Originally Posted by madisonfriday
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.
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