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    12-04-2011, 11:39 PM
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why? sensitive to cinchy..biting wood

Okay,sooooo my horse is cinchy/girthy. I do it slow as I can but when I do cinch her up she will look at me with an annoyed expression and sometimes tries to nip but hasn't done that much lately...I have looked up while tightening and while I'm fiddling with the saddle she is at the tie post biting the wood! She puts her teeth on it and twists it around trying to take a chunk out. I rode her today and she didn't do this but sometimes she does. Maybe I'm tightening it too tight? Too be honest I am not sure if I am or not. I can mount her no problem with my trusty "mounting stump" or from the ground but prefer the stump as it's easier on their backs. Also she tends to walk right when she knows I am up in my stirrup and almost in the saddle...how do I fix this?

I guess I should have put this in horse training but wasn't sure.
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    12-05-2011, 12:17 AM
For the girth problem, there are many things you can try. I have heard everything from circles, to whacking them, to tacking them in the open, to just leaving the girth loose, then walking them around, then re-tightening. Find what works for the horse I suppose. I personally like the tighten, then lunge/walk out, then re-tighten idea. Works great for me

The walking off thing, I usually fix with circles. So as you are getting on, hold 1 rein in your hand. If that horse moves off while you are mounting, pull on that one rein, so that they do a tight circle. Release when they stop moving, and then let them relax. I do this with mine whether I am on the ground or already mounted. They get sick of the circles and learn to stand still very quickly.
    12-05-2011, 01:38 AM
Green Broke
Okay,I will try that for mounting. I guess I kinda let her get away with it but have been trying to correct her as I like to get all situated while being at a stand still.

I don't whack my horse but she bloats BAD.My latigo is short so I have to tighten it to a point to where it won't undo itself and she doesn't like when I do the since she is sensitive. However is she is preoccupied on something it doesn't bother her AS much. I guess it might be a thing I won't be able to fix? What would the nawing on wood mean? Could she be impatient being tied?
    12-05-2011, 01:41 AM
Horses where I work (not all, maybe five out of 40+?) chew aggressively on wood while being cinched up.. Subbing because I am curious too. They seem very pissed off so I don't know if it's pain or just crabbiness at having to work?
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    12-05-2011, 01:44 AM
Green Broke
Well sometimes my horse is lazy. Once I get her going or go some place other than riding in the pasture then she is fine and happy.
    12-05-2011, 01:46 AM
Yeah, the horses at the barn that are cinchy are fine once they get going. No bucking or anything they just do their job.
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    12-05-2011, 01:47 AM
Green Broke
Hmmm...maybe people cinched them up too fast before and now the expect it?
    12-05-2011, 02:01 PM
A trainer once told me that if you just tighten up the cinch really fast, it feels like a corset being tightened up (uncomfortable!). She said to tighten it a little bit, then walk the horse around, so that he knows he is going to work and then tighten it again right before you are going to mount.
    12-05-2011, 04:20 PM
Green Broke
Okay,so I will work on it and just go super slow and maybe give her some alfalfa pellets as a treat? The thing is I am pretty sure I made her cinchy. I don't think she was like that before so I feel really bad about it. Do you think she will always be cinchy for now on?
    12-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
I don't want to be the one who jumps in with the whole, "It's pain!" thing, but you may want to look into possible stomach ulcers.

To my knowledge, it's common for ulcered horses to be cinchy, as well as wood biters, especially after eating. Have you noticed her biting on anything after eating?

And of course, it could also be boredom or plain agitation. Good luck finding the problem!
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