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post #1 of 47 Old 01-16-2012, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Horse went down on knees while picking her hooves

It was the weirdest thing. I ride almost daily, and I pick her hooves daily. She's great about it, loves her farrier, no issues. I USUALLY pick her feet before I saddle her. For some reason I forgot, so she was saddled up and ready to ride and I realized I needed to pick her hooves. I pulled up her front leg as usual and down she went, slow motion like, to both knees. I just sort of stared at her for a few seconds until she got back up (she kind of looked confused). I tried it again, and dooowwwwwnnnn she went again, slow motion, to her knees. So I went around and did the other three, and came back to the first one and she was fine. What was THAT about??????
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post #2 of 47 Old 01-16-2012, 10:01 PM
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I don't know but when she went to go down I would have reprimanded here. My horse use to lean back when you picked up one of his front feet to the point where he'd fall back. I started reprimanding him and he stopped that real quick.
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post #3 of 47 Old 01-16-2012, 10:04 PM
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my mare used to do that but only when she had a saddle on. We figured out when we loosened the cinch she was fine......
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overcinched
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post #5 of 47 Old 01-16-2012, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Can you explain overcinched? She hates being cinched up and I went to great pains to get a super comfy cinch that doesn't require as much tightening but she HATES it. Why would that make her go down when her hoof is picked up? What is the connection? That's so bizarre!
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post #7 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 12:12 AM
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Actually. I didn't even read the part where you said she was already cinched up.

Maybe it's pinching her? If you rule out any pain or discomfert maybe she's doing it just to get out of you picking her feet
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post #8 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 12:18 AM
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Yes it's not really how soft or comfortable the cinch feels, it's how tight it is. If you've ever seen a buckin horse go down in the chute, like just crouch down, that's what's going on. You want those bareback riggins and bronc saddles tight. But, at the same time, if they're too tight, the horse's reaction is to go down. It kinda looks like they're stretching. It's not just yours, it happens alot. A horse won't perform at it's best with a really tight cinch. They can't run and won't jump as well. I picked up rodeos with a guy once who overcinched his gelding. I could **** near outrun that horse on foot when my buddy rode him. He couldn't catch the broncs at all. (and this guy was like 120 pounds). And when I rode the same horse he didn't have any trouble, even though I'm twice as heavy. Neither of us knew why till my dad got on his ass about cuttin that horse in two.

I don't know what your horse can take, but if you feel like you can loosen one hole, and still be safe, do that. I ride with a very loose cinch, even roping heavy stuff. But my horses have good backs and withers and you can step up on them without even having a cinch on.
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That is so interesting that you mention that! My new cinch has a roller which makes it easier to cinch up, she has a very high wither and when riding hills I got so tired of having to re-cinch the saddle (it would drift down her back), I finally got a breast collar. I try not to cinch her up too tight, but with that roller thing, I don't know. Maybe it's too tight? Today she seemed kind of "wonky" at the lope. Like her front half and back half weren't really working together. I wonder if she's just really sensitive. I'm going to try to really ride with a looser cinch and see how she does. This is just not something I've experienced before.
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I'm glad you asked this, my gelding randomly leans back and down which seems as far as he can, then stands up again. The girth is tightened exactly the same every time, and this only happens once in a blue moon. I do let roar at him to stand up when he does it but it does leave me wondering why. He's treated by a chiro regularly so I'm fairly happy its not a back issue - and if it was surely he would do it every time?
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