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post #1 of 14 Old 05-08-2009, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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laying down when girthing.

My horse likes to plump out while I'm girthing him not sure the correct term but sometimes its impossible to tighten.

Last night I did the best I could while we were in the stall then took him to the ring where I usually tighten it again.
I asked my fiance to get the one side as best as possible and my horse started to grunt and lay down. I quickly told him to stop and drop the girth and pulled him up.
Why would he do this - could it be just a cramp? This was the only time he's done it.

Just never saw that before EVER.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-08-2009, 11:55 AM
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No cramp.

There is a nerve you can pinch while tightening that can cause the horse to drop.

How tight did you try to have it?
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-08-2009, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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not tight at all I could fit two fingers in so I asked my fiance to get the one side because I am weak lol and I guess he went with all his might at it and must of hurt I'll make sure he doesnt do that again.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-10-2009, 04:59 PM
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My horse likes to plump out while I'm girthing him not sure the correct term but sometimes its impossible to tighten.

Last night I did the best I could while we were in the stall then took him to the ring where I usually tighten it again.
I asked my fiance to get the one side as best as possible and my horse started to grunt and lay down. I quickly told him to stop and drop the girth and pulled him up.
Why would he do this - could it be just a cramp? This was the only time he's done it.

Just never saw that before EVER.

Thanks!
My sisters horse used to do this, he would "faint". LOL first time she freaked out and unsaddled him and checked him out. She did not ride that day because she was worried. Well, that became a learned habit. Everytime she would tighten the girth he would "faint". Even if she loosly tighten it, walk him around then tighten it more he would still do it. Finally we figured out that it was his new and creative way to get out of riding.

What we had to do was the second he went to lay down someone would crack a whip or something to startle him so he would not lay down or if he did he was jumping right back up. It took a while but after he quit everything was fine there after. Chances are the first time you may have hit that nerve, but if he still does it he figured out that he can get out of work and will do it just to get out of work. Horses sure aint dumb, lol
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-01-2009, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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My sisters horse used to do this, he would "faint". LOL first time she freaked out and unsaddled him and checked him out. She did not ride that day because she was worried. Well, that became a learned habit. Everytime she would tighten the girth he would "faint". Even if she loosly tighten it, walk him around then tighten it more he would still do it. Finally we figured out that it was his new and creative way to get out of riding.

What we had to do was the second he went to lay down someone would crack a whip or something to startle him so he would not lay down or if he did he was jumping right back up. It took a while but after he quit everything was fine there after. Chances are the first time you may have hit that nerve, but if he still does it he figured out that he can get out of work and will do it just to get out of work. Horses sure aint dumb, lol
that's funny (sorry im late on the post) he tried doing it the other day when I was spraying him with fly spray? So maybe he's trying to get out of it by laying down lol
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-01-2009, 03:42 PM
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Yeah. If so... You should saddle/spray him in the arena. When he lies down, immediately lunge him to a canter. Make him work really hard. I once had a gelding that laid down when I was riding him. Its because he was sweaty and wanted to roll. I immediately kicked/clucked/spanked to get him running and ran him a few laps. He learned that he did less work if he just stood there :P

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There could also be some latent "wild horse" response. When colts get to nipping at each other on the legs and lower ribs, they buckle their legs to get lower than the other horse's reach and then a lot of times they will rear and strike (in the play/fight scenario). So it could have been pinching or tickling and he went down to get away from it. Then it becomes a learned thing due to him being able to get away from pressure by doing it. Make sense?


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My colt will let me touch his legs, but if I bump his leg with my foot he will try to go down - not in the nice bow down way, but in the colt is going to tear me up if I don't get away way. But he is fine with my hands or the end of the crop touching him. Just my foot. So no squaring up and using my toe to help!


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So I am not sure if you have solved the problem but I have a plan for you ... walk him as you tighten the girl. My best friends horse is really sensitive to being cinched (i am learning western terms lol) up- someone just went to town every time they saddled him and now we are having to break him of this ... you just through the lead rope over your shoulder and make him walk in a circle around you as you tighten the cinch (in your case the girth) .. so try this some time and see how it works...

Oh one other thing ... I am not a fan of tightening the girth all at once- try tightening it a little at the cross ties, a little more before you get on and then walk around the arena once or twice and do your final tighten. Now I don't mean leave it loose when you get on but there is no need to suffocate the horse :)

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If your boyfriend reefed on the girth MLS has given you your answer. He pinched a nerve.
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