Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: southern california
Extremely girthy horse...help..
My thin-skinned TB is severely girthy. Previous owner warned me to only use fleece synthetic girths and cinch slowly. He is, otherwise, the perfect horse except I sometimes do not look forward to tacking him up. I have done everything others suggest...one hole at a time then walk away and do something else then come back and do next hole, walk him around before doing next hole (which, by the way, allows my saddle to slip back).
He not only swings his head back to bit me ( I smack him), he raises hind leg and tries to kick me and kicks out with hind leg if I get even remotely close to getting first hole hooked. After I walk him, I go to do next hole (2nd hole on one side) and he kicks rear leg around and then kicks it behind him....along with several attempts to bite at me.
When I think about riding, I just can't wait to get on him but really hate the girthing bit which is time consuming process and I almost get injured each time. Once I am actually on him, he could care less about me cinching up his girth the rest of the way...doesn't even put his ears back once I am one him. Only when I am on the ground with him. I need suggestions. Some days are worse than others. One day I cinched him up and he didn't give me any trouble so what was so special about that day??? Oh and he does this with everyone including my trainer so it's not a disrespect issue as he really respects my trainer and still does this...I don't see any ulcers of any kind it's smooth skin and coat with no changes.