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    04-14-2012, 12:02 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I don't know if someone said this already but my horse sunny does the same thing.. I asked my farrier and if you tighten the girth to fast without letting him get used to it little by little you cut of circulation. The have a circulation vein or whatever where we put the girth.. cutting that off to fast causes the horse to do that.. at least when my horse did it that's what I was told... now what I do is tighten it a little... but his bit in.. tighten it more... then I walk him around and finish it... hope this helps
     
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    04-16-2012, 09:59 AM
  #22
Foal
Sounds like it could possibly be a saddle fit/position problem.Your saddle might be putting pressure on a nerve, which can cause him to go down.
Just something to be aware of and perhaps consider .
@Barrelbeginner.You are right too,that can happen and is another thing to consider as well.
     
    04-16-2012, 10:51 AM
  #23
Foal
I should elaborate a touch on that..It isnt a vein where the circulation is cut off,but a nerve or nerves that involves the Pneumogastric nerve, solar plexus and semilunar ganglion.So don't get mad at your guy, just check to make sure your tack isnt applying undue pressure.
     
    04-16-2012, 11:11 AM
  #24
Started
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Originally Posted by oceanne    
I should elaborate a touch on that..It isnt a vein where the circulation is cut off,but a nerve or nerves that involves the Pneumogastric nerve, solar plexus and semilunar ganglion.So don't get mad at your guy, just check to make sure your tack isnt applying undue pressure.
I will have to remember that and POSSIBLY give my OTTB credit....Funny story actually....a little history first....he is a drama king type of horse...the class clown with adhd is how I best describe him.

Well, the first time I went to lunge him under saddle.....I had him tied and was tacking him up. He stretched his front legs out and went down....all the way down....face flat on the ground. I turned away from him...I had a friend witness that as I turned around, he looked up at me and when I turned back around he put his face back flat on the ground. Lol.

He has never done it since. He is very good at trying new things to avoid what I am trying to do with him ie: as the farrier is trying to do his hind feet he tries to buck, then he won't try it again when he doesn't get away with it....next time he tries something else. Needless to say, he eventually must run out of ideas because he actually turns into a good boy. But he really seems like he just runs out of ideas....sooooo funny.

But, if he ever tries to lay down under saddle again, I will remember that. :)
     
    04-16-2012, 11:16 AM
  #25
Foal
LOL... the little stinker.
Thing is,it never hurts to check all the angles.
     
    04-16-2012, 12:04 PM
  #26
rob
Weanling
Ds,next time you girth him,leave it loose and turn yur back,and see if he goes all the way to the ground.and let me know what happens.
Thank you
     
    04-16-2012, 12:46 PM
  #27
Showing
Google Paul Williams or Endospink. He uses that sensitivity to lay very difficult horses down. Paul retrains problematic race horses and is a very skilled horseman.
     
    04-16-2012, 01:13 PM
  #28
Foal
To Easter, that's pretty cruel I can't beleive you would even begin to think that's funny

DraftyAiresMum: that poor thing, no wonder he's scared of cinching...hopefully with her patience he'll eventually get completely over his fear. But that's completely understandable, I'm glad he has such a great owner now
     
    04-17-2012, 10:31 AM
  #29
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I have seen Endospink lay his horses down....I was thinking that the technique was pressure on that nerve when flexing their necks.
     

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