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post #21 of 39 Old 01-10-2009, 10:45 AM
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Sandie's been doing this EXACT thing lately as well (and like you, I have also already ruled out soreness as an issue with her)...I've heard from many riders that it's the cold weather, it makes them crazy! I have just been taking extra time (putting it only on the first hole until after we're out in the arena) & warming up the bit just like Vida mentions (we have an old hair dryer in the barn that everyone uses to warm it up quickly -- just watch it's not HOT, don't wanna burn any horsey mouths!). Stick with it & have patience, and she'll get better! But I agree with you that if she were sore, I would think she'd be acting up in the ring as well, not just when you're putting the tack on.

You could try this though (if you haven't already and it sounds like you may already have): take your thumb and pointer finger and run them down her back (pressing FIRMLY) along the sides of her spine and see how she reacts. If she doesn't do anything, it's likely not a back issue. If she flinches or reacts like she does when you go to girth her, it just might be and you may want to call in a vet or someone who specializes to check it out.

I have my vet coming out on Monday to check on Sandie's eyes...I'm going to mention this exact scenario to her about Sandie since she has been doing this lately as well, so I'll let you know what she says about her!

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post #22 of 39 Old 01-11-2009, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE:

So I think I figured out my problem. Yesterday at the barn, I did what ohmyitschelle said, about rubbing the back and girth line, and it worked! At first, Jubilee didn't like it... but she got used to it after a couple minutes, of me rubbing. I worked my fingers down into her coat, until it was nice and warm. I also walked her around before that too. Then I put on the saddle, and did the girth up one hole on each side. She didn't even flinch! And her girth was a lot looser too. Usually when I do it up the first time, its quite snug. Then I walked her around for about 10 minutes with the saddle on, just one hole. Then re-tightened it again, and she was fine.

I also did a similar thing with the bridle. First I warmed it up in my hands, as I always do. Then I put it in (took a little coaxing), lead her around in the arena with her tack on, brought her back, took bridle off and let her go for 10 minutes. Then, when I put the bridle back in for a second time, she took it without an issue! Yay!!

So yes... I definitely think her muscles were just cold and cramped. The walking and rubbing DEFINITELY helped. Thanks so much everyone for all your input!!

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post #23 of 39 Old 01-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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that's AWESOME, glad what ohmyitschelle told you worked -- I may have to try that on Sandie as well now!

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post #24 of 39 Old 01-12-2009, 01:08 AM
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Oh that is simply wonderful Jubliee!
I'm so over the moon it worked for you... it's really amazing how such a "small" thing can be overlooked as we see our horses as creatures who move all the time and despite their massive network of muscles, a lot of us forget to think of them! It's not a bad thing, it's just getting into the habit of remembering!
Oh I'm so happy right now!
I hope it works on Sandie too hoofprints... I really reconmend doing it to any horse, even if it doesn't show signs of being "cold"
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Oh that is simply wonderful Jubliee!
I'm so over the moon it worked for you... it's really amazing how such a "small" thing can be overlooked as we see our horses as creatures who move all the time and despite their massive network of muscles, a lot of us forget to think of them! It's not a bad thing, it's just getting into the habit of remembering!
Oh I'm so happy right now!
I hope it works on Sandie too hoofprints... I really reconmend doing it to any horse, even if it doesn't show signs of being "cold"
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Yes, I was so excited too! Thank you so much! It`s so great when you find the right answer to a problem.

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post #26 of 39 Old 01-13-2009, 01:40 AM
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To me it simply sounds like you have a naughty horse. My mare does this to me from time to time as well. When she does, she gets a swift smack her to stomach and the problem is solved, it shows her that I am in charge, and that behavior is not tolerated. More than likely, your horse reacts fine in the arena because she is working, and now focusing on the work at hand. Chances, are before she was thinking about the work to come, thus equalling her reactions to the girth and bit. Try showing her that you are in charge, and see what happens.
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post #27 of 39 Old 01-13-2009, 03:58 PM
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To me it simply sounds like you have a naughty horse. My mare does this to me from time to time as well. When she does, she gets a swift smack her to stomach and the problem is solved, it shows her that I am in charge, and that behavior is not tolerated. More than likely, your horse reacts fine in the arena because she is working, and now focusing on the work at hand. Chances, are before she was thinking about the work to come, thus equalling her reactions to the girth and bit. Try showing her that you are in charge, and see what happens.
i don't think smacking your horse is going to solve any problems, and probably is going to cause you problems in the future.
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post #28 of 39 Old 01-13-2009, 05:31 PM
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i don't think smacking your horse is going to solve any problems, and probably is going to cause you problems in the future.

Pray tell, what problems could this cause in the future? I would like a detailed list.

Congratulations on getting your problem solved Jubilee Rose.

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I will openly admit that when my horse is posing a threat to me, she's going to get a smack. If I were to hit her over and over again repeatedly, then yes problems would arise. However, one swift smack is going to show her that I am in charge, and her behavior is not tolerated. Horses are herd animals, when they are together, they establish dominance. I would rather my horse understand that I am the boss, instead of her possibly injuring me or someone else.
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post #30 of 39 Old 01-14-2009, 07:40 AM
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I tried the smack, quit being girthy approach... didn't work Misty isn't the kind of pony to use violence with I tried the rubby thing and it worked a bit i don't think i did it for long enough and moo chomps on the bit more than tries to bite you i'm not sure wether she is just warming it up because she does it before i put the saddle on

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