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    06-03-2009, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
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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    06-03-2009, 02:02 PM
*tighten the girth
    06-04-2009, 01:45 PM
He only did it one and it was with a crappy girth - I got a nice elastic one now that I usually tighten when stalled then once in the ring then once again after a few times around. He likes to puff out when stalled so I know its going to be tightened.

As for the fly spray I just spray the brush and brush it on him and he is fine lol.
    06-04-2009, 02:13 PM
I know of one horse and one pony who play dead when you tighten their girth, I have heard that its not as uncommon as you might think.... the trick is to just tighten it very slowly. First put girth on very loosely, then tighten very slowly one or two holes at a time. I think the idea of walking them while doing it makes sense. As for fly spray, I don't mare laid down on me while we were walking back to the barn from a long trail ride, she wasn't all sweaty or anything, I have no idea why she did it,, it was kinda funny. My friend said watch out she's going to lay down and boom she was on the ground, she got right up and was fine.. weird

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