So a lot of people have inquired how I teach Indigo her tricks.The tricks on you because she really just taught me how to fork over morsels of food.
But really, most horses are pretty motivated to amuse you when they know what you want and theres something in it for them.Rolling is essential to the horse. It scratches their backs and aligns vertebrae properly, dries sweat off them even in the winter and looks like so much fun that theres almost always guaranteed to be a chain reaction with all other equines within viewing distance. Rolling is a good thing.
So here are the ingredients, fool proof way of teaching your horse to roll.
First start with a sweaty horse. Especially helpful if there are a lot of bugs and it's hot out and the horse is a particular spotty grey mare. We just got done driving a few miles so Indigo was pretty sweaty.
Hose said sweaty horse until cooled down and nice and wet.
Optional: use a sweat scraper to avoid being shook all over. Do so quickly. I missed the punch and got sweaty water in my eyes when someone decided to swat flies and shake down wind.
Let horse out to mow down weeds in the round pen... Then turn your back for a second to get the camera to take pictures for this tutorial of horse eating weeds wile it dried off.
Shriek in horror!!
The faster you run and the louder you scream the quicker they get down and roll around in the filth.
Not very lady like there Indigo.
Then you cry.
Cry long and hard because now you have to de-tangle this.
Once you are done sobbing tell your horse you love em anyway, no matter how much sticks and dirt and things they have stuck in their previously combed and clean mane.
Back to the drawing board.
But if you are really ambitious, teaching your horse to roll/sit this way is easy. Just add a few carrots when they get down to cover themselves in dirt. Works especially if they are a grey/white/dirt reveling colour or really, really need to be clean this instant.