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

Nobody's mentioned my horses' favorite.  After untacking, if there is a
decent or prospective rolling spot in camp, we head there.  Then down
time for a half hr with a sloppy lyte mash.  Then a bit of cleanup and
vet for completion.  Then look for that rolling spot again (or a better
one) and a 2 hr nap before I touch 'em.

Both of my horses are skilled at rolling in hand.

Several of my horses don't think their ride is done until they've had a good
roll, either.    As for the cramping--I've only rarely seen that, and I
suspect that the horse just overextends something in the rolling process and
gets a charliehorse as a result.  I've never had it happen with any of mine,
and have only rarely seen it happen with others.

BTW, Lynne, both Surrabu and Junior were proficient at rolling while tied to
the trailer--I always tie so that they can get their heads down to eat, but
short enough that the rope itself doesn't quite touch the ground.  Neither
one of them ever tangled or got hung up rolling that way--they seemed to
know just how much space they had.  Used to just amaze me!


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Re: [RC] Alternative Ride/Race After-care, Lynne Glazer