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    10-25-2011, 10:04 PM
He won. So he'll probably try to do it again. He wanted to get you off of his back and make you walk him home, and you did... you were outsmarted by the bugger! I would agree that he just needs to learn that it's not acceptable to do that, and that YOU call the shots, not him... Keep us posted on how he's doing!!
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    10-25-2011, 10:41 PM
I got on after he rolled and rode him back to the trailer he didnt like it but he went. He's a pain in the butt!!! He also thinks he's boss in the pasture until my and Harley put him in place. He also will back up and pivot with no halter.
    10-25-2011, 11:34 PM
What a funny guy!
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    10-26-2011, 12:03 AM
Oh my is he. He is just a funny guy and I think he knows it, ill have to video him one day and post it:)
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    10-26-2011, 12:16 AM
I have had a horse lay down in a PUDDLE with me on her. I was SOOO mad! Horses are just funny creatures :) Proof that God wants us to be happy!
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    10-26-2011, 01:14 AM
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Our TWH, Lucy, drops without any warning. She dropped twice on the same ride. The second time I wasn't able to get my foot out in time. I kicked her butt like crazy, but she felt it was time for a nap, lol. As an after thought, I remembered she doesn't like her flanks touched. I'll have to remember that if she does it again
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    10-30-2011, 11:29 AM
After my horse layed down once while we were on a trail ride (I bailed out while he was on the ground) I believe he was as surprised as I've ever seen him! He was like "WHAT are you doing down THERE???" Fortunately, it was in a nice soft patch of shavings that had been thrown out....

It was too late when I realized what was happening so I just figured I'd ride him down...


Originally Posted by usandpets    
Our TWH, Lucy, drops without any warning. She dropped twice on the same ride. The second time I wasn't able to get my foot out in time. I kicked her butt like crazy, but she felt it was time for a nap, lol. As an after thought, I remembered she doesn't like her flanks touched. I'll have to remember that if she does it again
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    10-30-2011, 08:29 PM
I completely understand your situation

My first horse, many yrs ago, loved to roll. He would roll everytime we turned him out to the pasture after we rode. It wasn't unheard of him to try and roll with me & saddle on. But it would only happen when we were riding and had to stop and wait for other horses ahead of us to start going again. He wasn't always particular in what he rolled either; snow, water, sand, newly tilled field. I do think part of the problem may have been dry skin because of all the rolling and scratching on our fence posts he would do. He also loved it when we curry combed him.

My recommendations would be:
1.see how dry his skin is.
2.The vet may think he physically fit, but a chiropractor may be able to give a different perspective.
3.The more riding you do with him, the more you'll be able to see the little hints. It took me a bit. As soon as my horse put his head down to smell the dirt/snow/etc, I knew the next step was going to be his front hoof do one paw mark. This would take 1-3 seconds. As soon as I suspected he was even thinking about it, I got him moving.
4. I would also check the saddle fit, the girth and the blanket. Make sure there's no pinch or any burs hidden.
As a side note, my horse was a little crazy arabian that I loved and learned a lot on. But I have never seen another horse have a personality & attitude like him. We had a love/hate relationship.
    10-30-2011, 09:12 PM
Do you want to fix this or would you rather pay someone to fix him? The next time you ride and he goes down, get off and pull his head down so he's laying flat. Sit behind his head and hold the reins so he can't get up. This is where you must have utmost patience. He'll likely lay there a bit but when he wants to get up don't let him. Rest on his neck behind his jaw if you have to but don't let him up. You can make his life miserable by giving him the odd whack (a little heavier than a tap) with a riding crop. By holding him down you are asserting your dominance. When he lets out a big sigh he will no longer struggle and you can let him up. Just be on him as he's getting up.
    11-07-2011, 09:23 AM
I originally read this post when it first came out a week or so ago and thought wow never had this happen. Must be a crazy experience... well my sister had the same thing happen when she was riding in our small arena with her spotted twh. He just dropped and started rolling with the western saddle on. Luckily she hoped off before he fell on her leg. But wow... I honestly understand now what your taking about. It is scary and nerve raking.

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