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post #1 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Laying down on the trail?

Okay so today my mom and I went out for a trail ride. We were going along just great and then out of no where our mustang that my mom was riding decided to lay down and she about rolled with my mom on her until she jumped off. We don't know why she's did that and she did it yesterday on the trail to. My mom's theory is at the spot she did at both times theres sand right there and my mom thinks that maybe she likes the feel of the sand or something. The other idea we had was possibly because the people who owned her before us had taught her how to bow and were in the middle of teaching her how to lay down for people to get on. I'm not sure if any of these theorys we have are even right or close to right...who know maybe she's just a brat. ut she only does it when were going thru the sand portion of the ride. Any other ideas on why she's doing this? Also is there a way to break this habbit?

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 08:56 PM
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Haha...I've had horses try to roll on me..usually they just really like whatever they're standing in at the time and want a good roll. I just push them forward and don't allow them to go down.

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Haha yeah my mom had nothing else to do and now she gets nervous when ever we get to that spot when we are riding on that particular trail. And she wanted to roll more than once but my mom really held her back from rolling and pushed her forward...I guess theres nothing else you can really do huh? Well at leas tshe didn't get rolled on thank god.

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post #4 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 09:12 PM
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The Mrs. mare tried to go down and roll on our Christmas Day ride. The Mrs. felt it coming and kept her up--but it was a struggle.

A friend had a horse decide to roll in a creek they were crossing. That can be REALLY serious!

Anytime they roll on a ride it can cause saddle's to break. That's bad news out on the trail. Getting rolled on is even worse.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I know and im afraid of that happening because our horse is a mustang and shes pony size but she is soooooooo strong its crazy so its hard to keep her going but its either get tired trying to stop her or get rolled on and i know anyone would prefer get tired trying to stop them from rolling. Also right now, we don't have the financial means to just go buy a new saddle if one broke because the rolling problem.

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post #6 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 09:46 PM
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my girl is a mustang and she isn't hard to keep going, just keep her motivated. we had a pony lay down in the creek before. of course he didn't try to roll or anything but my sister freaked out and screamed "kitty sank!!!!" and jumped off, but of course he was just relaxing in the water after a hot ride.


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post #7 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 09:58 PM
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Chances are she was itchy and the footing felt right to her to roll in. Best thing to do is really get after her just before you hit that spot and get her moving. If not able to do this and she goes down again, work her on the ground in this spot till it is no longer a great place for her to be. Way too dangerous to allow a horse to continue to do this.

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post #8 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 10:05 PM
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My Fjord mare tries this every time i take her for a ride but only in the deep snow, though she's only managed to accomplish it once. Usually when horses lie down for no reason like that it's because they are hot or itchy.
She may not understand that just because she can do this out in the field whenever she feels like a scratch/roll that she cant do this with a rider.

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post #9 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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What everyone is saying is making a lot of sense to me. Thanks for the help I'll be sure to remember that when were out on our next trail ride! We don't need anybody hurt or any tack broken. I could tell she was hot and there was quite a few nats flying around so that could possibly be why she decides to lay down and roll.

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post #10 of 16 Old 01-17-2011, 10:34 PM
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I've heard "a horse moving forward can't misbehave." Not strictly true, of course, but it DOES help to keep them moving--faster is better.

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