04-17-2011, 10:21 PM
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I agree with teaching her to recognize and react to the signs that he is going to roll; however, some horses can be down and going before you have a chance to be proactive. In my experience, if the horse does actually get down and start to roll, the first thing is to safely dismount. After she is safely on her own 2 feet, she needs to do everything she can to get him back onto his feet. Whatever you do, don't wait for him to finish rolling. If she has to, make him think that the world is ending in a rain of falling whips and flying feet until he gets back upright. A crop probably wouldn't be a bad idea and I am not above kicking the horse in the side (away from their legs) just hard enough to get them back on their feet.
IMHO, rolling under saddle is always a disrespect issue, itchy back or not. All my horses learn that when their back is itchy, a full body shake is acceptable, rolling is not.