March 13th, 2013
Showers for Horses
Posted by F&S
Yesterday it poured all day long and we Frenchies couldn't exactly play outdoors. We did want to get out of the house so we jumped in the Kawasaki and drove to the stable to see if there was anything going on. We were happy to see that there was.
1 Sasa, why are you standing in there?
2 Oh, I get it! You were outside in the paddock and you were rolling in all that mud out there from the heavy rains we been having.
3 You got your nice warm rain sheet all wet and this is how Dolma gets it clean.
4 We Frenchies heard that horses like to roll in mud for the sheer enjoyment of it! Studies show that there appears to be both an entertainment and social component to rolling.
5 Horses will often roll in the same spot and in the same pecking order each time. Among breeding males, the dominant male rolls last.
6 Dolma's doing a great job of getting the mud off of your hooves.
7 Yep - nice and clean!
8 Well, Sasa's all clean, but Roger, the new stable hand, is standing by with muddy Rutger.
9 Roger leads Sasa out of the shower and Dolma moves Rutger in for his mud removal.
10 Rutger, I've also heard that horses roll in mud to keep their back and joints healthy. Rolling helps to stretch backs and muscles and it also exercises joints getting up and down.
11 This mud rolling all makes sense, but taking care of 5 horses is a lot of work.
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