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  • Stretches for horse arthritis in knee
  • Horses knee buckling while cinching

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    01-18-2012, 07:35 PM
  #21
Green Broke
^^^^ I have noticed with horses that are "stretched" while saddled are more likely to want to go down like that.
     
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    01-18-2012, 07:40 PM
  #22
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
^^^^ I have noticed with horses that are "stretched" while saddled are more likely to want to go down like that.
I stretch all horses I ride (saddled up) and they've never tried to go down.. :/ so is it because the girth was a good fit and not overly tight?
     
    01-18-2012, 07:59 PM
  #23
Yearling
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
^^^^ I have noticed with horses that are "stretched" while saddled are more likely to want to go down like that.
I don't do that anymore for that reason. Its just asking him to go down, which is why I did it in the video, to show how he acted. Yet his problem started long before I even thought about stretching.

He also did it without stretching, and when he was bad he would go down even when I didn't ask him to pick up his feet. He was bad for a while. No one found any pain issues, just possible pinching nerve or even possible panic attack. I learned to work around it, and haven't had an accident in a long time.
     
    01-18-2012, 08:02 PM
  #24
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I stretch all horses I ride (saddled up) and they've never tried to go down.. :/ so is it because the girth was a good fit and not overly tight?
Most cases you can avoid by not over cinching and a good saddle fitting. (plus some horses don't like certain cinches/girths) Jake would go down with a bareback pad, which is impossible to get tight. >.>

A lot of people talked about saddling issues on a thread I had a while ago.

Horse goes down after Saddling
     
    01-18-2012, 08:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
Most cases you can avoid by not over cinching and a good saddle fitting. (plus some horses don't like certain cinches/girths) Jake would go down with a bareback pad, which is impossible to get tight. >.>

A lot of people talked about saddling issues on a thread I had a while ago.

Horse goes down after Saddling
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    01-18-2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Roperchick    
haha thanks smrobs I had a brain fart and couldnt think of the term....
Haha, Sweet!! I'm getting credit for more stuff I didn't do. Wait...it was something good right? I don't want credit for something bad!

Anyway, back to the OP, that is a fairly common reaction to being cinched too tight, like AC said. It's especially common in horses that are already a bit cinchy (which your mare sounds like she is). Now that you know, you can prevent it from happening again in the future.
     
    01-19-2012, 11:14 AM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I stretch all horses I ride (saddled up) and they've never tried to go down.. :/ so is it because the girth was a good fit and not overly tight?
I am by no means claiming they all will do it, but I have noticed it more frequent in horses that are stretched....It also pisses off the shoer when they do that while trying to get their foot up on the toe stand! LOL

But as for the OP, I will agree that he was probably over cinched.
     
    01-19-2012, 03:01 PM
  #28
Foal
Although horses do try to lean on you and and learn to roll/fall down to prevent your from messing with them. Or from girthing up and saddle fit.

it is important to rule out health issues.

My horse did this to me several months ago (and a couple times before that, although he has a bad knee)

It could be from knees hurting (arthritis) or knees not being able to close all the way (heels left too high during trimming will cause the stay apparatus to malfunction, the stay apparatus is what ables the horse to lock his knees while standing. Also knee arthritis with accumulation of synovial fluid will do this.)

Do you notice his knees shaking/buckling while standing? Or when the farrier picks a hind or a front hoof up?

If not it could have been a one time thing, or some of the other things mentioned above.

Good luck!
     
    01-19-2012, 03:09 PM
  #29
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Originally Posted by Elinejk    
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?
I can comfortably fit my hand in between the cinch and my horse before I even get on. I ride in treeless saddle too and it stays on just fine, even when Sodehr pulls one of his 180 degrees spin and run maneuvers. If you can only get two fingers in there 20 minutes into riding I'd say you're probably too tight.
     
    01-19-2012, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I am by no means claiming they all will do it, but I have noticed it more frequent in horses that are stretched....It also pisses off the shoer when they do that while trying to get their foot up on the toe stand! LOL
Oh no I didn't think you were making that claim, I was just wondering if I had tightened the cinch or girth more, would they have done that?

LOL what goofy horses! Well, smart horses.. :P Better to go down than up, lol.
     

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