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post #11 of 15 Old 10-20-2013, 06:36 AM
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I would personally have her checked for pain first if you haven't already. Because can you imagine how bad you will feel if you get further down the track and find out she actually was in pain and you were walloping her for trying to show you? And being walloped for being in pain isn't going to do any good, assuming there's a possibility of pain. (Been there, done that, got the T-shirt)

My gelding gets really cranky with the girth and at first I just thought it was him being a jerk, not wanting to be ridden because he was lazy and a toad etc.
Turns out he had a locked shoulder and his wither was out, so in actual fact he was hurting, but I took it as attitude to start with.
I would also agree with the others about checking for ulcers. We know our horses can't turn around and say hey I've got a sore guts, like we can to our friends and family, they have to make their pain known somehow and we know that. She may have been in pain for a long time now, assuming that she hasn't been checked over by a licensed vet/chiro/saddle fitter already.

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If it were me, I'd bring the cinch up enough to touch her belly then lower it a little until she gets tired of baring her teeth. It may take 20 times, it may take 50. Patience is often the best teacher. As for the puffing, cinch her just enough that the pad or saddle won't slip, walk her half a dozen step, tighten again, again walk and snug it up. This may go back to someone throwing the saddle on and tightening too fast, or worse yet, someone may have kneed her in the ribs to get her to deflate. Walking is preferable.
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This mare is OLD. Old horses are cranky. Make sure it's just her being cranky before you start walloping on her for being disrespectful. Personally I would stick the occasional bareback ride and other than that let her retire and enjoy her golden years. She's earned it.
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Thank you guys!
I will make sure it's not pain, then try that sinching trick!
Don't worry, I will not whip her, unless I am forced to :)

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This mare is OLD. Old horses are cranky. Make sure it's just her being cranky before you start walloping on her for being disrespectful. Personally I would stick the occasional bareback ride and other than that let her retire and enjoy her golden years. She's earned it.
I totally agree :) I ride bareback always :) just, when my friends ride they wanna use the saddle... :/

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