Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
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It sounds like she is becoming girthy. I would start tightening the girth more slowly and take breaks in between. Up one hole, adjust your stirrups, up one more, put her bridle on, up one hole before you get on...you get the idea. Praise her each time she doesn't react.
Here is something an old horsewoman taught me. Before you tighten up your girth, stand in front of your horse. Take one of her forelegs and, grabbing behind the knee, gently pull the leg forward. I assume it loosens up the skin/muscles where the girth lays, and I've done it with extremely girthy horses before and it does improve their reaction to having the girth done.
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