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post #1 of 4 Old 07-17-2011, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Peeing after girth tightening? Something to worry about or coincidence?

Sorry for the rather crude title, but it is what it is.

At any rate, my leased mare showed me some new behavior this week. Two days in a row, I saddled up, walked into the arena to mount, and after adjusting the girth for mounting, she peed in the arena. She is typically shy about this, preferring her stall. I had never seen her go anywhere else prior to this week.

I have a statistics background, so seeing this two days in a row after never seeing this before gets the wheels turning- is it likely that this would happen 2 days in a row by chance? I'm wondering if this is something to worry about or simply coincidence?

Here's what I think is the relevant background about Isabel:
-I typically ride her 4 times a week, generally in the morning
-She has recently (last 3-4 weeks) started being used in lessons with two teenage riders. She seems to have mellowed considerably since she's getting more "kid time," but has also recently started holding her breath for girth-tightening, which is a habit I'd never seen in her prior to this (and would like to get away from, which could be difficult with different people riding her now, but I suppose that's a different thread)
-Her saddle has recently been adjusted by a master saddle fitter
-The tack we're using hasn't changed otherwise
-She has a relatively weak back that we're working on, and it's been a few months since she's seen the chiro
-It has been hot where we are this week (high 80s F to low 90s F) but she spends most of the day in a paddock with a covered run-in and nights in the barn. This is her typical routine and has not changed.

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-18-2011, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I'll answer my own question with what should have been the obvious answer- she's in heat She wasn't really showing any other signs last week, but this week, yeah, that's definitely what's going on.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-18-2011, 12:31 PM
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Sounds like heat to me...especially if it's not a long pee, but short ones...she's leaving her scent for all the boys to find her lol.

But, also with the heat you may want to keep an eye on her especially if she gets even more girthy or seems tender. Maybe keep track of her temp because it could also be a sign of bladder or kidney infection.

As for being girthy since being leased and holding her breath, this is a common reaction to someone tightening the girth too tight too fast. Maybe the girls using her for lessons aren't conscientious of how fast they tighten her up, especially i they are in a hurry to get out for their lesson. I bet if everyone starts tightening in increments she will stop. I usually put on my saddle then do up the girth just enough to hold it on. Then I pick feet. then I tighten a little more...then I bridle, get my helmet etc. Then I give one last tightening just before getting on.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-18-2011, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Cinny. I am going to be talking with the trainer to be sure the lesson girls are taking it easy with the girth tightening. I think you're spot on. When I rode this morning, I was very deliberate with the gradual method you mentioned, and she was acting much more like her old self, not dancing around and blowing out. Much more pleasant for both of us, but definitely something to monitor when others are riding her.
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