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  • Horse girthy on one side
  • Girthy horse problems riding bareback

 
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    12-28-2010, 10:38 PM
  #11
Weanling
I think girthing her slowly will really help. I went through a similar problem. Girth was slightly small, I was very impatient. Problem was she would blow out her stomach in anticipation, making it even worse. I would put it on the first hole on one side then go to the other side, bring up the girth but NOT BUCKLE IT. If she let her air out, I praised her and let go of the girth. I repeated this a couple times then put the girth on the first hole after she blew the air out. Then very very slowly I would tighten it.

I got a little sidetracked, I'm not sure if you'll have this exact problem. But with a girthy horse, always SLOW. Their problems stem from their girth being yanked into place quickly, which hurts.
     
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    12-28-2010, 10:45 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Tymer    
I think girthing her slowly will really help. I went through a similar problem. Girth was slightly small, I was very impatient. Problem was she would blow out her stomach in anticipation, making it even worse. I would put it on the first hole on one side then go to the other side, bring up the girth but NOT BUCKLE IT. If she let her air out, I praised her and let go of the girth. I repeated this a couple times then put the girth on the first hole after she blew the air out. Then very very slowly I would tighten it.

I got a little sidetracked, I'm not sure if you'll have this exact problem. But with a girthy horse, always SLOW. Their problems stem from their girth being yanked into place quickly, which hurts.

Thank you :)

Do you know how to properly measure for the perfect fit?
     
    12-28-2010, 10:58 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Gidget    
Thank you :)

Do you know how to properly measure for the perfect fit?
No clue, I'm sure someone here will. I just use trial and error, especially with my horse that gets fat and skinny quicker than any living thing I've ever seen.
     
    12-28-2010, 11:08 PM
  #14
Super Moderator
My friend's horse was and still is very girthy. He was in an ill-fitting saddle for a long time such that his withers have white hair and are still sore. So, he associates the girthing time as "OMG, now it's going to hurt!"
My friend spent 8 weeks riding bareback iwth a pad on pad on pad, and had a saddler custom fit him for a brand new western trail saddle.
But D is still very girthy and wants to bite. When we put the new saddle on for the first time, he actually tried to cowkick her. I grabbed his leadline and made him move around me pronto!!!! Only wish I had had a longer leadline , as I didnt' like having him so close to me while pushing him to move on.

So, the thing to do is make them move/work when they try to bite. You will need to be ready to do that, so you will need to have the horse standing loose with a halter and a long leadline, long enough that you can move the horse and "propeller" the end to move them on. Or, keep awhip on hand. Not to hit them but to move them around you briskly.
If you cross tie her, you cannot make her move immediately if she choooses to bite. So, have a friend hold her, ready to move her out and make her work if she tries to bite.
     
    12-28-2010, 11:26 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I do not always have someone there to help me while I saddle her up. My husband helps me a lot though.I could ask him. I cross tie her most of the time as she likes to try and eat people's hay O.O...I feed her all the time so I know she doesn't have to eat all the time..especially other people's hay!...anyways..I do have a new lead rope that is long. I also have a training stick and a crop. She hasn't tried cow kicking me. I check her back and withers frequently to see if they are sore and they haven't been. She is just girthy...And if no one is there to help me I will hold the crop with me as she knows I mean business and to listen to me..I have whacked her with it in the past because she would test me a lot of the time. Also I use the crop if she tries to eat grass while riding and now she doesn't try to eat AS much..I can give her a slap on the butt of shoulder with my hand and she stops. Now I do know what a crop is for..I know it's not a beating stick and I don't literally beat the living daylights out of her.
     
    12-28-2010, 11:33 PM
  #16
Super Moderator
Of course you don't beat the living daylight out. You are a very concientous horse owner, it is clear.
You know, of all the bad habits of horses, having them try to bite you when you tack up is one I hate the most. I just hate that being on edge , waiting to see if they will bite . It makes one nervous, and of course, the more you are nervous or worrying about something, the more the horse cues into it and lives up to your expectations. I would hate it if I had to deal with that a lot. Dealing with my friend's horse was not fun and I tried to be quick and decisive, but I tend to just be glad that the horses I ride aren't like that.

It might lessen as she finds there is no pain associtated with being girthed up.

One thing you definitely do NOT want to do is to keep your hand up in the "ready " position, just in case. That comes off as a threat and the horse will often be resentful of the pressure that is constant like that.
You can, however, keep your elbow kind of 'cocked", with the point of it sticking out. It isn't pointing AT her, but is off your body such that she will run into it before she runs into your side or shoulder.
     
    12-28-2010, 11:39 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Well I hope me being concientious horse owner is a good thing and not a bad thing..I guess people can take it either way.

I will try out the info you have gave me and update you. I also talked to my trainer and told her what I did to my horse.She is going to measure my horses girth area so I have a properly fitted girth.
     
    12-28-2010, 11:59 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
It's a way good thing, of course! Don't spend too much time feeling guilty. Pretty much a waste of time.
     
    12-29-2010, 12:06 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Lol,okay :P
Thank you..I take that as a compliment.
     

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