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Re: [RC] Alternative Ride/Race After-care - Lra1222

Our post ride care also consists of a good roll in the sand. As a matter of 
fact, if I don't help my gelding find a suitable place to roll ASAP, he will 
try to roll many times on the walk back to the trailer. After every training 
ride, he gets a good roll in the sand as a reward. He is very good at rolling 
hand." He pouts if he doesn't get his roll! :) 
After a ride (mind you, we've only done 25's so far, but will be doing 50's 
later this year) this is what I do:
-hose him off
-let him roll and get filthy
-hose him off again
-walk to trailer-- letting him munch on anything he wants  (within reason)
-let him go in his pen with hay, water, and beet pulp slop
-after an hour/ hour and a half- check vital signs, give some e-lytes, brush 
him off, and leave him alone for a couple hours. It's nap time for both of us! 
-later during the afternoon, I'll usually take him out every once in a while 
to let him walk around and graze.

I don't follow this religiously- this is just basically what I do. Sometimes 
I'll put Ice Tight on his legs, but usually I don't think he needs it. It all 
just boils down to common sense- I know my horse- I know what's normal, I know 
when something is out of the ordinary. I PAY ATTENTION! To me that's what's 
important-- listening to my horse-- his opinion is the one that matters most.


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