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    01-19-2012, 11:11 PM
:-D Thanks! He's definitely a character!
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    01-19-2012, 11:13 PM
Ok, Sodehr looks absolutely miserable in all that snow. He NEEDS to come to TX where it's warm still.
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    01-19-2012, 11:29 PM
I had it happen to me once, it wasn't my horse so I was like. Hey where are you going as we were both going down together in slow motion. I was told I was to tense and holding her leg differently or too tight/far up. True, I was a tad nervous since I was still new to the horse. Outside of that I wonder why.
    01-19-2012, 11:39 PM
Too bad that's from last year Smrobs! Actually he'd probably rather be down there this year -28 this morning!
    01-21-2012, 10:06 AM
My mare will go to her knees periocially and even my filly has, but it's very uncommon for her. I always know why. They want to move vs stand still for their hoofs to be picked. I pick them daily, no matter the weather, and usually in the pasture. The mare is never saddle before picking, but on random days she'll want to eat some grass that's 2 inches beyond her reach while I'm doing her feet :)) or want to go over to the hay feeder. At times she'll just get tired of stand for me so that when I go to her back feet she'll walk off (usually when I'm doing the last one), so then I put a halter on her and tie her off while I do the last foot.
She loves to test me a few times a month by leanling on me doing the front the front or sitting back when I do her hind feet. It's just her testing me and she accepts when I poke her back with my elbow, brush or pick handle (which ever is immediately convenient) that I'm not going to tolerate it.
I don't think she'd stand well for me to pick her after being saddled. She won't leave the saddle, me or the filly alone if I pick out the filly's feet and make her wait to be saddled. Her reaction to the saddle is that it goes on her back and realively soon. Once saddled she's ready to go doens't want you messing feet or with some other horse either. She'll wait if she has to, but she doesn't care to.
    01-21-2012, 10:50 AM
When a horse is cinched to tight this is what can happen. Google Endospink, a race trainer who uses this to his advantage to lay horses down. He deals with real crazies and laying them down takes the stupid out of them. When cinching, the horse should be walked 5 or 6 strides, then retightened but so one can get all four fingers in. The walking prevents them from holding their breath. By four fingers, I don't mean you really have to push to get them between cinch and horse but with a little effort.
    01-22-2012, 11:14 PM
I try to always stretch my horse's legs before I ride. The first time their legs get stretched they usually do a "WHOA! What's going on?" and maybe go down a bit. But a cluck and a nudge reassures them I know what I'm doing, and it never happens again after that very first time.

If your horse is sensitive to the girth, what you can do is tighten the girth to the proper hole once you're in the saddle. My girth has double elastics and my horse doesn't blow out his stomach, so it's not necessary for me. When I ride other horses I always leave some breathing room until I mount.

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