I'm at my wits end!
Here is the story, just so this all makes sense. (You don't have to read all this.)
Lady, is a tb cross mare that was born at our farm 7 years ago. We did not have the time to put into her, so she became a pasture pet. Her mother died, less than 24 hours after the birth, so we were forced to bottle feed her. At one day old, the vet ( who was supremely scared of equines) put the nose twitch on her. 1 DAY OLD. After this, she started to develop bad habits, like crowding, biting, headbutting and kicking. We didn't have the knowledge to stop this, so we left her in the pasture for seven years (taking care of her of course). She cannot pick up her feet, she is very very aggressive, and such. Since we sold my project, Keeper, I have taken her in as my new project.
Now, this is my current situation:
I have gotten her out of kicking and biting, (but you can never turn your back on her) and I have gotten so far. She loves the bridle, and I have gotten on her a couple of times. Recently, she has become VERY cinch sour. I can put the saddle and pad on, scratch her stomach, brush her stomach, but as soon as the cinch goes near her stomach , she kicks at it, tries to bite it etc. Its not ME she`s trying to kick or bite either, its the cinch. T`s like she has this eternal hate on for the cinch. Today, I took it off of my saddle, and swung it around etc to see what her problem was. I can hang it off of her head, on her neck, on her back, and she just stands like an angel, but when it gets near her stomach, poof, she changes in a snap. Once I tighten it, I always run my hand under my cinch to free any pinched skin or bunched hair, well, she goes HAYWIRE when I try this. But, without the cinch, I can scratch like no tomorrow. All her tack fits, and she has no pain any where (already had her vet checked). I can do almost anything with her other wise. (She has put up with A LOT from me) I can spend hours yanking on her ever tangled tail with a comb, or braiding her mane and tail, I can brush her for hours, I have even experimented with rope and her saddle pad (Hanging it on her head, under her legs, etc.)She is an amazingly sweet horse when you look past her hard outer layer. Some people just don`t see that though. But does any one have any ideas about her girth ? I use a wool girth, but I will be switching to neoprene on Wednesday. I appreciate any help!