vet or your farrier didn't say anything about this... I thought it was fairly common.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 10:38 PM
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My Appy did this to me once. We were in a feild and it was just plowed up. At frist I thougt that she had fallen in a hole. Once I got her out of the feild she was better. She always tryed anything to get out of work.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 11:15 PM
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Horses don't usually make a habit of lying down when ridden.I be more inclined to think that he is hurting or has some other condition going on that is making him lethargic. I'd be checking out medical reasons for his behavior,before chalking it up to laziness or some kind of learned behavior/ bad habit.
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