46 Horses We’d Roll With

As submitted for this week’s photo challenge!

Rolling is a natural part of your horse’s self-grooming process: he rolls to remove some of that shedding spring coat, to scratch an itch and work some mud and dirt down to the skin and sometimes even to give himself a little chiropractic adjustment. Whatever the reason, there are few things more satisfying to your horse than a good roll, and few things more entertaining to us as equestrians to watch.

For this week’s photo challenge, we wanted to see photos of your horses enjoying their rolls. As always, our readers delivered.

Lindsay Rausch: My mare will only roll up hill and then gets mad when she can’t make it over. Video by Lindsay Rausch.

Nicole CK: My Irish Sport, Artie doing what he does each day when turned out. Photo by Nicole CK.

Nicole CK: My Irish Sport, Artie doing what he does each day when turned out. Photo by Nicole CK.

After a good roll. #horsesofinstagram #horsenation #horses #horsesatplay

A photo posted by Nikki Lynn (@nlgilbert) on

Kimberly Reese: Kota playing dead after a long trail ride. Photo by Kimberly Reese.

Kimberly Reese: Kota playing dead after a long trail ride. Photo by Kimberly Reese.

Nothing like a good roll in the hay! #horsenation #horsesofinstagram A photo posted by Katie Fiorella (@misskatrinalynne) on

Amy Chambers Patterson: Snapped this pic of our boy, Trio, enjoying a good roll during a break from stall rest. Photo by Amy Chambers Patterson.

Amy Chambers Patterson: Snapped this pic of our boy, Trio, enjoying a good roll during a break from stall rest. Photo by Amy Chambers Patterson.

My love!!! photo challenge for #horsenation #rolling #caleb #love

A photo posted by Bergj Matthews (@shays_dream) on

Connie King: My Percheron cross- oaks- trying to roll up hill... Photo by Connie King.

Connie King: My Percheron cross- oaks- trying to roll up hill… Photo by Connie King.

A dirt bath? Yes please. #horsenation #horsesofinstagram #roll #breeze #love A photo posted by Meredith (@meredork) on

Heather Holland: Simultaneous rolling happens pretty often around here. Photo by Heather Holland.

Heather Holland: Simultaneous rolling happens pretty often around here. Photo by Heather Holland.

Feels so good! #horsenation #backscratch #friesian #morganhorse #horsesofinstagram

A photo posted by Jean Connoyer (@jeankay3) on

Erin Yoss: Photo bombed by Miss Willow! I was trying to take a picture of my Big Red with his cow friends and she walked right over and plopped down. I think she was asking to be brushed lol. Photo by Erin Yoss.

Erin Yoss: Photo bombed by Miss Willow! I was trying to take a picture of my Big Red with his cow friends and she walked right over and plopped down. I think she was asking to be brushed lol. Photo by Erin Yoss.

This is how we roll #horsenation #sunbathing #bellyup A photo posted by Denise Panariello (@bucking_beaut) on

Davandra Cribble: He's not mine, but a close friends. His name is Dante. He's a Mustang, who's dam was rounded up in Wyoming. He was born after being adopted out. Photo by Davandra Cribble.

Davandra Cribbie: He’s not mine, but a close friends. His name is Dante. He’s a Mustang, who’s dam was rounded up in Wyoming. He was born after being adopted out. Photo by Davandra Cribbie.

Jackie Schultz DeSpirito: I gave him a shower after our ride. He needed to get his dirt crust reapplied ASAP! Photo by Jackie Schultz DeSpirito.

Jackie Schultz DeSpirito: I gave him a shower after our ride. He needed to get his dirt crust reapplied ASAP! Photo by Jackie Schultz DeSpirito.

DeeAnn Eldridge McKeithan: Yep, he's smiling too! OTTB Lorddemmi. Photo by DeeAnn Eldridge McKeithan.

DeeAnn Eldridge McKeithan: Yep, he’s smiling too! OTTB Lorddemmi. Photo by DeeAnn Eldridge McKeithan.

Kim Grooms Cruser: Enjoying the sun mid roll. Photo by Kim Grooms Cruser.

Kim Grooms Cruser: Enjoying the sun mid roll. Photo by Kim Grooms Cruser.

Steph Côté: Sophie likes to stretch when she rolls. Photo by Steph Côté.

Steph Côté: Sophie likes to stretch when she rolls. Photo by Steph Côté.

Hailey Petzoldt: Thanks for washing me mom... My palomino Cowboy. Photo by Hailey Petzoldt.

Hailey Petzoldt: Thanks for washing me mom… My palomino Cowboy. Photo by Hailey Petzoldt.

Katherine Mustafa: My saddlebred Moses. Photo by Katherine Mustafa.

Katherine Mustafa: My saddlebred Moses. Photo by Katherine Mustafa.

Katarina Young: The only thing between the wash stall & the paddock... a fluffy sand ring! How could I say no? Photo by Katarina Young.

Katarina Young: The only thing between the wash stall & the paddock… a fluffy sand ring! How could I say no? Photo by Katarina Young.

Rachel Dierlam: I will never own a grey. Photo by Rachel Dierlam.

Rachel Dierlam: I will never own a grey. Photo by Rachel Dierlam.

Photo by Lynn Cunningham Guevara

Photo by Lynn Cunningham Guevara

Addie Wetteland: My heartbreaker, while his "mini-me" looks on. Photo by Addie Wetteland.

Addie Wetteland: My heartbreaker, while his “mini-me” looks on. Photo by Addie Wetteland.

Snowflake Hagen: But it feels so good. Photo by M. Hagen.

Snowflake Hagen: But it feels so good. Photo by M. Hagen.

Megan Guntharp: My horse getting downd for a good roll after AN HOUR of bathing. (Notice the horse next door giving him the 'what are you doing?' Face ) Photo by Megan Guntharp.

Megan Guntharp: My horse getting downd for a good roll after AN HOUR of bathing. (Notice the horse next door giving him the ‘what are you doing?’ Face ) Photo by Megan Guntharp.

Katie Pehler Ricciardone: "Thanks for the bath, mom!" Photo by Katie Pehler Ricciardone.

Katie Pehler Ricciardone: “Thanks for the bath, mom!” Photo by Katie Pehler Ricciardone.

Lauren Pfarr: Love how Patti (Suffolk) is watching my girl roll in the snow like "What are you doing?" Photo by Lauren Pfarr.

Lauren Pfarr: Love how Patti (Suffolk) is watching my girl roll in the snow like “What are you doing?” Photo by Lauren Pfarr.

Photo by Sarah Broussard Muse

Photo by Sarah Broussard Muse

Kimberly Sims Ayars: Dandelions feel so good! Ruben, our Danish Warmblood on grass for the first time this spring. Photo by Kimberly Sims Ayars.

Kimberly Sims Ayars: Dandelions feel so good! Ruben, our Danish Warmblood on grass for the first time this spring. Photo by Kimberly Sims Ayars.

Photo by Jennifer L. Martin

Photo by Jennifer L. Martin

Laura Blevins: He would prefer to be a sorrel! Not gray! Photo by Laura Blevins.

Laura Blevins: He would prefer to be a sorrel! Not gray! Photo by Laura Blevins.

Katie Mallette: Dual roll after baths. Photo by Katie Mallette.

Katie Mallette: Dual roll after baths. Photo by Katie Mallette.

Kristen Kovatch: I could make a whole coffee table book of the pics I've taken of my horse rolling, lol. Photo by Kristen Kovatch.

Kristen Kovatch: I could make a whole coffee table book of the pics I’ve taken of my horse rolling, lol. Photo by Kristen Kovatch.

Natalie Brandt: Benjamin in full belly- up fashion! Photo by Melissa Whitworth Vincent.

Natalie Brandt: Benjamin in full belly- up fashion! Photo by Melissa Whitworth Vincent.

Kathy Walsh: Look at that smile! Photo by Kathy Walsh.

Kathy Walsh: Look at that smile! Photo by Kathy Walsh.

Tina McKendree: Banker shaking off the roll! Photo by Tina McKendree.

Tina McKendree: Banker shaking off the roll! Photo by Tina McKendree.

Jill Ryan Tipton: Promise showing her sexy leg! Photo by Jill Ryan Tipton.

Jill Ryan Tipton: Promise showing her sexy leg! Photo by Jill Ryan Tipton.

Hannah Thueson: Nick, one of my campus' schoolie horses enjoying some turn-out time in the outdoor arena. The biggest goof and sweetheart ever! Photo by Hanna Thueson.

Hannah Thueson: Nick, one of my campus’ schoolie horses enjoying some turn-out time in the outdoor arena. The biggest goof and sweetheart ever! Photo by Hanna Thueson.

Sinéid Burson: After spending 45 minutes bathing her... Photo by Sinéid Burson

Sinéid Burson: After spending 45 minutes bathing her… Photo by Sinéid Burson

Julie Schock: Schock family synchronized rolling team... Photo by Joe Schock.

Julie Schock: Schock family synchronized rolling team… Photo by Joe Schock.

Micaela Frudden: Rolling while handgrazing. Photo by Micaela Frudden.

Micaela Frudden: Rolling while handgrazing. Photo by Micaela Frudden.

Dawnya Boswell Hathaway: Fly spray removal sand scrub! Photo by Dawnya Boswell Hathaway.

Dawnya Boswell Hathaway: Fly spray removal sand scrub! Photo by Dawnya Boswell Hathaway.

Jen Helm: Bop giving himself a massage after his dressage lesson. Photo by Jen Helm.

Jen Helm: Bop giving himself a massage after his dressage lesson. Photo by Jen Helm.

Keep an eye out for next week’s 24-hour photo challenge! We announce challenge subjects on Monday around the middle of the day on both Instagram and Facebook.

Go riding!

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