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post #11 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 09:49 AM
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Once hubby was riding my QH mare, we were trailriding and stopped to drink some coffee.. After the break, he tightened the cinch and a few minutes later she went down and tried to roll, at first we thought she had colic but one of the folks riding, loosened the cinch and she was suddenly "cured" of her colic!!! We both learned a lesson that day...

The only problem I have now is I cinch up my new mare, after I had saddled her, walked her around and tightened again. After I get on, hubby has to tighten it up usually 2 holes because it becomes so loose.. how can I get it "JUST RIGHT" when I tighten it up from the ground???

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post #12 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 10:08 AM
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I don't know but when she went to go down I would have reprimanded here.
Absolutely not. That would be like slapping you for fainting.

The horse was likely being pinched in the girth area. Some horses have a nerve that runs closer to the surface.
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post #13 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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RhondaLynn - good question. The cinch seems pretty tight, then 20 minutes later I can put two fingers behind it (she holds her breath). Maybe she just needs more breathing room. As long as the saddle doesn't fall off, and I've got the breast collar on now. But jeez...how loose is too loose?
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post #14 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 12:19 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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What on earth for - would you like someone to "reprimand" you for vomiting, sneezing, etc? This is not a horse doing something to be bad - it is an involuntary reaction caused by the cinching (hence why the horse does not do it unsaddled)
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post #15 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 12:23 PM
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Absolutely not. That would be like slapping you for fainting.

The horse was likely being pinched in the girth area. Some horses have a nerve that runs closer to the surface.
I reprimanded myself in a later post. I didn't realize she had the cinch already tightened.
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What on earth for - would you like someone to "reprimand" you for vomiting, sneezing, etc? This is not a horse doing something to be bad - it is an involuntary reaction caused by the cinching (hence why the horse does not do it unsaddled)
Again. Did you guys not read later down in the thread? I didn't realize she said she had already tightened the cinch. Wouldn't have said that if I didn't miss the part where she already cinched him up.
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post #17 of 47 Old 01-17-2012, 06:14 PM
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haha thanks smrobs I had a brain fart and couldnt think of the term....i personally don't like the cinches with the rollers because its too easy to over tighten it and pinch the horse. But that's just my opinion I guess people with more patience do better with em! Haha plus my horses always hold their breath and when I had the roller cinch I always forgot to recheck before I mounted....

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post #18 of 47 Old 01-18-2012, 05:41 PM
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hmm... my guess would be either the cinch is too tight, or pinching....ORRR....she was taught to bow?? Lol I have no clue. X)
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post #19 of 47 Old 01-18-2012, 06:14 PM
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That's a crazy reaction to think about.. I never heard about that. At least it seems that it's an easy fix nothing bad like colic or whatnot :)

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post #20 of 47 Old 01-18-2012, 07:23 PM
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I agree with the above. Cinching issue. Jake throws himself to the ground if I cinch too tight or too fast or with a new cinch. I always make sure to pick his hooves before I saddle up. It isn't a behavior thing, its more like fainting.

Here is a mild example of how Jake acts :


Just take things slow and watch for symptoms, maybe its just Jake but he can and would fall over. So just be careful.


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