To most horse owners, rolling is just a normal equine behavior, or at worst, an inconvenience when a freshly groomed horse heads straight for the sloppiest mud puddle to enjoy a roll. But rolling can cause damage to grass, which becomes an issue when grazing is in short supply.
The horses spent significantly less time rolling when they were in the experimental paddock than they did when on grass only. However, when they did roll in the experimental paddock, most of it was done in the rolling areas. This suggests that horses prefer to roll in the rolling areas. Of the three surfaces, the horses showed a slight preference for soil.
Providing a dirt rolling area in a grass paddock may help horse owners and farm managers preserve more grazing area by encouraging all of the horses to roll in one place instead of in various locations on the grass. For more information, visit www.equinescienceupdate.com
My one horse that I owned preferred to roll in a sandy soil pit that I made for him. The second you turned him out, he would jog over and drop and roll in his rolling pit, as I called it.
How true, as soon as I brush my horses, they go and roll in a dirty area. They seem to all like the dirt to roll in.
Interesting. My own horse seems to prefer sand or sandy soil.
my horses love to roll right after they get groomed all my hard work gone mine like grass and the dirt
Interesting! Apache will role on just about any surface as long as it is flat!!!!! HA HA!
Willow LOVES to roll! every single day in the same spot each day!
Of course horses will pick dirt to roll in over anything else; it makes the most work for us humans. 😉