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    11-07-2011, 11:09 AM
Haha I was more mad at him it was my saddle I just had fixed from my Quarter horse bucking my off, and now he was rolling with it on. I had gotten off to work with him and when I got to his head he dropped rolled, rolled, layed there looked around and then desided to get up and shake off. Also I was planning ot get him finnished out by sending him to the trainer to get him a well rounded horse. So that I don't have to worry about that, he's growing and he's getting close to 16.3hh. And its scary when he has his tantrums. But such a loving horse.
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    11-16-2011, 08:39 AM
We were riding at the beginning of summer, my hubbys SSH was following me, we were in a trail that was VERY sandy and had some deep sand brought in and apparently fairly freshly put down. My hubbys horse did the exact same thing... he dropped his head, smelled, pawed once and down he went. Hubby got off, yelled and kicked and the horse got up, shook off and looked at hubby like "WHAT?????"

That same day, we had just crossed a river and were standing on a deep sand bar with pretty white fluffy sand, Hubby knowing better now was not in the middle of the sand but at the edge on some rock. My mare was standing quietly while I spoke with some other riders, she then absolutely dropped like a rock, no smelling, pawing or anything. But she dropped and tried to roll in the pretty white sand. I got off her and yelled and kicked her to get up and she did.. but she did look guilty. Not like hubbys horse who had no idea why he was being yelled at. Hahahah!

Now we know better and will watch closer when they are sweaty and sand is around.

    11-16-2011, 02:01 PM
My 12 y/o paint does the same thing. You get him in a sandy spot on the trail and he'll lay down to roll. We sent him to a trainer for 30 days to help us with it. We do have to keep on him when we are going through sandy stuff. If we think he is thinking about it we make his feet move faster. Good luck. Not an easy habit to break. It's good to here you had him vet checked.
    11-19-2011, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
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. .
Good plan. I had a horse that did this several times. I sat on his neck, while pulling his nose up. He was stuck. Ruined his day sorta like he had ruined mine. He never tried it again.

Sending him to a trainer may be the safest plan. You could really get hurt playing around with him.
    11-19-2011, 05:56 PM
When the horse lets out a big sigh, he's accepted his fate, that he's vulnerable to attack and is going to die. Then you, this wonderful person, lets him up. I've had this work with sand, dirt and puddle droppers. Never had to repeat it.

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