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How many people hate it when your horse rolls? Well DONT! When you give your horse a bath you are actually keeping the horses skin healthy. You should let your horse roll because thats how they itch. They dont have hands like we do to itch. So let your horse roll! haha:)
 

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Totally agree :) I know some people around here who blanket 24/7 all throughout the year... Never letting their horse roll. Now, they only have a sheet in summer, and it rarley gets above 60 fareignheit in summer or in winter under 40, but still.. So sad!
 

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Well I have had my horses a day lol, and I wondered why they were so muddy when I got them now I know after we did some round pen work and put them up they roll in the mud... lol I don't mind it I love to watch my big chunky gelding rolling around lol.
 

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I agree, let the poor horse have a roll. Funny story, indulge me if you please...

My daughter & I finished a day of showing at the Provinicials, we were only doing the championship day & not staying for the next day's regular qualifying show. The fairgrounds were also holding a AQHA show so this place was abuzz with shiny, grooming to within an inch of your life showhorses. It was hot, in the middle of July and we had a 2 1/2 hour drive home in the heat, the horses worked hard all day. I hosed them down & took them to the outdoor sand arena & let them roll. They rolled, & rolled & rolled some more. I swear several people gasped & almost fainted when they saw this. Too funny, I was just rewarding the horses for a hard day's work & let them be comfortable for the ride home.
 

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I love watching my horse roll.. he seems so happy and it keeps the flies off! I worry when he doesn't! Because I've noticed that horses of the same herd, after being cleaned, roll in "their" pasture so they smell like each other. For the longest time he wouldn't roll at this one barn.. but once he made friends, I noticed he got a whole lot dirtier :lol:
 

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:) They say every time a TB rolls over completly its one thousand dollars won at a race! My beautiful TB mare never made it to the track and she rolls over about eight times every day!!! haha and to think i could have made so much money if i'd let her race :p
 

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I make sure my horse has the opportunity to roll in the sand every single day, no matter what. I hate to see how many horses don't get the chance to do something they love and enjoy so much when they're willing to do so much for us.

Don't get me wrong, I love a clean horse! My horses are generally kept as clean they can be. If anything to me the sand helps more than it hinders, because if she doesn't roll in the sand she's going to get desperate and roll in the dirt or still worse, mud, and that's a lot harder to get out than sand. I like to let my horse roll pretty quickly when they're wet from a bath or sweat because it kinda helps absorb the moisture, then a thorough brushing after they've dried and they're sparkling again. But perhaps it's just too painful for some to actually spend some quality time grooming their horse :?
 

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I never knew that bathing a horse kept his skin healthy. I was taught the opposite, that it removes the waxy dander that protects them from the rain. The hair may appear wet but that's only the outermost part of the hair that is. The lower part is dry as is the skin.
 

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I totally agree- A morgan gelding that's kept with my lesson mare gets soooo excited and goes trotting around the corral, then rolls and rolls and rolls. Some people hate it when you spend lots of time grooming them, let them out into their pasture, and the roll.. But I don't mind it, they're going to get dirty again eventually: They're horses!
 
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