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post #1 of 6 Old 11-20-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cinchy Mare - help?

I use my mare as a lesson horse. walk/trot english and some jumping. She has started to become cinchy when I saddle her. I have ruled out the possibility that the saddle doesnt fit her. It fits well. I am not making the cinch too tight. When I do this, I dont even have to be tightening it. Just touching her girth area will sometimes cause her to bite, swish her tail, or even kick. It worsens when I actually move to tighten it. Any ideas why she does this (only started a few months ago and is getting worse and Ive had her for 7 years.) Any ideas on how to fix it?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-21-2012, 03:42 AM
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If you think it's strictly behavior, I'd smack her in the neck.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-21-2012, 03:47 AM
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My gelding is like that. Former lesson horse. This is the reasoning. He has had in experienced people saddle. This Is my conclusion
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-21-2012, 04:53 PM
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Hold a whip.

If she were to offer to bite or nip, let we run into your elbow. If she tries to kick whip the crap out of her leg.
Then continue doing the cinch up.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-21-2012, 05:47 PM
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My mare gets cinchy in the winter, and I figured it out: She hates it when it tickles her winter belly hair and tries to kick it XD Once you get it past the point of tickling, she's fine.

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She is equating saddling with work. Try saddling her and just taking her for a walk and allow her to graze or if no grass, stash a pan of goodies. Don't ride her but try to create a more pleasant association with saddling. Never hit a horse unless your life is in imminent danger. Smacking a horse for misbehavior causes it to see you as a predator and may fight to get away. Trust begins to break down. You could also saddle her in a different locale. If it's always done in the same place the same way, she has the routine figured out.
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