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    03-31-2012, 04:17 PM
  #141
Green Broke
Since this is a trail etiquette and Chumbawamba appears to be a new trail rider, I will point out a bit of water etiquette,
When you come to a water hole if there are other horses there drinking stop and wait your turn, even if your horse doesnt need water it is rude to pass or ride off while horses are still drinking. A horse in that group may need the water but get anxious and wanna leave if they see you race off.
So stop, wait your turn, let your horse drink or not, move on a few feet out of the way till the other horses are done, then head on up the trail.
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    03-31-2012, 07:36 PM
  #142
Foal
Wow thanks everyone for your feedback this is great.
:) sorry Joe4d I think my 4 came before my 2 when I was typing ha!!!!!
Very much appreciated
     
    03-31-2012, 07:46 PM
  #143
Foal
Keninshorses, that is a really good point how do you know when you think they've drank enough water to protect them from over drinking???
     
    03-31-2012, 08:41 PM
  #144
Green Broke
Over drinking ? Never heard of this being an issue. Basically when your horse quits drinking and starts playing or looking for weeds to eat. He's done. Be alert though around water holes on hot days, more than one horse decides its a good place to lay down or roll over.
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    04-01-2012, 01:02 AM
  #145
Foal
Ha ha ha!!!!
I never heard that one before :) you're just pulling my leg... rolling over !!!!
     
    04-01-2012, 08:34 AM
  #146
Yearling
Joe is not pulling your leg! If you are in water, or even sand, and your horse has his head down and starts pawing, get him moving! An itchy or hot horse may very well try to roll!
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    04-01-2012, 10:05 AM
  #147
QOS
Green Broke
Biscuit laid down on New Years Eve. It was hot that day and it had a long winter coat and was sweaty. He was "peanut rolling" with his head down low and then folded up and laid down. Thank God he didn't roll in my new saddle!! He has laid down in water before (this was BEFORE I bought him but I was with the lady that was riding him.) so yeah...they will lay down in water. He didn't roll but he laid down 3 different times in the water that day. His owner wasn't with us - and he wasn't very amused - it was his saddle!!
     
    04-01-2012, 01:04 PM
  #148
Trained
My sister's horse laid down and rolled in the creek when she was riding him. She barely got off without getting hurt. The saddle got scratched; luckily the tree held up and did not break. If that horse put her head down, she got really nervous after that.
     
    04-05-2012, 06:43 PM
  #149
Foal
Eek..... Good to know thanks everyone
     
    04-06-2012, 01:06 PM
  #150
Trained
I have a gelding that tries to roll in mud puddles. We really have to give him heck to get him through one. The first ride we took him on we got to a huge puddle and he started to drop! Horses Knees buckled, husband screaming, I just laughed and hollered "Give em hell!" So YES be careful.
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