Originally Posted by Painted Horse
I borrowed a horse once and when I cinched the saddle tight he passed out and dropped. I loosened the cinch and he was fine. I'm a lot more careful about how tight I cinch a horse. Especially if Im not familar with it.
As I've become a better rider, more balanced and more centered, I leave my cinches kinda loose nowdays.
I've been told there is a nerve that the cinch can pinch if it's too tight that will cause the problem. Some horses are more sensitive than others
A friend of mine also has a horse that does that if you cinch him up too tight, it was scary the first time, it hasn't happened since they started being more careful about cinching him up.
I also have a friend whose horse did this to him when he would go to bridle his horse, once without a saddle on and once with a saddle on. That same horse tries to sling the bridle out of his mouth when your taking it off, he kind of grabs it and tosses it in the air. He does not like to be bridled. When he layed down it was kind of funny we just knew it was him trying to figure out how not to be bridled. Whereas with the other horse he sorta staggered and went down two totally different looks to it.