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    11-05-2008, 09:54 PM
  #1
Weanling
Blowing Up

I've dealt with horses who "blow up" while you're girthing them up, but Blaze is pretty bad. I know he's doing it, so I just loosely tighten the girth as I'm tacking him up. Then I walk him over to the arena, and tighten again.

It hasn't been a real issue until today, until we finished a canter and I realized how loose my saddle was. Before I'd hopped on, I'd walked him around/attempted to tighten the girth 3 times!

Any other suggestions? I don't want to end up underneath my horse I know one thing is that my girth is too short; I need one that's 2 inches longer.
     
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    11-05-2008, 10:12 PM
  #2
Showing
With a horse that blows up, I have a few suggestions:

1) Do the girth up while you're saddling, then check it again before you mount up, walk around for a few mins, check it again, do a warmup, check it again... you get the picture. Pain in the butt, yes, but that will be your best bet for making sure the girth is tight enough.

2) Use a girth with elastic ends (both ends); this allows equalization on both ends of the girth and you can snug it up pretty darn tight without having to worry it's too tight.
     
    11-05-2008, 11:32 PM
  #3
Banned
Another stion is doing groundwork with the saddle on. After maybe each 2 minutes, try the girth again then continue
     
    11-06-2008, 04:42 AM
  #4
Yearling
I completely agree with JDI... get a girth with elasticated ends... secondly, I'm not sure how much groundwork would work... I have a mare who hates being girthed. You could spend ages playing with the girth, and still find it to be a problem after working on it. Some horses anticipate being ridden and no matter how long you walk them, some never relax enough for you to get the girth up high enough. The best thing - even if it's a pain in the butt - is to keep checking while you're warming up, and making sure it's tight enough before doing anything else, ie cantering.
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    11-06-2008, 10:19 AM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks everyone!

I'll be hunting down a new girth this weekend, and will make sure to get one w/elastic ends. I'll also make sure to keep tightening throughout warming up before moving on to anything more strenuous.
     
    11-06-2008, 12:23 PM
  #6
Trained
My horse does that. Well, first of all he has a problem with "fainting" when we tighten the cinch. It came from way back the previous owners said. He was a roping horse and they said something hurt him and so now if you tighten it too fast he'll collapse to the ground. That's pretty much beside the point though. But, because of that we have to tighten it a little, walk him around, tighten it a little, walk him around and on and on. Usually 3-4 times. He does have the blowing up issue as well. My mom taught me to just gently knee him in the belly when he does it. Her horse used to do it and it worked for her. And, it works for me as well. He lets the air out and I can tighten it the rest of the way.
     
    11-06-2008, 01:36 PM
  #7
Zab
Yearling
Avoid elastic ends, they're not really good for the horse.

Tighten the girth from both sides; most of the ''blowing up'' is actually that the girth moves a bit with the horse and evens out. (If you thighten it from one side as much as you can, you can often go to the other side and thighten it another hole or two)
Do it once when you saddle up, and once more before you get up yourself. If the horse is realy taking a deep breathe, just hold the girth tight untill he lets it out; he can't stop breathing ;)
     
    11-06-2008, 02:00 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by RusticWildFire    
My horse does that. Well, first of all he has a problem with "fainting" when we tighten the cinch. It came from way back the previous owners said. He was a roping horse and they said something hurt him and so now if you tighten it too fast he'll collapse to the ground. That's pretty much beside the point though. But, because of that we have to tighten it a little, walk him around, tighten it a little, walk him around and on and on. Usually 3-4 times. He does have the blowing up issue as well. My mom taught me to just gently knee him in the belly when he does it. Her horse used to do it and it worked for her. And, it works for me as well. He lets the air out and I can tighten it the rest of the way.

I do that too (with the kneeing) I don't do it hard just enough... I also do incremented tightening and I will lunge a little each way and tighten. My horse isnt cinchy at all just blow her big belly out.
     
    11-06-2008, 02:05 PM
  #9
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zab    
Avoid elastic ends, they're not really good for the horse.

Tighten the girth from both sides; most of the ''blowing up'' is actually that the girth moves a bit with the horse and evens out. (If you thighten it from one side as much as you can, you can often go to the other side and thighten it another hole or two)
Do it once when you saddle up, and once more before you get up yourself. If the horse is realy taking a deep breathe, just hold the girth tight untill he lets it out; he can't stop breathing ;)
What about elastic ends aren't good for the horse?

I do/have tightened the girth on both sides.
     
    11-06-2008, 02:17 PM
  #10
Zab
Yearling
People say it's hard to get too tight for the horse, but it's actually the opposite.. with a normal girth you can barely have it too tight but with the elastic one it's too tight or too sloppy. Why else would it work for ''blowing up'' horses? :3 You can tighten it almost to no end and it doesn't feel tight, but it is.. hard to explain.
     

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